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News | Feb. 16, 2021

DCAA’s New Orleans Branch Office Meets the Mission While Defying Mother Nature

By DCAA Staff Writer

Editor’s Note: Today is Mardi Gras, a seemingly appropriate day to highlight our New Orleans Branch Office. Laissez les bons temps rouler!

DCAA’s New Orleans branch office, as its name implies, is located in New Orleans, La. The office has sub-offices in Baton Rouge, La., Fort Walton, Fla., and Fort Rucker, Ala. They provide audit service to the geographic footprint of Southern Louisiana, all of Mississippi, southern Alabama, and the panhandle of Florida.  The workforce is a cadre of hard working, fun loving, bodacious food eating, parade attending (think Mardi Gras), beach loving folks who do what it takes to meet the mission.

With 36 employees, the branch services approximately 70 smaller contractors and several large contractors. The large contractors include:

  • APTIM (Baton Rouge) - APTIM specializes in engineering, program management, environmental services, disaster recovery, complex facility maintenancCoast Guard Offshore Patrol Cuttere, and construction services.
  • Jacobs Global Defense Solutions - provides Technical Engineering and Integrated Management Solutions to multiple Department of Defense agencies.
  • Reliance Test & Technology – provides engineering and technical support to the Eglin Air Force Base Test and Training Range Complex and the National Radar Cross Section Test Facility for the Air Force.
  • Eastern Shipbuilding Group (Panama City, FL) – designing and building the US Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Cutter. 

With this variety of contractors, the offices perform the full range of audits including incurred cost, pre and post award accounting system reviews, provisional billing rates and mandatory annual audit requirements (MAAR).

Having fun and working hard is the office culture.  Some employees have worked at the office for over 30 years, bringing a wealth of experience to the team. Others are more recent hires but regardless, teamwork is a major part of the office culture and is essential due to the wide variety of work. There is always something to do and the office thrives on challenges.  

The office’s teamwork has been put to the test several times by Mother Nature. The Gulf Coast is no stranger to adverse weather and the New Orleans Branch Office has experienced it all – tornados, floods, and hurricanes. Thankfully, no one has been injured. No matter the situation, they are always there for each other, they keep on smiling and they get the job done.