Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) provides audit and financial advisory services to the Department of Defense (DOD) and other federal entities responsible for acquisition and contract administration. DCAA’s role in the financial oversight of government contracts is critical to ensure DOD gets the best value for every dollar spent on defense contracting. DCAA operates under the authority, direction, and control of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)/Chief Financial Officer. Its work benefits our men and women in uniform and the American taxpayer. The Agency’s primary function is to conduct contract audits and related financial advisory services. Contract audits are independent, professional reviews of financial representations made by defense contractors, and DCAA helps determine whether contract costs are allowable, allocable, and reasonable.

Agency Data (FY 20)

 Number of Personnel  4,367
 Number of Office Locations  Approximately 230
 FY 2020 Dollars Examined  $365 Billion
 FY 2020 Net Savings  $3.5 Billion


Our Mission and Vision

Every audit or service we deliver is on time, on point, and highly valued.

Together with our acquisition partners, we increase warfighter capabilities by delivering high quality audits and financial services to achieve fair and reasonable prices that protect taxpayer dollars.

DCAA is committed to the core values of Teamwork, Excellence, Accountability, Mutual Respect, Integrity, and Trust - TEAM-IT.

DCAA Director

Anita Bales headshotAnita Bales is the Director of the Defense Contract Audit Agency. As the director, she is responsible for all matters related to the management of the Agency and its resources, which includes nearly 5,000 personnel, and an annual operating budget of approximately $650 million. She has spent her entire career as an auditor in the Department of Defense.

After graduating from Drake University, she started as an auditor in the U.S. Army Audit Agency’s Midwest Region. She has also worked overseas as an auditor in Frankfurt, Germany, and upon returning to the United States became an audit supervisor in St. Louis. Mo.  Throughout her career, Ms. Bales has worked as an Audit Manager, Program Director, and Deputy Auditor General. In 2011, she became Deputy Director of DCAA where she served until being appointed to her current position as Director in 2014.

DCAA Deputy Director

Joe Bentz HeadshotJoseph Bentz is the Deputy Director of the Defense Contract Audit Agency. He is responsible for assisting the Director in leading the agency’s worldwide operations. 

Prior to his selection as the Deputy Director, Mr. Bentz was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Management and Budget) in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works responsible for all matters related to the development and implementation of the Civil Works budget and the reimbursable international and inter-agency support activities of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Mr. Bentz began his career in the Army Audit Agency in 1987 and has held a variety of staff auditor and leadership positions in the Northeast Region. Selected for the Senior Executive Service in 2009, he has served a variety of executive positions to include Principle Deputy Auditor General for the Army Audit Agency.