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Another Salvo in the War for Control of Contractor "Systems" Approval


In the "Report on Allegation of Unsatisfactory Conditions Regarding Actions by the Defense Contract Management Agency, Earned Value Management Center" (July 28, 2010, the DoD Inspector General recommended that the Defense Contract Management Agency "prohibit joint surveillance reviews or other joint activities with a contractor" in order to avoid compromising DCMA's "independence" and to take action to increase DCAA "participation" in Earned Value Management Systems audits. While DCMA did not concur in many of the recommendations in the IG report, if the IG recommendations were adopted they would inevitably be applicable to other contractor "systems" issues, make it more difficult for contracting officers to resolve systems issues raised by DCAA, and have a decidedly negative impact on compliance and contract administration activities in the procurement process.

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