Are there any lessons learned from recent industry CPSR actitivity or any knowledge on what auditors are focusing on this year?
A quick internet search of four selected DoD websites where it seemed possible to find CPSR lessons learned did not yield any documents showing a compiled list of CPSR lessons learned (i.e., dap.dau.mil; acc.dau.mil; dcma.mil; and dcaa.mil). DCMA does have policy guidance and a guidebook that can be accessed on its webpage (dcma.mil) and DCAA does have audit programs and internal procedures that are accessible on its web site (dcaa.mil).
A quick Google search for “CPSR lessons learned” returned a number of blogs, articles and other documents that might provide useful lessons learned information.
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Somewhat recently (starting with an interim rule dated May 2011), the DFARS was modified to implement the “DoD Business System Rule.” To understand the Rule as it relates to a DoD contractor Purchasing System a study of the “new” (more accurately, “newer”) DFARS standard clause 252.244-7001 (CONTRACTOR PURCHASING SYSTEM ADMINISTRATION (MAY 2014)) and DFARS standard clause 252.242-7005 (CONTRACTOR BUSINESS SYSTEMS (FEB 2012)) is fundamental. The DFARS can be found at: http://www.acq.osd.mil/dpap/dars/dfarspgi/current/index.html.
Two highlights of DFARS 252.242-7005 / DFARS 252.244-7001 are: (1) A list of 19 Purchasing System criteria that must be meet by the system; and (2) mandatory withholding of payments to the contractor by the Government Contracting Officer when/if a contractor System is disapproved by the assigned Administrative Contracting Officer. As far as the focus is concerned, this process is somewhat new, so the 19 criteria come to mind.