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Nov 17, 2009


Rich Wilkinson

Actually the data are much more interesting that just the sound bite quoted. The entire Clarity '09 Highlights Report is available for download at...


The data supporting the sound bite are presented in graphical form on page 32.

In general, the larger the contractor, the more likely they were to report a worsening relationship. But, it’s still a minority of firms. We'll see what next year's survey shows.

To another commenter’s remarks, 92 of the top 100 Government contractors use a Deltek software solution – and more than half of ALL audited contractors. The survey garnered 249 complete responses and the sample sizes show good statistical reliability.

As the principal editor of the survey and the Clarity study, I would welcome any input including new things to include in next year's survey. Please feel free to contact me directly with questions.

Retired Supervisor

My recent experience as a DCAA employee is that anybody who gets a contractor upset gets browbeated. If a supervisor cannot make peace with the contractor, their ratings are lowered. This goes all the way up the chain until the contractor is happy and satisfied. For example, I was overruled when I required the contractor to support their billings to the governemt with basic accounting records.

SoCal Contractor

Interesting survey results. I would have to see the detail to have an opinion on the veracity of the results. Most larger contractors don't use Deltek so the survey results may be biased. Remember, DCAA categorizes contractors into "major" and "non-major" -- with the focus on "major" contractors. I would need to know how many "major" contractors participated in the survey.

Also, I would want to know what types of audits were being conducted -- audits of proposals, audits of indirect rates, audits of internal control systems, or what? DCAA policy guidance has focused on control systems and proposal audits, so those are the audits where DCAA policy guidance directs the auditors to get more confrontational. Which is definitely happening.

That said, from my personal experience, we generally have good relationships with DCAA auditors. We work hard to maintain those relationships and keep things professional, even when we disagree with the findings.

Are things improving? In some areas, yea. DCAA's renewed focus on audit quality has helped to generate better audits and therefore fewer disagreements. But there still are areas in which we hope to see further improvement.

Bryan Rahija

Incidentally, thought this screenshot from my inbox illustrates Deltek's financial interest in DCAA-matters. Didn't take much to trigger that Google ad!

Bryan Rahija
Project On Government Oversight

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