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Top 10 GovCon Stories – #10 – Logjam at the Defense Contract Audit Agency

DCAA came into the spotlight in 2008 when the GAO revealed there were inappropriate relationships between DCAA employees and government contractors. According to the GAO, contractors had influenced reports and DCAA supervisors pressured subordinates. To help address the challenges at DCAA, Patrick Fitzgerald took charge eight months ago and has begun to reshape the DCAA. However, Patrick’s agenda has created a logjam to the point where a contractor pricing review now takes 72 days to complete (up from 28 in 2008). Auditors are now required to receive a sign-off from a field office manager, which is adding to delays and causing challenges with contractor price negotiations.

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