Category Archives: Compliance

FAR and CAS Intersection

There is always a discussion looming in the corners of every government cost accounting conference or training session about the linkages between FAR and CAS.  Most of the banter includes phrases like “but I don’t have CAS-covered contracts” or “I … Continue reading

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Is My Accounting System (Quickbooks) Compliant?

DISCLAIMER:  I am in no way promoting Quickbooks or other software in this post.  I am only seeking to clarify some fundamental misconceptions about DCAA-compliant accounting systems. I teach part-time in my spare time at a local community college.  One … Continue reading

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Brief Confessions of an ex-Compliance Officer

I normally find a riveting, edge-of-your-seat article or idea to write about, but I couldn’t help going back into my coffers of experience to do a little browsing around.  Let me give you some background… My bio will tell you … Continue reading

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DoD Issues Five Rules Amending the DFARS

The Department of Defense today issued five rules amending the DoD Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement. Four of the rules are final and one is interim. Two of the rules (DFARS Case 2012-D016 and DFARS Case 2012-D018) adjust thresholds, one rule … Continue reading

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Executive Order Addresses National Defense Resources Preparedness

     President Obama has issued Executive Order 13603, titled “National Defense Resources Preparedness,” effective March 16, 2012.  The order delegates authorities and addresses national defense resource policies and programs under the Defense Production Act of 1940, as amended.       To … Continue reading

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FAR Councils Publish FAC 2005-56

The FAR Councils have issued FAC 2005-56, which contains eight final rules amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation. In order of appearance, the rules are: Item I—Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program (FAR Case 2010-015); Item II—Proper Use and Management of Cost-Reimbursement … Continue reading

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DoD Finalizes Business Systems Rule

The Department of Defense has finalized, with changes, the interim rule (DFARS Case 2009-D038) that amended the DFARS to improve the effectiveness of DoD oversight over contractor business systems. The final rule, effective February 24, clarifies the definition and administration of contractor business … Continue reading

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