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I requested rate verification from DCMA for a significant subcontractor. DCMA did not have any direct labor information on file for the subcontractor so DCMA decided to call the subcontractor to have him explain the calculation of his direct labor rates. The subcontractor offered to provide payroll information to validate the calculation of his proposed direct labor rates. Maybe I am over analyzing but is this the typical process for DCMA to follow if historical rate information is not available? Since this is a competitive procurement and if this is not the typical process, could this be cause for a protest by the prime? If I decide to tell DCMA not to proceed with receiving the payroll information would comparing the proposed rates to established industry rates be enough to support a cost realism analysis?
Hello, It appears that DCMA has taken down the link which leads to the DCMA guidebook on Contractor Purchasing System Reviews (CPSR). http://guidebook.dcma.mil/26/guidebook_process.htm Does anyone have a soft copy that they can send me or know of a different location to download the guidebook? I am helping my company prepare for an upcoming CPSR and believe that this guidbook would be tremendously useful. I have seen a number of CPSR briefings which claim that Appendix B of the guidebook has 55 key topic areas which DCMA auditors expect to be covered as part of a contractor's policies and procedures. It is my understanding that DCMA auditors will review a contractor's policies and procedures to gauge whether the 55 areas have been adequately covered. If anyone has taken any classes related to CPSR preparation and has recommendations, I would certainly be interested in hearing your story. Thanks in advance for your time! Jimmie