DCAA Compliance Blog

Your Source for DCAA & FAR Compliance News and Discussion

ReliAscent® LLC is the only government contract accounting firm that specializes in all aspects of government contracting compliance.  From our DCAA compliant accounting services, to monthly government contract accounting for all government agency awards, contract management & administration, and financial services & planning, our goal is to ensure the success of our clients, and all small business government contractors and grantees.  

In our DCAA Blog, we discuss the latest government contracting news from the Federal Government, the DCAA, and DCMA, as well as promotions offered by ReliAscent, and helpful tools and resources for contractors.

We hope you will visit and take part in the discussions on our blog on a regular basis. If you ever have any questions or would like to discuss how our experts can help, do not hesitate to contact us at any time!  


Is it Time to Consider Outsourcing Your Government Contract Accounting?

Posted by Tyler Link on Thu, Jun 13, 2019 @ 08:37 AM

Do you find yourself struggling with FAR & DCAA compliance requirements, worrying if you will make a profit on a government contract or grant, or barely staying profitable each yearyet you already have an accounting department or firm that should be handling this for you?  

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Topics: DCAA accounting, DCAA Compliant Accounting, outsourced government contract accounting

DCAA Accounting System Requirements - Making Sense of the SF1408

Posted by Tyler Link on Wed, Mar 20, 2019 @ 10:59 AM

When a Small Business contracts with the Department of Defense, NASA, or the Department of Homeland Security (and potentially other agencies), they are often required to have a DCAA compliant accounting system. While there are many components of a compliant system (just as there many types of DCAA audits), the underlying procedure for assessing a contractor’s system is guided by the Standard Form (SF) 1408 (also known as the “Preaward Survey of  Prospective Contractor Accounting System”), seen here below:

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Topics: DCAA compliance, DCAA accounting, DCAA compliant accounting software, SF1408, DCAA Accounting System, DCAA Pre-Award Survey

Will Not Having an Approved Accounting System Disqualify our Firm From Bid Opportunities? - PART II

Posted by Dave Donley on Tue, Jul 21, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Last week, we discussed the fact that (despite popular misconception), contractors DO NOT in fact need an "approved" accounting system in order to simply bid on contracting opportunities with the Federal Government. In Part II, we examine language in various solicitations from Federal Agencies that supports this assertion.

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Topics: DCAA compliance, DCAA accounting, DCAA Compliant Accounting, dcaa approved accounting systems

Will Not Having An Approved Accounting System Disqualify Our Firm From Bid Opportunities? - PART I

Posted by Dave Donley on Wed, Jul 15, 2015 @ 09:53 AM

Many new/start-up small business federal contractors often ask the question: Will not having an approved accounting system disqualify our firm from bid opportunities? 

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Topics: DCAA accounting, DCAA Compliant Accounting Systems, Government Approved Accounting System, DCAA Accounting System

DCAA Accounting & Business Ethics II

Posted by Mike Anderson on Fri, Apr 18, 2014 @ 09:22 AM

Earlier this week I wrote an article about the declining amount of ethics evident in our society today.  I didn't spend enough time relating this directly to DCAA Accounting and DCAA compliance.  I wanted to talk just a little bit more about that here. 

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Topics: Ethics, DCAA compliance, DCAA accounting

DCAA Accounting and Business Ethics

Posted by Mike Anderson on Tue, Apr 15, 2014 @ 10:04 AM

I saw an article on a news feed the other day that indicated there has been a change in the amount of cheating in business over the last several decades.  The article also indicated that the level of cheating in universities is also increasing.  It seems that the ends justify the means.  Not only have we lost some of our moral fiber in this country, we are seeing this degradation emphasized in schools, business practices and even the media.  I think a person only has to watch a small amount of television (not only the news but in the reality type shows) and you can easily see what I'm talking about.  Combine this with major scandals in the last 15 years (Enron, the mortgage crisis and the global financial crisis in 2008 to mention a few) and the trend is not pretty.    Individuals can have strong moral compasses but the influence of peer groups is overpowering. 

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Topics: Ethics, government contractor, DCAA accounting