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Audit Process Overview FOR dcaa

Useful information to assist contractors understand Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) audit processes. DCAA provides audit and financial advisory services to Department of Defense (DoD) and other federal entities responsible for acquisition and contract administration

Information for Government Contractors

A helpful guide that provides an overview of the types of audits DCAA conducts, links to checklists, and what you can expect in a DCAA audit.

Help for Small Business Contractors

In addition to the Information for Contractors guide, DCAA offers targeted information to assist with audit issues that relate to small businesses. Access presentations below for help on specific topics important for smaller contractors:

Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Center (APTAC)
The PTAC program was formed by Congress to help businesses seeking to compete successfully in federal, state and local government contracting.  APTAC is the national, professional organization of the Procurement Technical Assistance Centers.

Local Packaging Resources
Compak, Inc., 1139 Alton Avenue, Rockford, IL  61103, (815) 399-2699

Military or Federal Spec and Standards
Federal specifications and standards are available in a DOD repository and can be accessed by contacting your PTAC.  Call 815-921-2091 or e-mail  a.johns@rockvalleycollege.edu.

Past Procurement Histories
Do you know the price the government paid for your product? When it was last purchased? Who is your competitor? What are the technical characteristics? This information can be helpful when a bidder is pricing their response to a proposal. The PTAC can provide access to information about millions of active and historical parts. Information about each item includes: part numbers, characteristics, suppliers, procurement history, replacement and alternate parts, supply management and branch-specific information.

Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR)
The FAR is the principal set of rules in the Federal Acquisition Regulation System. This system consists of sets of regulations issued by agencies of the federal government to govern the purchasing (acquisition) process. The purpose of the FAR is to provide uniform policies and procedures for acquisition. When a government agency issues a contract or a proposal, it will specify a list of FAR provisions that apply to that contract. In order to be awarded a contract, a bidder must comply with the FAR provisions referenced. To download referenced FAR provisions, visit this website.

Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS)
Supplemental acquisition regulations can be downloaded from the DPAP website.

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)
The Department of Defense published the final policy on July 30, 2004, that initiated the widespread implementation of Radio Frequency Identification throughout the DOD supply Chain. If your contract delivery requires RFID you will need to become familiar with the requirements. The RVC PTAC can offer assistance too! Stay updated on changes in RFID; download the DOD Supplier's Passive RFID Information' Guide and MIL-STD 129 at this website.

Wide Area Workflow (WAWF)
Wide Area Workflow (WAWF) is a secure web based system for electronic invoicing, receipt, and acceptance. WAWF allows government vendors to submit and track invoices and receipt/acceptance documents over the web and allows government personnel to process those invoices in a real-time, paperless environment. Since 2008, DOD has issued a ruling to require the use of the Wide Area Workflow as the only acceptable electronic system for submitting requests for payment (invoices and receiving reports) under DOD contracts. Learn how to get started in WAWF or call your PTAC office.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
The FOIA is a federal freedom of information law that allows for the full or partial disclosure of previously unreleased information and documents controlled by the United States government.

Davis Bacon Act
The Davis-Bacon Act applies to contractors and subcontractors performing on federally funded contracts in excess of $2,000 for the construction, alteration, or repair (including painting and decorating) of public buildings or public works. All federal government construction contracts, and most contracts for federally assisted construction over $2,000, must include provisions for paying workers on-site no less than the locally prevailing wages and benefits paid on similar projects. For additional information and to download helpful tools, fact sheets compliance guides visit the U.S. Department of Labor website.

Local Business Resources

The EIGERlab facility offers area business growth opportunities through innovation, collaboration and entrepreneurship. The EIGERlab is a key asset for our community in building a more robust and diverse economy. The facility and programs offered are designed to assist in the development of targeted industry cluster through collaborative efforts of education, business and government. Learn more now.

Small Business Development Center of Rock Valley College (SBDC)
The SBDC's mission is growing business, creating jobs and energizing our economy! Learn more by visiting their website or downloading their brochure. The SBDC, located in the EIGERlab, leverages a large network of resources to ensure the success of existing and start-up businesses in Winnebago, Ogle, Stephenson and Boone counties that will create jobs and grow the region's economy.

Export Assistance
Local trade specialists can work with your company to help you increase your sales to new global markets. Visit their website for additional information.
Contact Patrick G. Hope, Director of the U.S. Export Assistance Center in Rockford at Patrick.hope@trade.gov or phone (815)316-2380. Mr. Hope's office is located in the EIGERlab.

Rockford Area Economic Development Council (RAEDC)
The RAEDC is a staff of economic development professionals and over 200 private and public sector investors who collaborate to enhance wealth creation in the Rockford Region by marketing the area and helping employers retain and create quality jobs. The RAEDC works closely with many partners to serve as a one-stop resource for clients, to improve the competitiveness of the region, and to engage the community in the work of economic development. To contact the RAEDC call (815) 987-8118 or visit their website.

Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO)
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity raise Illinois' profile as a global business destination and nexus of innovation. It provides a foundation for the economic prosperity of all Illinoisans, through the coordination of business recruitment and retention, infrastructure building and job training efforts, and administration of state and federal grant programs. Learn more.

Rockford Chamber of Commerce
The Rockford Chamber of Commerce delivers benefit to the community by leading in the promotion of economic growth, advocating for the interests of business, and providing service and educational opportunities that help members grow. They've helped many thousands of businesses grow and expand. Visit their website.