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Aug. 6, 2020

DCAI Instructors Earn Kirkpatrick Gold Level Certification

Defense Contract Audit Institute staff members Dr. Haywood West and Mr. Charles Beard earned the Kirkpatrick Gold Level Certification.  The Kirkpatrick Model is one of the best-known models for analyzing and evaluating the results of training, educational, and talent development programs. It takes into account any style of delivery, both informal

Aug. 4, 2020

Government Reaches Settlement with The Ross Group Construction for $2.8M

A coordinated effort among multiple government agencies including DCAA, the Justice Department, Small Business Administration, Veterans Administration, General Services Administration, and the military investigative services resulted in a settlement agreement for $2.8M. DCAA Auditor Jon Barrett and Supervisory Auditor Vernon Moore III supported the

July 31, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions about the CARES Act Now Available

DCAA has posted a Frequently Asked Questions document related to Corona Virus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to our website. Many contractors and practitioners have contacted their local DCAA offices with questions about unique cost issues created by the COVID-19 pandemic, including the CARES Act and its impact on contract billing

July 28, 2020

Shadow Program Improves Audit Quality

DCAA’s Integrity and Quality Assurance Directorate created a Shadowing Program to develop the skills of FAO Assistants for Quality, who are assigned to Field Audit Offices and assist auditors in conducting high quality audits. Each program participant is paired with a Quality team for approximately 10 weeks. This program exposes participants to the

July 23, 2020

Team Building across Eastern Region

DCAA’s Eastern Region is conducting a series of virtual team building events to increase camaraderie. The first event was a trivia contest, which, while successful, had questions that were deemed “too easy” by the participants. Regional Director Don McKenzie and Deputy Director Cathy Carrell, event hosts, increased the level of difficulty and round

July 16, 2020

Auditor Education Continues via Virtual Instructor Led Courses

DCAA’s Defense Contract Audit Institute, like most educational institutions, closed its doors and ended in-person classes in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. No one was certain how long the closure would last, or what conditions would be required to reopen. Whatever the future held, one thing was certain - DCAA’s auditors need their

June 23, 2020

Legal Settlement for Substandard Steel Components

The Department of Justice announced that Bradken Inc. paid $10,896,924 to resolve allegations that they produced and sold substandard steel components for installation on U.S. Navy vessels.  The United States alleged that a Bradken employee knowingly falsified test results to conceal the fact that the components did not meet the Navy’s

June 16, 2020

DCAA's Chicago Branch Office - Value People, Keep Promises, and Above All Do Right

DCAA’s Chicago Branch Office motto is Value People, Keep Promises, and Above All Do Right. The office strives to develop and foster teamwork in a growing office.  They have been extremely successful in bringing new hires on-board, training them quickly, and giving them their own audits to complete, which makes the new hires feel like valued

June 9, 2020

European Branch Office Wins Salute to Savings Award

DCAA’s European Branch office in Wiesbaden, Germany, earned The Department of Defense Salute to Savings Award for their work on high profile, high risk audits related to the F-35 fighter aircraft, which is being built in the US, Italy, and Japan with components from over 1,900 companies.  DoD presents this award annually to recognize teams whose

June 5, 2020

Congressional Fellowship Introduces Auditor to the Legislative Process

DCAA’s Corporate Audit Manager Jacque Hlavin spent 2019 as a Congressional Fellow working for Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D – FL) as a policy advisor. This opportunity was possible through the Brookings Legislative Fellowship Program.  Her first two weeks in the program were a “boot camp” on how Congress works. Then she was off to work in the