ReliAscent would like to invite all Small Business, Colorado Defense Contractors to attend an event hosted by the NDIA and Colorado PTAC, in Colorado Springs, tomorrow. We encourage you to bring questions as this is the best time to ask for insights and tips on the complicated matters of business systems and federal contracting compliance.Read More
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This is a continuation of the last blog relating issues that were discussed in the Colorado Springs NDIA panel discussion. I thought these issues were relevant enough to devote 2 blogs to cover the content.
Last week I attended a Rocky Mountain Chapter NDIA meeting in Colorado Springs. The meeting was a panel discussion about small business issues in government contracting and featured the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Ombudsman, Brian Castro. Brian is tasked with assisting small businesses that experience excessive or unfair regulatory enforcement actions involving a Federal agency. Essentially this means that the Ombudsman is a “go between” to help small businesses resolve issues with Federal agencies. Other members of the panel, moderated by the Colorado PTAC Executive Director Gary Henry, were Willie Franklin (CH2MHill – large business representative), David Hollenbach (DSoft Technologies – small business representative), Paul Aldrich (Small Business Specialist – Schriever AFB), Kim Diercks (Contracting Officer – USAFA) & Russ Farmer (representing NDIA & ReliAscent). The goal of the discussion was to create open dialog between small businesses, industry and government personnel. I found the panel discussion enlightening as it raised some issues I hadn’t heard before.
Last week I had the opportunity to meet David Hahn the new chairman of the NDIA Small Business Division. David presented his briefing on the plans for the Small Business Division for the coming year. There was also a lively discussion from other small business owners in the meeting as there are definitely some issues that small business owners have in the area of Government Contracting.
As I've mentioned before in our blog, Russ Farmer of ReliAscent (Russ is a part owner and co-founder of ReliAscent) is the chairman of the joint NDIA/SBTC committee that is working on small business issues with the DCAA. The efforts of this committee in their first year have been significant in helping small business's not only voice their concerns to the DCAA but to work out issues with the DCAA. The committee has only been working with the DCAA for a year now but the progress is significant and this should give small business concerns a reason for optimism in government contracting in the future.
As you may know, one of our founders Russ Farmer is serving on a joint committee of the National Defense Industry Association (NDIA) and the Small Business Technology Council (SBTC) to work with the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) to help discuss and resolve issues critical to small business. A guidance memorandum (13-PAC-026(R) came out of the DCAA office this week as the result of the committee that Russ heads up.
A while back I wrote a blog about our Russ Farmer heading a joint committee of the SBTC and NDIA to take small business concerns to the DCAA and DCMA for resolution. At that time the committee was asking for input from Small Business of concerns or problems that they were having with primarily the DCAA but also any issues they might have with DCMA. As you might imagine, there are some issues out there. The first priorities of the committee were to 1) establish a relationship primarily to identify and resolve issues that were common, broad-based and significant and 2) to define a path forward to work on resolution of consultant cost conflicts on dated outstanding incurred cost audits. The issue on the consultant costs has 3 primary issues: