Oct 23, 2014

barbara

October 22, 2014

I am speaking on Friday at the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA) on the latest and greatest changes to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR ) and Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) this year.  A personal thank you to the very knowledgeable Gregg Funkhouser, partner at Dixon Hughes. Gregg normally covers this topic, but was unable to do so this year, so he asked me to fill in for him.   It’s tough to follow children, animal acts, or Gregg!

What am I covering?

  • Lots of qui tam and False Claims cases in the news. DRS Technical Services has agreed to pay $13.7 million to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by performing work with individuals who did not meet the contract labor category qualifications.  Click here to view the release. Then Boeing agreed to pay $23 million to resolve allegations that it improperly charged labor costs for time its mechanics spent in meetings not directly related to the contracts.  Four Boeing employees brought this action and will share in $3,910,000 as their share of the settlement.
  • And the mysterious workings of a Pentagon office that oversees clandestine operations is playing out in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, VA. A criminal investigation has exposed a secret weapons program, a sweetheart contract, fake badges, and destroyed evidence.   Read more here
  • This is a bit of old news, but it is on the agenda for Friday. The proposed changes to the DFARS Contractor Business Systems Rule will allow contractors to show compliance with certain DFAR contractor systems requirements by either conducting a self-audit or having a CPA do so.   Under the proposed rule government auditors would then perform “overviews” of the results of contractor self-evaluations and CPA audits.

And because I am a lawyer, I can’t help but follow unusual legal cases and just plain dumb criminals.  This one from Minnesota, I just had to share:

By her own recollection, St. Paul Parks and Recreation employee Megan Campbell was driving a supply van back from a city storage building on the city’s West Side when she turned a corner, causing serious front-bumper damage to a parked car.

The damaged 2001 Nissan Pathfinder in question wasn’t just anybody’s vehicle. It was her own.

Now, Campbell has filed a claim against the city seeking $1,600 to $1,900 from public coffers for damage caused to her personal vehicle by a city worker — herself.

“Because I was working for the city and driving the city vehicle, I feel they are responsible for paying for the damage done to my car,” Campbell wrote in a “notice of claim” form received this week by the city clerk’s office.   Thank you Twin Cities for this interesting article.

Best,

Barbara

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