Deep inside the House Armed Services Committee’s acquisition reform bill (H.R. 2511) unveiled in May is a provision broadening language to give Pentagon managers greater authority to bypass the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) to tap private-sector expertise.
Adjusting a provision in last year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) giving outside auditing firms more input in auditing indirect costs, the proposed new language would allow the Defense Contract Management Agency or a military service contract officer to pick a “a qualified private auditor to perform an incurred cost audit.”
Defense Department officials are not happy.
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