The federal government’s Civilian Contract Audit Services Working Group, made up of representatives from more than 13 federal agencies and co-led by the General Services Administration (GSA) and the Federal Aviation Administration, is seeking industry feedback on a Civilian Contract Audit Services Ordering Guide. The Ordering Guide is the result of a cross-agency collaboration to explore options to help agencies efficiently and effectively meet their contract audit requirements.
The Ordering Guide sets forth best practices for issuing task orders against the GSA Multiple Award Schedules for professional services to fill agencies’ contract audit requirements and includes guidance on:
- Contract direct costs,
- Incurred Cost Proposal for Final Overhead and/or Billing Rates,
- Accounting System Reviews,
- Cost Accounting Standards,
- Forward Pricing Rate Agreements,
- Invoice/voucher review, and
- Others, as necessary
The guide supports the Professional Services Category initiative identified as a critical component to meeting current and future contract audit requirements, and ultimately reducing the opportunity for contract duplication.
It is important to note that the DCAA heretofore has been, and in many cases continues to be, the primary source for the conduct of contract audits for cost reimbursable contracts. However, there are circumstances (i.e., work stoppages, capacity, cognizance, etc.) that may require agencies to procure these services from commercial sources. GSA’s Professional Services Schedule addresses that need.
The draft Ordering Guide is available on FedBizOpps (FBO) under Request for Information (RFI) number 1246131. Please provide comments as instructed on FBO. Responses in Portable Document Format (PDF) compatible format are due no later than 5:00 PM PST, October 27, 2017. Responses must be submitted via e-mail to email@example.com. Proprietary information, if any, should be minimized and MUST BE CLEARLY MARKED. Please be advised that all submissions become Government property and will not be returned.
The information provided will be utilized for preliminary planning purposes by the Government to facilitate the decision making process and will not be disclosed outside of the Government. All data received that is marked or designated as corporate or proprietary information will be fully protected from release outside the Government.
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