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.
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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:
The National Defense Industry Association (NDIA) has just announced a new sub-committee to focus on resolving issues impacting small business DoD contractors. The primary purpose of the sub-committee is to work for cooperative resolution to issues with the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) and/or the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA). These issues will be openly discussed between the sub-committee and the DCAA and/or the DCMA. The goal will be to reach resolution of the issues in a way that will be in the best interest of the Department of Defense as well as serving the industrial base. This sub-committee will be headed by Russ Farmer, Manager and COO of ReliAscent LLC. The sub-committee will be comprised of members from the NDIA and the Small Business Technology Council (SBTC) members.