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Federal Drive interviews -- June 1

Jeff Orner, chief administrative officer at the Department of Homeland Security, talks about a teleworking award his office recently received. Sopen Shah, a defense analyst with Bloomberg Government, discusses a new report on federal contracting. Ed Zurndorfer, registered employee benefits consultant, explains what phased retirement could mean for feds. University of Baltimore law professor Richard Loeb discusses the backlog at the Defense Contract Audit Agency.

Friday - 06/01/2012, 09:43am EDT

Audit backlog may hinder DoD's contracting ability

The Defense Department may be in increasing danger of not knowing whether it's paying contractors a fair price. A rising backlog is crippling the Defense Contract Audit Agency.

Wednesday - 05/30/2012, 08:49am EDT

What contractors need to know about new DFAR rules on business systems

New changes to the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement rules for contractor business systems are now in effect. Under the new rules, the government will withhold five percent of a contractor's payment if any of the company's business systems are found to be "deficient" by the Defense Contract Audit Agency. Brian Waagner, a partner at Husch Backwell, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the changes and how they affect contractors.

Monday - 03/12/2012, 06:48pm EDT
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Scope of DCAA's access to internal audits still muddled

Bill Woods, the director of acquisition and sourcing management issues at GAO, directed a team that reviewed seven defense companies and their internal audit processes. He joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the findings of the report.

Monday - 12/12/2011, 05:51pm EST
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DCAA must work more closely with contractor auditors, GAO says

GAO says that DCAA should come up with a plan that would allow them to have access to Defense companies' audits.

Friday - 12/09/2011, 07:41am EST

Leadership from the top, well-trained workforce are key to DoD audits, experts say

The Pentagon faces an uphill climb in getting ready for an audit of its consolidated financial statements by 2017, outside experts said Thursday. Nonetheless, the goal is achievable if the push is sustained by future secretaries of Defense.

Friday - 11/18/2011, 10:54am EST
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DCMA leads acquisition 'revolution'

The Defense Department said it intends to not just rebuild its acquisition workforce in numbers, but also make sure those employees have access to new tools that will give them the insight they need to make good decisions.

Wednesday - 11/16/2011, 05:29am EST
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DCMA still faces challenges

While the Defense Contract Management Agency has made progress in rebuilding its capacity, it still faces some significant challenges, according to the most recent Government Accountability report examining the agency.

Friday - 11/04/2011, 01:51pm EDT

Could DCAA proposals have led to big savings?

Alan Chvotkin, executive vice president and counsel at the Professional Services Council, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss recent speculation that the Defense Department ignored proposals from the Defense Contract Audit Agency nearly two years ago.

Tuesday - 07/19/2011, 04:50pm EDT
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DCAA tightens audit scopes, sees big returns

DCAA has added 500 employees over the last two years but is conducting fewer, though higher quality, audits each year. Director Patrick Fitzgerald explains the thinking behind a new framework.

Wednesday - 02/09/2011, 09:40am EST
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Contractors survey: Agencies slow in resolving contract issues

Grant Thornton's Kerry Hall describes findings of a survey of government contractors.

Tuesday - 01/18/2011, 03:13pm EST
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DCAA audit assistance explained

Effective immediately, DCAA will accept contracting officers' requests for audit assistance only for fixed-price proposals of more than $10 million and cost-type proposals worth more than $100 million. Tom Temin and Amy Morris explain.

Thursday - 11/11/2010, 09:44am EST
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Make DCAA and DCMA play nice, says industry

Defense budget ax may not come down so hard on Maryland

Friday - 08/20/2010, 08:40am EDT

Wartime Contracting changing in Afghanistan

Afghanistan's president is issuing an ultimatum to thousands of private security contractors he says are undermining his nation's army and police force: Cease operations in four months. Mike Thibault, Co-Chairman of the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan, joins us with reaction.

Wednesday - 08/18/2010, 10:08am EDT
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Human trafficking alleged in Iraq contracting

Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan learns of allegations that subcontractors are stooping to human trafficking to fill positions. We get details from Michael Thibault, co-chair of the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Tuesday - 07/27/2010, 10:08am EDT
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What to expect during a DCAA system audit

April 20th

Being audited by the DCAA is a necessary outcome of doing business with the government. Tune into this week's Gov Con Straight Talk with Microsoft to learn what to expect during a DCAA system audit and what government contactors can do today to help ensure they successfully pass when faced with an audit. The panel will also address how CFOs of government contractors can set their organizations up for success by building a financial management foundation with growth options in out years.

Tuesday - 04/13/2010, 03:35pm EDT
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Dee Lee lets loose

Deidre Lee
Executive Vice President
Professional Services Council
August 31st, 2009

Monday - 08/31/2009, 12:22pm EDT