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CAS Flowchart

CAS Coverage and Disclosure Statement Requirements Marie Salamone and Teresa Christy recently taught Procurement U – Session 4: CAS Part 1 through Federal Publications Seminars.  Part of this class explores: How to identify if a contract is subject to Cost Accounting Standards (CAS); The types of CAS coverage (full CAS coverage vs. modified CAS coverage );

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OMB UPDATE: Extension of Administrative Relief for Recipients and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance

Administrative Relief from the Office of Management and Budget Update. Extension of Administrative Relief for Recipients and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) due to Loss of Operations On March 19th, 2020 OMB Issued Memorandum M-20-17 which provided short term relief regarding the administrative, financial management, and audit requirements

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DCAA Audits During the COVID-19 Pandemic

DCAA Audits During the COVID-19 Pandemic Shelter in Place Subject Matters to Consider By Norman McCord, Senior Manager  April 22, 2020   Still Happening DCAA is still active during this challenging “shelter in place” time but is, for the most part, auditing by email or telephone.  As is certainly true of many business and Government

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COVID Relief FAQ

Revised DPAP Q&A released – implementation of CARES Act, Section 3610

Insight by: Craig Stetson, Partner April 18, 2020     Revised DPAP Q&A released – implementation of CARES Act, Section 3610 Revised DPAP Q&A released April 17, 2020 – re implementation of CARES Act, Section 3610.  – See Blog posted 4.9.2020 with our expert insight.   Q27 – not unexpected nor unreasonable; contractors will need to provide thorough

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Audit Alert on Limited Contractor Access Due to Coronavirus Disease

Insight by: Craig Stetson, Partner April 15, 2020     Newly released DCAA MRD – Audit Alert on Limited Contractor Access Due to Coronavirus Disease  Regarding potential scope limitations and resulting qualified audit opinions due to access to records during the COVID-19 national emergency. This audit guidance addresses situations where the DCAA may encounter challenges

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CARES Act, Section 3610 – New Points Noted

Insight by: Craig Stetson, Partner April 14, 2020     CARES Act, Section 3610 – New Points Noted Initial questions and responses released April 9, 2020 by the DoD regarding the implementation of CARES Act, Section 3610 – Click to read Blog posted 4.9.2020 with our expert insight.  As noted by DPAP, questions and responses

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RFI Only – Commercial Item Determination Opportunity

Insight by: Craig Stetson, Partner April 13, 2020 RFI Only – Commercial Item Determination Opportunity An item discussed at the February Commercial Item Group (CIG) Industry Day conference was an expansion of the CIG’s traditional scope of services to perform commercial item determinations (CIDs) directly for selected contractors. The CIG recently issued this RFI seeking

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Industry Expertise In Times Of Uncertainty

DoD Class Deviation – CARES Act, Section 3610 Implementation Framework

Insight by: Craig Stetson, Partner April 9, 2020     DoD Class Deviation – CARES Act, Section 3610 Implementation Framework The initial March 30, 2020 DPAP memo indicated additional guidance on implementation of Section 3610 of the CARES Act would be forthcoming. The DoD issued April 8, 2080 a class deviation authorizing contracting officers (CO) to use

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MEMORANDUM:  Managing Defense Contracts Impacts of the Novel Coronavirus

Insight by: Craig Stetson, Partner March 31, 2020   MEMORANDUM:  Managing Defense Contracts Impacts of the Novel Coronavirus A DPAP memo was released reinforcing other recent government directives / communications regarding contractor cost and schedule impacts caused by COVID-19. Two main points emerge from this memo: Various FAR clauses may provide relief to contractors to

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Class Deviation – Submission of Interim Vouchers Under Classified Contracts

Insight by: Craig Stetson, Partner March 30, 2020     MEMORANDUM:  Class Deviation – Submission of Interim Vouchers Under Classified Contracts The government implemented an initiative to accelerate payments to contractors to minimize contract performance challenges arising from COVID-19. This DoD class deviation allows contractors to submit interim public vouchers under classified contracts directly to

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COVID Economy

COVID-19 – Government Contractor Compliance and Financial Considerations

Written by: Craig Stetson, Partner As the sustained acceleration of the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues across the US and abroad, government contractors will face significant and rapidly changing challenges and disruptions impacting various aspects of day-to-day operations, performance, delivery and compliance requirements under their federal government prime contracts or subcontracts.    Government contractors confronting contractual performance

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MEMORANDUM FOR DEFENSE INDUSTRIAL BASE ISSUED

March 21, 2020 DoD GovCon community – Defense Industrial Base deemed Critical Infrastructure Sector by DHS and Ms. Lord provides associated guidance. Consistent with the President’s guidelines: “If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule. ”

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Capital Edge Consulting Hires Corporate Attorney Ryan Fleischer

Experienced lawyer and compliance professional Ryan Fleischer joins Capital Edge to support internal business operations and contract and subcontract negotiation and administration. McLean, VA, March 12, 2020 — Capital Edge Consulting, Inc., a nationwide consulting firm that specializes in helping federal government contractors solve complex business challenges, announces the addition of Corporate Attorney Ryan Fleischer. 

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UPDATE: The Office of Management and Budget (0MB) Memorandum -Administrative Relief for Recipients and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET WASHINGTON, D.C. 20503 March 9, 2020 M-20-11 MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES FROM: Margaret Weichert Deputy Director of Manageme SUBJECT: The Office of Management and Budget (0MB) has identified the following agency actions to relieve short term administrative, financial management and

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For a Third Year, Capital Edge Continues Sponsorship of the National Contract Management Association’s Boston Chapter March Workshop

Capital Edge Continues Commitment to Educating Contract Management Professionals through Sponsorship of 59th Annual NCMA Boston Chapter Workshop McLean, VA – March 04, 2020 – Capital Edge Consulting, Inc., a global consulting firm that specializes in helping federal government contractors solve complex business problems, is pleased to announce company sponsorship and two session trainings for

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Random Acts of Kindness – Volunteer Initiative

Many Hands Make an Impact – Random Acts of Kindness In recognition of National Random Acts of Kindness Day (Monday, February 17, 2020), team members Karen Howley, Francis Reilly, Sammie Warnecki, and Ray Winner visited two local fire stations to deliver boxes of Girl Scout cookies as a thank you for serving and protecting our

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2 CFR 200 – Uniform Guidance: PROPOSED RULE UPDATE

January 22, 2020 2 CFR 200 – Uniform Guidance is finally getting an update! On January 22, 2020 the Management and Budget Office Published a Proposed Rule Update – Title 2 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Subtitle A–OMB Guidance for Grants and Agreements “…proposed revisions are intended to reduce recipient burden, provide guidance on

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Audit

Truth in Negotiations Requests

Truth in Negotiations Requests Summary Have you recently received a letter from the local Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) office requesting specific information on recent government contract awards?  Many of our clients have, which raised concern because the letters have not disclosed DCAA’s purpose, need or intended use of the information requested. What You Need

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Toys for Tots – Volunteer Initiative

Toys for Tots was founded in 1947 by reservist Major Bill Hendricks as a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which distributes toys to children whose families may not be able to afford to buy them gifts for the Holiday. Our team members Anthony Kim, Marie Salamone, and Billy Bowling supported the

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UPDATE: Small business status for federal government contracting

Make sure you are accurately determining your organizations’ small business status for federal government contracting. NOTICE: SBA Increases Time Period for Calculating Annual Receipts of Small Businesses from 3 Years to 5 Years for Size Standard Purposes Effective January 6, 2020, for size standard purposes, SBA is increasing the time period for calculating small business

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Ronald McDonald House – Volunteer Initiative

Capital Edge team members – Paul Bailey, Karen Howley, Francis Reilly, Jennifer Rettelle, and Samantha Warnecki – recently visited the local Ronald McDonald House in Fairfax, Virginia.  They volunteered time to serve as guest chefs and prepared a warm and hearty meal for family members to enjoy after spending the day at the hospital with

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Treats for Troops/Soldiers’ Angels – Volunteer Initiative

“One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats.” ~Iris Murdoc If you are looking to clear out an overabundance of sweets from Halloween, please consider donating.  Candy will be accepted in our location on weekdays from Friday, November 1, 2019 – Friday, November 8, 2019. 8200 Greensboro Park Concierge Desk 1st

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NICU Quilt – Volunteer Initiative

“A baby is as pure as an angel and as fresh as a blooming flower.” ~Debasish Mridha Our own Jennifer Rettelle visited the Birthing Inn at INOVA Loudoun Hospital in September to donate baby quilts.  As an avid quilter, she handmakes quilts will be used for preemie and sick babies who are admitted to the

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Capital Edge Consulting Announces the Promotion of Several Employees to Senior Leadership Positions

Government Contract Consulting firm, Capital Edge Consulting, Inc., Celebrates Recent Promotions McLean, VA – September 25, 2019- Capital Edge Consulting, Inc., a national consulting firm that specializes in helping federal government contractors solve compliance and regulatory complexities, announces the promotion of several key employees within the company. “Capital Edge Consulting is very pleased to announce

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Capital Edge Consulting Makes Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies for the Fourth Year

Leading Government Contract Consulting Firm moves up almost 100 Ranks on Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies McLean, VA, September 12, 2019 – Capital Edge Consulting, a nationwide consulting firm that specializes in helping federal government contractors solve complex business problems, is pleased to announce that it has ranked as one of the

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Back-to-School Drive – Volunteer Initiative

Helping kids start the school year off strong Benjamin Franklin once said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”  Supporting students with the essentials gives them the stepping stones they need to focus on the year ahead. Capital Edge team members are supporting local students by volunteering time to prepare a drop-off location to

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Paul Bailey NDIA Award

Partner, Paul M. Bailey, recipient of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Procurement Division’s prestigious Howard H. Cork Memorial Award

  Capital Edge Partner, Paul M. Bailey, recipient of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Procurement Division’s prestigious Government Contracting Industry Howard H. Cork Memorial Award   McLean, VA–July 23, 2019 – Capital Edge Consulting, Inc., a global consulting firm that specializes in helping federal government contractors solve complex business problems, is pleased to announce

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Visit to Jacobs House Orphanage in Korea – Volunteer Initiative

Our team members Anthony Kim, Ben Sedelmeier and Jon Bencivenga visited the Jacobs House Orphanage in South Korea with clients. During the visit, they provided clothing, snacks, toys, and other greatly needed supplies.  Most importantly, the team spent the afternoon interacting with the children. “Anthony without a doubt took first place for the most popular

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The Defense Contract Audit Agency’s Fiscal Year 2018 annual Report to Congress

Report to Congress on FY 2018 Activities Defense Contract Audit Agency U.S. Department of Defense Released

NEWS:  The Defense Contract Audit Agency’s  – DCAA – Fiscal Year 2018 Annual Report to Congress, as required by 10 U.S.C. §2313a has been released DCAA Summary: This report highlights DCAA’s audit performance, recommendations to improve the audit process, industry outreach activities, and key accomplishments. As a result of DCAA audits, contract officials saved $3.2

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Government Contract Acronyms Resource Sheet

Our Experts know Government Contracting regulations can be difficult to manage, but terminology should not be. The GovCon industry uses a lot of acronyms so our team put together some of the most used terms as a quick resource. Below are some of the most common acronyms and we created a printable document to keep

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Care Packages for Deployed Soldiers- Volunteer Initiative

Our team member Amanda Eubanks and her daughter have been involved in an ongoing initiative of assembling care packages for deployed service men and women. The program recently worked with Piney Grove Middle School and DeSana Middle School as part of their “Give Back Days”.  The students, parents, and teachers do an amazing job of

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DCAA UPDATE: Expressly Unallowable Costs – newly issued MRD

DCAA MRD: Expressly Unallowable Costs – newly issued MRD updating DCAA’s view of expressly unallowable costs. Guidance is largely the same as issued 4 years ago with new specific references to a few recent Raytheon cases. A few observations – I) many of the cost principle excerpts include conditional language; i.e., the costs are not

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Soldiers’ Angels – Baby Brigade – Volunteer Initiative

Our team members Jennifer Rettelle and Renata Walsh are regular supports of Soldiers’ Angels – Baby Brigade, formerly called Operation Top Knot.  This team of Angel volunteers from across the country provide virtual baby showers for military families to help ease the emotional and financial stresses of military life. Due to the difficulty of deployments

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5 Ways to Prep for the Audit While Preparing the Incurred Cost Proposal

5 Ways to Prep for the Audit While Preparing the Incurred Cost Proposal Jennifer Rettelle, Director of Operations | Capital Edge Consulting, Inc. The requirement to submit a final indirect cost rate proposal, more commonly referred to as the Incurred Cost Proposal or Incurred Cost Submission (ICS) is contained in FAR clause 52.216-7(d)(2)(i) – Allowable

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Capital Edge Announces Sponsorship of Federal Publications Seminars Premier Weeklong Conferences

Capital Edge Continues Commitment to Educating Government Contractors through Sponsorship of Federal Publications Annual Premier Weeklong Conferences McLean, VA – May 06, 2019 – Capital Edge Consulting, Inc., a global consulting firm that specializes in helping federal government contractors solve complex business problems, is pleased to announce company sponsorship of Federal Publications Seminars premier conferences

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Honor Flight – Volunteer Initiative

An Honor Flight is conducted by non-profit organizations dedicated to transporting as many United States military veterans as possible to see the memorials of the respective war they fought in Washington, DC, at no cost to the veterans. Mail Call is a special surprise for the Veterans who fly on the Honor Flight! Mail Call

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The Wish Project – Volunteer Initiative

The Merrimack Valley communities have some of the highest poverty rates in the state, according to the National Low Income Coalition Out of Reach study – Massachusetts ranks sixth as the most expensive state for renters. Even for a two income family, obtaining household goods is a daunting task under these conditions, for an at-risk family

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GSA picks Ernst and Young to phase out the DUNS number

Written by Billy Mitchell MAR 19, 2019 | FEDSCOOP The government is moving to a new provider to validate and track its business with contractors and other parties. The General Services Administration awarded a $41.75 million contract to Ernst and Young LLP for up to five years of entity validation services for the federal award process through GSA’s System

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NCMA Boston Annual March Workshop

Capital Edge Continues Sponsorship of the National Contract Management Association’s Boston Chapter March Workshop

Capital Edge Continues Commitment to Educating Contract Management Professionals through Sponsorship of 58th Annual NCMA Boston Chapter Workshop McLean, VA – March 5, 2019 – Capital Edge Consulting, Inc., a global consulting firm that specializes in helping federal government contractors solve complex business problems, is pleased to announce company sponsorship and session training for the

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FARSite’s useful features may be incorporated into Acquisition.gov

In the initial announcement of FARSITE changes, there was no word about whether the FARSite’s capability to simultaneously search both the FAR and individual agency FAR supplements would be part of the transition.  This feature is especially useful when researching the application of a specific FAR provision or clause in a particular agency’s solicitation or

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NNEMA Food Pantry – Volunteer Initiative

Capital Edge continued the Many Hands Make an Impact Program  supporting NNEMAP Food Pantry Team members Samantha, Michelle, Ray and Lana supported NNEMAP Food Pantry, serving neighbors on the near north side of Columbus, Ohio in a team activity on February 27th, 2019. As a member agency of the Mid-Ohio Food Bank, NNEMAP’s primary focus

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Hill AFB’s FARSite to go away on October 1, 2019

Big news in the hashtag#govcon world: Hill AFB’s FARSite to go away on October 1, 2019. It’s been accessed online more than 2.3 billion times since its launch in mid-1996.  But on Sept. 30th of this year, it will be retired. The “it” is the popular and functional FARSite search engine, maintained by Hill Air Force Base

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Capital Edge Launches New Initiative – Many Hands Make an Impact

Capital Edge continues commitment to Individual and corporate sponsored volunteerism in the communities where team members live and work McLean, VA – February 11, 2019 – Capital Edge Consulting, Inc., a global consulting firm that specializes in helping federal government contractors solve complex business problems, recently announced their company 2019 volunteer initiative – Many Hands

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Government Accountability Office (GAO)

GAO Release: Recommendation to monitor and ensure contractor business system reviews are conducted in a timely fashion.

CONTRACTOR BUSINESS SYSTEMS: DOD Needs Better Information to Monitor and Assess Review Process GAO-19-212: Published: Feb 7, 2019. Publicly Released: Feb 7, 2019. The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress. Often called the “congressional watchdog,” GAO examines how taxpayer dollars are spent and provides Congress and federal agencies

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DCAA Audits of Government Contractor Business Systems

DCAA Audits of Government Contractor Business Systems – Key Risk Mitigation Strategies to Promote an Adequacy Determination Craig Stetson, Partner | Capital Edge Consulting, Inc. The Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) recently indicated as a 2019 agency initiative a significant increase in their dcaa audit efforts around contractor business systems. The DCAA’s renewed focus on

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Loudoun Hunger Relief – Volunteer Initiative

Capital Edge opened the Many Hands Make an Impact Program with an initiative supporting Loudoun Hunger Relief. Team members Bob, Karen, and Jennifer supported Loudoun Hunger Relief and packed bags of perishable and non-perishable food for 200+ families at a pop-up market on January 24, 2019.  This market is open to support people impacted by

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The 809 Panel January 2019 Report Released

The 809 Panel released yesterday their final report Volume 3 of the Final Report represents the culmination of more than 2 years of collective brainstorming, engagement, and intense research about how to change defense acquisition from an outdated, industrial bureaucracy to a more streamlined, agile system able to evolve in sync with the speed of

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DCAA Update

Business Systems Compliance for 2019

Business Systems Compliance Update for 2019 – the DCAA indicated recently a current initiative to significantly increase their audit efforts in 2019 of contractor business systems (accounting, estimating and MMAS). 2018 Reports showed the following data for Business Systems Audits: Accounting Systems: 447 MMAS: 7 Estimating: 11 2019 Planned Business Systems Audits: Accounting Systems: 995

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DoD Class Deviation Issued On Use of Fixed-Price Contracts

SUMMARY: Award of cost-reimbursement contracts exceeding $50M now requires the head of contracting activity approval. Further, this threshold decreases to $25M applicable to contracts awarded on or after October 1, 2019. We would expect further guidance on the implementation as related to options, mods, IDIQ TOs / DOs, etc. SUBJECT: Class Deviation-Use of Fixed-Price Contracts Effective

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Compliance Roundup – What Government Contractors Should Know – Compliance Updates to be aware of now and through 2018

Compliance Roundup – What Government Contractors Should Know – Compliance Updates to be aware of now and through 2018 Craig Stetson, Partner with Capital Edge Consulting, Inc. Various federal agencies during the first half of 2018 have issued final and proposed rules or agency direction related to regulatory compliance requirements associated with U.S. federal government

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2018 Government Contract Accounting and Regulatory Update October 17-18, 2018

The Capital Edge Team invites you to the 2 for 1 Registration – 2018 Government Contract Accounting and Regulatory Update October 17-18. Register online and bring a colleague free. Reference promo code 2FOR1ARU2018.  October 17-18, 2018 The Westin Washington D.C. City Center Washington, DC $495 for two registrations!!!! *Register now and bring a colleague at no charge. Reference

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UPDATE – Performance-Based Payments and Progress Payments (DFARS Case 2017-D019)

UPDATE to Proposed Rule by Defense Acquisition Regulations System on 09/10/2018 Performance-Based Payments and Progress Payments DFARS Case 2017-D019 Due in large part to the opposition voiced by Contractors and Industry Associations, the Department of Defense has rescinded the Department of Defense’s (DoD) supplement to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (DFARS) proposed rule that would have brought significant change

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12 Essentials to a Successful DCMA Contractor Purchasing System Review

12 Essentials to a Successful DCMA Contractor Purchasing System Review By Stephen ‘Chase’ Kunk, J.D. – Vice President, Contracts & Procurement The Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) has defined the Contractor Purchasing System Review (CPSR) Group’s mission – “Ensure that [Government] suppliers’ have purchasing systems in place that contribute to effective subcontract management. Effective subcontract

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The 809 Panel June 2018 Volume 2 Report Released

The 809 Panel released June Volume 2 Report This Volume 2 Report builds on the Section 809 Panel’s previous policy recommendations by offering an introductory paper on the tenets of a viable defense acquisition system aimed at improving the existing over-managed system to more readily meet warfighter needs. This report represents an overview of the

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New System for Award Management (SAM) Registration

Important Notice Regarding New System for Award Management (SAM) Registration: The General Services Administration (GSA) has recently noted an increase in third-party fraudulent activity within SAM. GSA has launched an investigation into third-party registrations, deactivated affected SAM entity registrations, and advised the affected entities to validate their registration information in SAM, particularly their financial information

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Common Preparation Pitfalls with the Final Indirect Cost Rate Proposal

Common Preparation Pitfalls with the Final Indirect Cost Rate Proposal Each year, Capital Edge works with numerous companies either developing, assisting with, or reviewing their final indirect cost rate proposals. The requirement to submit a final indirect cost rate proposal, more commonly referred to as the “ Incurred Cost Proposal or Incurred Cost Submission (ICS)

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Section 809 Panel Advisory Report – Section 2 – Contract Compliance and Audit

What was Reported? The Section 809 Advisory Panel, established under Section 809 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2016, issued January 31, 2018, their Volume 1 of 3 Report of the Advisory Panel on Streamlining and Codifying Acquisition Regulations (Report). The eight-section Report addresses various aspects of the Department of Defense (DoD) acquisition process

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The 809 Panel January 2018 Volume 1 Report Released

The 809 Panel released  Volume 1 Report THE SECTION 809 PANEL’S VOLUME 1 REPORT is the first of three volumes and continues the panel’s mandate for making recommendations to streamline acquisition. To date, the efforts of the panel have proven highly productive, and outreach efforts continue to generate hundreds of ideas for improving acquisition that

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PSC Highlights Impact on Contractors as FY18 NDAA is Signed into Law

December 12, 2017 Arlington, V.A. (Dec. 12, 2017) – PSC today welcomed the president’s signing of the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which authorizes national security funding, provides policy direction, and significantly changes rules governing how contractors provide services and ensure mission success for the Department of Defense. “The FY18 NDAA has a

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The Section 809 Panel Overview Resource

The Section 809 Panel was established by Congress in the FY 2016 NDAA to address issues with the way DoD buys what it needs to equip its warfighters. Since its inception, the panel has published an Interim Report and three-volume Final Report, containing a total of 98 recommendations aimed at changing the overall structure and

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New Proposed Rule by the Veterans Affairs Department to revise or remove any policy that has been superseded by changes in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)

Revise and Streamline VA Acquisition Regulation To Adhere to Federal Acquisition Regulation Principles SUMMARY: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is proposing to amend and update its VA Acquisition Regulation (VAAR). Under this initiative all parts of the regulation are being reviewed in phased increments to revise or remove any policy that has been superseded

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GovCon Compliance Outlook: Sponsored Lunch and Learn Series

Join the Capital Edge Consulting GovCon Experts for the JAMIS Software sponsored GovCon Lunch and Learn Series. Participants will explore current regulatory updates and challenges confronting government contractors. With a new year and administration, come new opportunities as well as challenges. In the government contract regulatory compliance environment, transparency of the contracting process has gained considerable importance

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Evaluating the Defense Contract Auditing Process

The Director of the DCAA and selected industry representatives testified April 6th in front of the House Armed Services Committee regarding the current state of the DoD contract auditing process, i.e., the DCAA.  Not surprisingly, the views of the DCAA and industry were quite opposing based on a read of the written testimony.  A high-level

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Procurement University

Join Federal Publications Seminars and Capital Edge Consulting for a webinar series designed to enhance your knowledge over an 8-month span. Purchase FPSOnline Subscription for $595 and Procurement University is included. Participate through interaction with instructors who are experts in their field. Each session is 90 minutes. Earn CPE credits if you attend the live sessions*

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Report-10 Fastest Growing Areas in Government Contracting

Leading commerce intelligence in business-to-government (B2G) Onvia, released the third edition of its annual “10 Hotspots in Government Contracting” research ranking the fastest areas of growth in government contracting. Key Drivers: Efficiency, Safety, Functionality and Compliance Stimulate Demand Within the dynamic $2 trillion B2G marketplace, spending from state, local and education (SLED) agencies reaches around

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Contractor Purchasing System Review (CPSR) Expertise

Capital Edge Consulting CPSR experts have considerable industry and consulting experience in supporting organizations through the CPSR process. Our approach to purchasing system compliance has always been “one size does NOT fit all”; rather, make the public laws and regulatory requirements work for your business model and processes. This practical approach has become the cornerstone

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DOD Issues Final DFARS Rule on Network Penetration and Cloud Computing

WHAT: The Department of Defense (DOD) has adopted a final rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to require covered contractors to implement certain cybersecurity safeguards and report data breaches within 72 hours, adopting NIST SP 800-171 as the baseline for covered information system security requirements, and standardizing security requirements for cloud-based services.

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Portion of Fair UPATE: Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order Blocked

As posted by: jdsupra.com/Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP 2016 On Tuesday of this week, a federal judge in Texas granted a nationwide preliminary injunction blocking the portions of President Obama’s “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive Order. That order, signed in 2014 and scheduled to take effect on October 25, 2016, has three discrete parts, each described as

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NASA – Processing of Public Vouchers

Interim NASA rule, effective September 14, 2016, revising request for payments under public vouchers submitted under cost reimbursement contracts. As the DCAA is currently prohibited from performing audit services for non-DoD agencies under the provisions of the 2016 NDAA, NASA contractors are now required to submit public vouchers (electronically is preferred) directly to the NASA

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DPAP Guidance – Commercial Items

A recent DPAP guidance memo was issued re commercial item and price reasonableness determinations. The underlying objective of the guidance appears to focus on movement towards timely and consistent determinations made within the Agency related to same or similar purchases made throughout the Agency. This initiative of consistency is in transition, and, in the meantime the

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Federal Contractors Now Subject to “Basic Safeguarding” Cybersecurity Requirements

As of June 15, 2016, the US Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will require federal government contractors to apply 15 basic cybersecurity safeguarding requirements and procedures to protect their information systems. These safeguarding requirements are based on the security requirements published by the National Institute

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