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Why You Need A Budget

“Nah, we make enough money. Thanks, but no thanks.”  “We never worry about making our payments.”  “Our employees are dedicated to the mission of the business. They’re okay with lower compensation.”  If any of these scenarios sound familiar, stop reading now; this article will not be of interest to you. However, if you want to… The post Why You Need A Budget appeared first on Left Brain Professionals. leftbrainpro.com

Left Brain Professionals

Left Brain Professionals

 

Small Business & Government Relations

NCMA Dayton hosted “Small Business & Government Relations” as part of it’s monthly Bagels & Business series. Panelists: Tom Krusemark, Procurement Center Representative, Small Business Administration Dave London, Chief Operating Officer, Tridec Technologies Bill Cox, Procurement Specialist, Procurement Technical Assistance Center Michael Bridges, President, Peerless Technologies Bill Cox’s opening statement to small businesses “You need… The post Small Business & Government Relation

Left Brain Professionals

Left Brain Professionals

 

Intellectual Property in Government Contracts

Question In your discussion of intellectual property in government contracts, you talked about government purpose rights and how you negotiated with the government for your client to keep the background technology but allow the government to own the form factor.  Where both the contractor and the government contribute funding, the parties are left to negotiate… The post Intellectual Property in Government Contracts appeared first on Left Brain Professionals. leftbrainpro.com

Left Brain Professionals

Left Brain Professionals

 

Demystifying Billing Rate Structures

One of the most common topics we address with clients is their billing rate structure. The conversations tend to start in one of two ways. The first relates to a real or perceived competitive pricing issue. The second relates to an accounting system (software) upgrade. In both cases, we train clients how to properly structure… The post Demystifying Billing Rate Structures appeared first on Left Brain Professionals. leftbrainpro.com
 

Commercial Item Updates in NDAA 2018

Each year brings about new budgets and new National Defense Authorization Acts (NDAA). NDAAs address funding, strategic plans, and rules affecting the defense acquisition process. NDAA 2018 is no exception and here are the highlights regarding cost, price, and accounting. The NDAA includes a number of provisions that reinforce the Congress’ commitment to the acquisition of commercial items under commercial terms. These include requirements for a reassessment of what general procurement statutes

Left Brain Professionals

Left Brain Professionals

 

Accounting Impacts of NDAA 2018

Each year brings about new budgets and new National Defense Authorization Acts (NDAA). NDAAs address funding, strategic plans, and rules affecting the defense acquisition process. NDAA 2018 is no exception and here are the highlights regarding cost, price, and accounting. The NDAA 2018 raises the thresholds for a number of procurement regulations reflecting a recognition that more onerous acquisition regulations should be limited to more costly procurements. The NDAA also reflects an emphasis o

Left Brain Professionals

Left Brain Professionals

 

Accounting Impacts of NDAA 2018

Each year brings about new budgets and new National Defense Authorization Acts (NDAA). NDAAs address funding, strategic plans, and rules affecting the defense acquisition process. NDAA 2018 is no exception and here are the highlights regarding cost, price, and accounting. The NDAA 2018 raises the thresholds for a number of procurement regulations reflecting a recognition… leftbrainpro.com

Left Brain Professionals

Left Brain Professionals

 

Accounting Impacts of NDAA 2018

Each year brings about new budgets and new National Defense Authorization Acts (NDAA). NDAAs address funding, strategic plans, and rules affecting the defense acquisition process. NDAA 2018 is no exception and here are the highlights regarding cost, price, and accounting. The NDAA 2018 raises the thresholds for a number of procurement regulations reflecting a recognition… leftbrainpro.com

Left Brain Professionals

Left Brain Professionals

 

Commercial Item Updates in NDAA 2018

Each year brings about new budgets and new National Defense Authorization Acts (NDAA). NDAAs address funding, strategic plans, and rules affecting the defense acquisition process. NDAA 2018 is no exception and here are the highlights regarding cost, price, and accounting. The NDAA includes a number of provisions that reinforce the Congress’ commitment to the acquisition… leftbrainpro.com

Left Brain Professionals

Left Brain Professionals

 

Commercial Item Updates in NDAA 2018

Each year brings about new budgets and new National Defense Authorization Acts (NDAA). NDAAs address funding, strategic plans, and rules affecting the defense acquisition process. NDAA 2018 is no exception and here are the highlights regarding cost, price, and accounting. The NDAA includes a number of provisions that reinforce the Congress’ commitment to the acquisition… leftbrainpro.com

Left Brain Professionals

Left Brain Professionals

 

Why January is the Best Time to Begin Preparing the Incurred Cost Proposal

A new year presents new opportunities for working more efficiently and effectively. When dealing with federal contracts, the Incurred Cost Proposal (ICP) presents one of the biggest opportunities. You’re closing 2017 and preparing for taxes anyway. What better time to gather information and documents for the ICP? Not sure what an Incurred Cost Proposal is… leftbrainpro.com
 

Why January is the Best Time to Begin Preparing the Incurred Cost Proposal

A new year presents new opportunities for working more efficiently and effectively. When dealing with federal contracts, the Incurred Cost Proposal (ICP) presents one of the biggest opportunities. You’re closing 2017 and preparing for taxes anyway. What better time to gather information and documents for the ICP? Not sure what an Incurred Cost Proposal is… leftbrainpro.com
 

Why January is the Best Time to Begin Preparing the Incurred Cost Proposal

A new year presents new opportunities for working more efficiently and effectively. When dealing with federal contracts, the Incurred Cost Proposal (ICP) presents one of the biggest opportunities. You’re closing 2017 and preparing for taxes anyway. What better time to gather information and documents for the ICP? Not sure what an Incurred Cost Proposal is or whether you’re required to file one? Here’s a brief primer. What is the ICP? The Incurred Cost Proposal (also known as an Incurred Cost
 

DoD Acquisition Updates

The past month has seen a number of proposed acquisition changes. Remember that the FAR/DFARS is updated on a regular basis. As you read the updates, take note of “proposed” rules versus “final” rules, effective dates, and comment periods. When reviewing an RFP/Q or other document, note the effective date of the contract and the… The post DoD Acquisition Updates appeared first on Left Brain Professionals. leftbrainpro.com

Left Brain Professionals

Left Brain Professionals

 

Why Hire a CPA for Government Cybersecurity?

Could your business recover from an abrupt loss of $82,000 to 256,000? That’s how much a single cybersecurity breach could cost a small business, according to an analysis by Tech Republic. For federal government contractors, the stakes are even higher. DFARS 252.204.7008 (Compliance Safeguarding and Covered Defense Information Controls), and 252.204.7012 (Safeguarding Covered Defense Information and Cyber Incident Reporting) requires Department of Defense contractors to fully implement required

Left Brain Professionals

Left Brain Professionals

 

Surviving the DCAA Exit Conference and Audit Remediation

Months can expire between the conclusion of an audit and when the DCAA issues an audit report. Save yourselves needless speculation and angst! Make sure to hold an exit conference before auditors leave your premises. You may want to request that the auditor and the auditor’s supervisor both attend the meeting, Your designated point of contact and affected members of the management team should all attend. An exit conference gives you the opportunity to discuss audit findings before they become

Left Brain Professionals

Left Brain Professionals

 

Answers Blog

Begin Planning Today for DCAA and DCMA Contract Reviews The minute you sign a contract with an agency of the federal government, one thing becomes certain: you will be audited. In fact, depending on your contract, you may undergo several types of contract, proposal, or business system reviews or audits. A wide body of continually changing federal regulations affect how the government ensures that contractors provide goods and services as promised. Some checks and balances fall under the guise

Left Brain Professionals

Left Brain Professionals

 

Received a DCAA Audit Letter? Don’t Panic!

For government contractors, auditing is a matter of when – not if. Yet many contractors still panic when they receive the inevitable audit request from the Defense Contract Audit Agency. If you have been preparing from the start of your contract, you should be in good shape to withstand an audit. Yet, even if you have been so busy running your business that all thought of audits fell to the back burner, there are steps you can take before and after the auditors arrive to manage the process succ

Left Brain Professionals

Left Brain Professionals

 

Begin Planning Today for DCAA and DCMA Contract Reviews

The minute you sign a contract with an agency of the federal government, one thing becomes certain: you will be audited. In fact, depending on your contract, you may undergo several types of contract, proposal, or business system reviews or audits. A wide body of continually changing federal regulations affect how the government ensures that contractors provide goods and services as promised. Some checks and balances fall under the guise of contract management, while others involve formal audit

Left Brain Professionals

Left Brain Professionals

 

Outsource Your Incurred Cost Proposal

Congratulations! You Submitted Your Incurred Cost Proposal. But is it Adequate? If your company has flexibly priced or time-and-materials federal contracts that contain the Allowable Cost & Payment clause (FAR 52.216‐7), you are required to file an Incurred Cost Proposal (also known as an Incurred Cost Submission) within six months of the end of your fiscal year. For calendar year companies, the June 30th deadline just passed. If you submitted your ICP on time, congratulations! It is imper
 

Outsource Your Incurred Cost Proposal

Congratulations! You Submitted Your Incurred Cost Proposal. But is it Adequate? If your company has flexibly priced or time-and-materials federal contracts that contain the Allowable Cost & Payment clause (FAR 52.216‐7), you are required to file an Incurred Cost Proposal (also known as an Incurred Cost Submission) within six months of the end of your… leftbrainpro.com
 

Cybersecurity Best Practices for Small Business Contractors – Part 1

Part 1: New Rules Go Into Effect December 31. Federal government agencies rely upon external contractors to carry out a wide range of functions. Many contractors have access to sensitive data that could, if compromised, potentially reveal classified information, threaten national security or even put lives at risk. As a result, cybersecurity is a critical and growing concern for both federal agencies and contractors. The issue has gained greater urgency, as contractors of all sizes must demons
 

Cybersecurity Best Practices for Small Business Contractors – Part 3

Part 3:  Essential Information Security Policies Now that you have an understanding of the rules, what systems must be covered and security tools you can use to comply, it’s time to consider policies. Keep in mind that your investment in security tools can be rendered useless without appropriate policies and training in place to require that employees use them. Policy Manual (NIST Category 2) A good policy manual should address all 14 categories.  You need to provide written policies and form
 

Cybersecurity Best Practices for Small Business Contractors – Part 2

Part 2:  Covered Systems and Security Tools In the 21st century, broadband networks and information technology have become powerful tools for small businesses. They help business reach new markets and increase sales and productivity. However, the same technology that powers business improvement is vulnerable to attack. Businesses must implement the best tools and tactics to protect themselves, their customers, and their data. As discussed in Part 1, federal contractors face a December 31 deadl
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