News Stories

May 5, 2020

Teaching is Leading Students Down the Learning Path

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth of our series celebrating National Teacher Day. Rick is one of the newest instructors in the Defense Contract Audit Institute's (DCAI) Leadership Academy where he teaches DISC behavioral styles and soft skills as part of the new hire onboarding curriculum. Rick joined DCAI in July of 2019 and brings extensive

May 5, 2020

Teaching is Influencing Others in a Positive Way

Editor’s Note: This is the third in our series celebrating National Teacher Day. Susanne Gordineer teaches the New Hire Onboarding, Developing an Effective Audit Report, and Data Analytics courses. Prior to instructing, she was a senior auditor in the BAE York Resident Office in York, Pa. Susanne became an instructor because it allowed her to align

May 5, 2020

Teaching is a Calling

Editor’s Note: This is the second in our series celebrating National Teacher Day. Instructor John Beaulieu began teaching for the Defense Contract Audit Institute (DCAI) after a career in the Air Force where he served for 20 years, first flying and then in the Space and Missile career field. John always had an interest in teaching and graduated

May 5, 2020

Highlighting Teachers in DCAA

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of articles highlighting DCAA’s instructors in honor of National Teacher Day. Did you know DCAA has its own school? The Defense Contract Audit Institute (DCAI), located in Atlanta, Ga., is where DCAA’s auditors learn everything they need to be successful as an auditor plus leadership skills to make them

April 22, 2020

Auditor Sews Masks to Help her Community

Wichita Branch Office Supervisory Auditor Karen Roepke is contributing to the health of her community by making masks in her free time. Karen is now teleworking and supervises her team of four auditors ensuring their audits are completed efficiently. After work, she moves to her second office, the sewing machine. Karen, who bought a sewing machine

April 8, 2020

DCAA’s office in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

DCAA has over 300 offices in the United States and overseas, but each one is unique. One of the lesser known offices is located in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). The office is small, just four auditors, but it has an important mission supporting US Foreign Military Sales (FMS). The office is a sub-office of the European Branch office, which

March 11, 2020

Commencement Ceremony honors 30 Graduates of DDPL

The DCAA Director, Ms. Anita Bales, hosted the graduation ceremony for the Director’s Development Program in Leadership (DDPL) earlier this month at Fort Belvoir, VA. DDPL is an 18-month executive level leadership program designed to develop senior level careerists with the leadership knowledge, skills, and abilities for effective leadership at the

Feb. 20, 2020

Wisconsin Accountant Found Guilty of Conspiracy to Obtain over $260 Million in Small Business Contracts

Mark F. Spindler, CPA, was found guilty of conspiring with Brian L. Ganos to use front companies to obtain over $260 million in set-aside contracts intended for small businesses led by service-disabled veterans and disadvantaged individuals. The scheme involved operating three construction companies with straw owners who qualified as disadvantaged

Feb. 12, 2020

My DoD FM STARs Program Experience

I am a Supervisory Auditor with the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA). I recently returned from a 5-year tour with DCAA European Branch located in Germany. While in Europe I traveled extensively for work and for pleasure, and it had a significant impact on how I view the world. Most significantly, I now approach my career as a grand adventure.

Jan. 22, 2020

Policy and Quality team up to Discuss Guidance, Address Common Issues

DCAA’s Policy & Plans and Integrity & Quality Assurance Directorates conducted a weeklong conference at Southbridge, Mass. The two directorates meet together once a year to discuss areas of shared interest. The Policy & Plans directorate writes Agency policy related to the conduct of audits while the Integrity & Quality Assurance Directorate