ReliAscent® will soon be releasing a powerful new software tool and integrating it into our DCAA compliant accounting system platform as an optional feature available to clients. This tool, when combined with our current platform, provides not only indirect rates calculations and subsidiary job cost reports, but also compliant timekeeping, purchasing systems, project management, and other helpful features.Read the Full Blog Here
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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:Read the Full Blog Here
Posted by Tyler Link on Mon, Feb 29, 2016 @ 11:00 AM
ReliAscent is happy to announce that we are rolling out our first, in a series of educational “mini-webinars,” for Government Contractors and Grantees, this Wednesday!Read the Full Blog Here
I often hear people say they want to buy accounting software that is “DCAA Approved”. Or sometimes they say that they need an accounting system that is “DCAA Approved”. This is a bit of a misnomer. First of all, the DCAA does not “approve” software packages nor do they “approve” accounting systems. A software package may be designed to meet FAR and DCAA requirements, or as it sometimes is referred to, to be “compliant” with DCAA requirements. As we have discussed in previous blogs, there are accounting software packages out there that are designed to be compliant with DCAA requirements. There are also accounting software systems that are not designed to be compliant with DCAA requirements but they can usually be incorporated into a compliant system by adding on some external features to cover all of the compliance issues. These “external systems” usually include things like timekeeping systems, expense reporting systems, indirect rate calculation systems and complete subsidiary job cost reporting systems among others. Finally, whether the software is designed to meet DCAA requirements or not, the company employing the system must have a set of policies and procedures to support operation of the system in a uniform manner.
At ReliAscent we realize that a large number of small government contractors use QuickBooks® as their accounting system. Since QuickBooks® is not designed to meet FAR & DCAA requirements, there must be some add-ons as well as a strong system of policies & procedures in order to have a compliant system.
Posted by Mike Anderson on Fri, Jun 20, 2014 @ 10:18 AM
A small business that is a government contractor doesn't have a lot of choices for DCAA compliant accounting software. Most small businesses start by using QuickBooks®. While QuickBooks® is a very good accounting system for a small business, it is not designed to meet DCAA requirements. There are ways to make a QuickBooks® based system into a DCAA compliant accounting system (ReliAscent has been doing this for years), it involves integration of several different pieces. The operation of this type of system can become cumbersome as the company grows in either employees or number of government jobs or both. In the past, many growing small businesses looked to software such as the Deltek GCS Premier® product to accommodate the growth. The Deltek product has been recognized as the "industry standard" for many years. While this is a solution, some of the complaints from small business has focused around the age of the software, the cost of the software and the inflexibility and difficulty of use of the software.