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Resolving DCAA Audit Findings... or Kicking the Can Even Further Down the Road?

DHC Webinar

Online Webinar


Blank Rome partner Stephanie M. Harden will be a presenter for the DHC webinar, “Resolving DCAA Audit Findings... or Kicking the Can Even Further Down the Road?,” taking place Friday, July 30, 2021, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. EDT.

About the Program

In a recent Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (“ASBCA”) split decision, a government contractor was denied the opportunity to challenge annual, recurring audit findings. Each year, the contractor would file a claim and then the government would withdraw its claims and settle the issue, only to have the cost questioned again the following year. Compounding the issue, a recent Department of Defense Inspector General (“DoD IG”) report continues to challenge Administrative Contracting Officers (“ACOs”) who do not support audit positions.

Does it seem like it takes more time, effort, and resources working to resolve audit issues? The panel will discuss trending issues and challenges associated with resolving open audit issues.

Topics include:

  • What happened in the recent case and what can a company do?
  • What is the significance of one judge’s dissent? Is this a light at the end of the tunnel or an oncoming train?
  • What is the DoD IG reporting when the ACO does not support an auditor’s position?
  • How has this changed over the years?
  • What is the allowability of costs incurred supporting these audits and claims?
  • Would a decision on the matter stop these costs from being incurred in the future?
  • What is the Defense Contract Management Agency (“DCMA”) doing today? What steps do they need to take moving forward?