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Pentagon Appoints Panel to Scrub Acquisition Regulations

The Department of Defense recently appointed 18 members to yet another advisory committee to study the acquisition system. But this one has a much more specific (and arguably more difficult) task than the blue ribbon panels that have come in the decades before it. They’ll study every acquisition regulation ever written that still applies to DoD and its contractors, determine where it came from, and decide whether it still makes any sense.

Acquiring Small Business Government Contractors and the New FAR Small Business Subcontracting Rules

The Federal Acquisition Regulation Council issued a final rule implementing changes to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) small business subcontracting regulations. These changes -- which will become effective on November 1, 2016 -- are consistent with the 2013 regulatory changes to small business subcontracting made by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to implement the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010.

Cybersecurity Alert: Final FAR Cyber Rule on Safeguarding of Contractor Information

In May, the Department of Defense (DOD), General Service Administration (GSA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) issued a long-awaited Final Rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) with a new subpart and contract clause for the basic safeguarding of contractor information systems that contain or process information provided by or generated for the government.

Free Guide to Indirect Cost Rates in Government Contracting

Without the right knowledge and experience, complying with government regulations can be a complex and daunting process for government contractors to navigate. This free guide provides valuable insight on how indirect cost rates are developed and used across the contract life cycle.

Fiscal Year 2015 DCAA Annual Report to Congress

The Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) exists to provide audit and financial advisory services to the Department of Defense (DOD) and other federal agencies responsible for acquisition and contract administration. DCAA’s role in the financial oversight of government contracts is critical to ensuring federal agencies obtain the best value for every dollar spent on defense acquisition. DCAA recently released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Annual Report to Congress as required by 10 U.S.C Section 2313a. The Annual Report highlights DCAA’s key successes, audit performance, industry outreach activities and recommended actions to improve the audit process.

Complimentary Webinar: Navigating the Waters of Indirect Cost Rates in Government Contracting

Without the right knowledge and experience, understanding all the regulations pertaining to government regulations can be complex and daunting. Yet, the success or failure of a government contractor rests on the ability to comply with regulations and maintain costs, while delivering their contracted goods or services. Join the RyanSharkey GovCon experts for a complimentary webinar that will provide insightful tips to help navigate the complexities of indirect cost rates in government contracting.

Indirect Cost Rates - Resources

Without the right knowledge and experience, navigating the waters with government regulations can be a complex and daunting process. Indirect costs include expenses (such as advertising, computing, maintenance, security, supervision, etc.) incurred in joint usage and difficult to assign to or identify with a direct function or program. In government contracting, the total contract value consists of direct costs, indirect costs, and fees. Our Government Contract experts can provide valuable insight and guidance. We invite you to use the following resources to help you navigate.

Government Contractors: How the PATH Act Impacts You

On Dec. 23, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (PATH Act). As expected, the legislation extends many expired provisions. To the surprise of many, however, a number of previously expired tax benefits to individuals and businesses were made permanent. In addition, the Act makes substantive modifications within the extenders package, with an effective date of Jan. 1, 2016, rather than reaching back to Jan. 1, 2015. Many of these changes will have a direct impact on the tax liability of government contractors.

Free Guide: 12 Essential to a Successful DCMA Purchasing System Review

It is important that government contractors stay in compliance with DCMA standards when it comes to their current purchasing system processes and documentation techniques. Here are the 12 essentials that every company must consider as they evaluate their system and prepare for their next review.

PErspective in Government Contracting

2015 saw robust dealmaking in the government contracting sector, and this dynamic is likely to continue through 2016, according to Bloomberg Government. An improved budgetary environment, including relief from sequestration spending limits, and continued focus on national security risks have led to improved revenue forecasts and valuations for defense contractors and other government services providers.