Section 820 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (NDAA) establishes a new Defense Cost Accounting Standards Board (D-CASB) to oversee the application of the cost accounting standards (CAS) to defense contracts.
The amendments made by Section 820 shall take effect on October 1, 2018.
Originally issued between 1970 and 1980 by the Cost Accounting Standards Board (CASB), the CAS are a series of accounting standards “designed to achieve uniformity and consistency” in the measurement of costs, the assignment of costs to cost accounting periods, and the allocation of costs to government contracts. 48 C.F.R. § 9901.302(b).
When first proposing what is now Section 820 of the NDAA, the Senate Armed Services Committee expressed its concern that the current CAS “favor incumbent defense contractors and limit competition by serving as a barrier to participation by non-traditional, small business, and commercial contractors.”
The Committee also viewed the CASB with disapproval, noting how the CASB does not currently have a quorum and has not met in over three years. Thus, the Committee doubted that “any credible reform will emanate out of [the CASB] in the future,” and opted to favor instead a new D-CASB that “will be better suited to meet national security needs.”
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