One informed POGO blog reader posted this in response to the flurry around a GAO report on several DCAA audits:
The GAO report is really quite thin on substance. One great example that everyone seems to be making “hay” about is the allegation that a contractor had disapproved the scope of a DCAA audit and the auditor was forced to comply with the contractor’s wishes. That’s not what happened, and GAO’s report is disingenuous in this regard. DCAA, against its own wishes was forced by OSD, DCMA, and the Air Force, to put together a so-called Integrated Product Team (IPT), which included the contractor, for the purpose of conducting audits on the contractor. This policy was the brainchild of Jacques Gansler, the Clinton-era Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, and his Deputy, Stan Soloway, now President of the contractor lobbying group, the Professional Services Council. The IPT agreement spelled out the scope of the audit in advance, and when DCAA started the audit, the contractor disagreed with the what DCAA was doing, arguing that it violated the IPT agreement. OSD, DCMA and the Air Force concurred with the contractor, so DCAA was forced to limit the audit scope to what was in the IPT agreement. The contractor did not force the change in audit scope, the members of the IPT did, and DCAA was a very reluctant “partner” in that IPT (in fact, DCAA stopped using IPTs).
Also, Collins and Lieberman have some nerve criticizing DCAA. Their support of “acquisition reform” and limiting government access to contractor cost or pricing data has done more to bilk the taxpayer than anything some DCAA auditors might or might not have done. It reminds me of the recent report by Jacques Gansler finding that the acquisition workforce at DOD had been downsized too much. And who would know better about this than Gansler, as he was the person most responsible for the acquisition workforce downsizing during the Clinton Administration. Talk about hypocrisy.
I'm NOT quite as willing to let DCAA off the hook (I forgot to include the word "not" in my original posting.). But POGO readers should know this side of the story.
-- Nick Schwellenbach