DCAA Compliance Blog

Your Source for DCAA News and Information for Contractors

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!  


 

IP Protection Seminar with ReliAscent Partner, Martensen IP

Posted by Tyler Link on Mon, Jul 10, 2017 @ 11:02 AM

ReliAscent partner, Martensen IP (a Colorado Springs-based IP protection and government contracting law firm), is hosting an event for contractors tomorrow, at the Catalyst Campus for Technology & Innovation, in Colorado Springs. Protecting your IP is critical in the Federal Government Contracting realm (especially for SBIR/STTR contractors and grantees), and we encourage our clients and other Colorado-based defense contractors to attend if you have the chance.

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Topics: IP Rights, IP Strategy, IP Protection Lawyers, SBIR IP Protection


INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CONSIDERATIONS IN GOVERNMENT SPACE AND CYBER

Posted by Michael Martensen on Wed, Jun 28, 2017 @ 10:03 AM

A survey of landmines that may await you, and an advantageous roadmap to guide you away from danger with sound pointers on how to protect your IP while operating in the government sphere.

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Topics: IP Rights, IP Strategy, IP Protection Lawyers, SBIR IP Protection


Special Guest Blog: "Staying up to date with Leave Policies" - Clockwise Timekeeping Software

Posted by Sade Joseph on Thu, Apr 06, 2017 @ 10:46 AM

The topic of leave is a prevailing trend regarding work-force policies. The momentum continues to build as we transition into a new administration and see changing laws and employee expectations. It is possible we will see a shift in more companies introducing paid family leave, a shift from accrued vacation and sick to PTO (paid time off), and a shift to remote/ telecommuting work options vs. the traditional office based position.

When establishing a time and attendance tracking system, Clockwise always asks for your current data such as: employees, jobs, overtime and leave policies. These rules are built into the software to best serve your current needs. However, as company policies change like new accrual rates or rollover amounts, settings will need to be adjusted also.

Sometimes it is not caught for months but at this point, there will be data cleanup needed. To help avoid this pitfall, we recommend that a data and policy review happen at least once a year if not every 6 months. By taking the few extra minutes to check settings and procedures, you ensure less clean up down the road.

Tips to avoid complications:

  • Stay up to date on federal, state, and county/city laws. Currently, private sector employers with 50 or more staff members, public agencies, and public/private elementary and secondary schools are required to provide covered employees job-protected  with up to 12 workweeks of unpaid leave for qualified medical and family reasons.
  • Plan ahead by putting it on your calendar to review leave policies every 6 months or note or question policy changes at company planning meetings.
  • If any changes arise in leave policy, make sure to contact a representative from your time and attendance software.
  • If leave policy changes are needed, make sure to notify all parties that are affected.  

The increasing complexity of federal, state and local leave laws, combined with changing employment trends makes it critically important for employers to utilize these steps and review their leave policies and procedures frequently. In addition to achieving legal compliance, annual reviews should seek to ensure consistency among the range of handbook policies governing leave, accommodation, paid time off, attendance, disability, fitness for duty, light duty, drug testing, physical agility testing, medical examinations, wellness programs and related matters. 

For more information on Clockwise time and attendance solutions, and industry standards, be sure to visit www.goclockwise.com.

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Topics: IP Rights, IP Strategy, Software Copyrights


Special Guest Blog: PROTECTING YOUR SOFTWARE IN DEFENSE CONTRACTING

Posted by Jack Stuart and Michael Martensen on Mon, Feb 06, 2017 @ 09:20 AM

The following is a brief summary, written by our partners at Martesen IP (Jack Stuart and Michael Martensen), of the most important issues involved with protecting your copyrights when dealing with the government – specifically the Department of Defense (DoD) – either as a prime or subcontractor. Many contractors believe copyright protection is unimportant, since the government has so-called “unlimited rights” to the “deliverable” – that is, the software – but nothing could be further from the truth. We begin by dismantling this commonly-held myth, then we move on to explain how to provide copyright notice. We then discuss the advantages and pitfalls associated with registering software source code with the United States Copyright Office. Finally, we briefly discuss a potential landmine buried in the arcane DoD acquisition regulations governing DoD contracts. While these topics do not exhaust the issue of copyrights in defense contracting, they do cover the primary concerns. As with any article from Martensen, please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information regarding your particular concerns.

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Topics: IP Rights, IP Strategy, Software Copyrights


ReliAscent Partners with Martensen IP

Posted by Tyler Link on Tue, Mar 15, 2016 @ 09:30 AM

ReliAscent is proud to announce our partnership with Martensen, a law firm specializing in intellectual property (IP) and serving businesses contracting with the Federal Government.  Martensen offers critically important, often overlooked services to contractors/grantees, and we highly recommend all businesses have their IP protection strategies professionally evaluated prior to submitting any proposal to the Government or any other entity.

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Topics: Intellectual Property, IP Rights, IP Strategy, Intellectual Property Protection, IP Protection Lawyers, SBIR IP Protection