Assessing business systems applicability: A serious business
Business systems are the foundation of any sustainable and profitable company. In the federal contracting realm, they are as follows: accounting, estimating, material management, purchasing, earned value management, and property. These systems flow into the financial statements. So, if you do not have efficient or properly functioning internal controls in place within these systems, you may be in for a real eye-opener if you receive a notification of an impending business-system audit.
Many U.S. government contractors are expected to comply with contractual requirements for maintaining adequate business systems. Business-systems rules and requirements are not limited to those who primarily serve the Department of Defense. The criteria typically used to determine the adequacy of business systems can be found throughout Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS), and other agency supplements. Industry and federal contracting officers consider the criteria within these regulations as suitable standards to use in determining the acceptability of any government contractor’s internal controls. How well-versed are you in these requirements?
Business systems applicability chart
CohnReznick’s Government Contracting Industry practice has developed a tool to help federal contractors easily determine when and which business systems may be subject to assessment by federal contracting officers and/or auditors. Scan through the listed criteria to see if your systems may be coming up for federal scrutiny.Download
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