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DAU, College of Contract Management (CCM), has some exciting news for the QA community. We are currently in the works to develop and deploy courses that will replace current skillset training for DCMA. CCM will begin rolling out CMQ 102 (Basic Electronics), CMQ 1030 (C&T Basics), and C&T Parachutes. Coming up after those courses we have CMQ 1114 (Metallurgy and Corrosion Control), CMQ 1040 (NDT) and CMQ 1060 (Process Review). Additionally, CCM is working to develop more WLAs, videos, templates, and other resources to assist the QA community in performing GCQA activities. If you have any comments, suggestions, recommendations or issues, please let us know.
What are the current classes required for level 1 QA certification? I have completed ACQ 1010 Fundamentals of Systems Acquisition Management, PMT 0170 Risk Management, CLE 003 Technical Reviews. PQM 101 appears to be part of it also, but it is out of date. I appreciate the feedback.
IAW 42.1107, Progress Reports may be requested by the PCO....FAR states applicable to all contract with the exception of Construction. Can someone explain why a Service Contract is applicable to requiring progress reports. Seems like the context applies to Criticality Codes A & B to check progress on urgent/compelling items or items to update low inventory items.
When will the next revision of ISO 9001 be released? Perhaps not until 2030. See this website to get the latest from the ISO organization.
I’m on a FMS project, It’s is a commercial contract but
has DCMA support request as part of it, This involves a LOD to possibly two sites.
One site the processes are already under surveillance and the contractor is low
risk, I’ve communicated with them and reviewed the DC&A, also a note it will
not involve a FAI/FAT.
My question or advice would be how to communicate this
to the FMS project lead, possible reference or reasoning why a LOD would not
be necessary, or maybe it is.
What should I look for when trying to identify FMS contracts when "FMS" is not explicitly listed under schedule of supplies/services? I know that there should be an FMS Case Identifier and a specific accounting code, but is there anything else that I should look for when performing a CR&R on a suspected FMS contract?
Does any other DCMA office have issues with defense contractors adhering to FAR 52.246-11/-2 for advanced notification? And if so, what steps are you taking to resolve the issue?
As a QAS with DCMA I have been assigned with working on a long running program. Th CRR has already been completed and the KCRS have already been identified. The Team Leads in my office have already handled much of the surveilance planning so i have not had the opportunity to really dig deep into this aspect of DCMA quality. I have however been taking care of most of the hands in inspection side of things and had the opportunity to write a few CAR's. What or where would be a good place to start to familiarize myself with the areas that i am lacking knwledge or experience?
KCRs have been established to help identify technical requirements during CRR. The KCRs aid the QAS in the risk assessment and generation of the Risk Profile and Plan (RPP). Does it make sense that we could do away with the Risk Statement Generator, as they both accomplish the same thing?
I'm currently inspecting a product that has GCQA required, however, on a separate PO there is a lot to be produced that is not a full build, only one part of the total product. The particular part, and PO/Contract, make no mention of GCQA. I feel like this is an oversight. Is it up to the contractor to find any delegations this product should have and flow this down to DCMA, or is it our responsibility as QAS to run this up the chain to find this possibility of delegation?
Do we always have to write a CAR? Are there small issues that we could possibly just work with the contractor on instead of writting a CAR.
I was wondering if you needed to look up a CRR and e-tools is down, is there a alternet way to veiw them?
What is the proper procedure when a prime contractor subs out a process and the sub-contractor does not have a cage code. How would a QAS handle this situation?
Should you immediately adjust your surveillance plan after a level three or four CAR has been issued to the contractor? If so, after receiving an approved CAP, How long should the issue remain on the surveillance plan?
Being new to DCMA, I have a question regarding CARs. I have been told that when too many CARS are generate on the same issue, it lessens the effectiveness of a CAR. In other words that the contractor gets so used to them, they have no impact. Yet according to DAU, it states that "Regardless of how minor a deficiency is, A CAR must be generated so that it can be documented as a data point. Any advice on how to approach this? Thanks.
What is the purpose of issueing a CoC versus a DD250 and where can I find this information that explains its use?
We too have recently converted from CAR eTools to PDREP. We are still tacking our previous CARs in eTools but all new CARs are input into PDREP. After inputting several CARs into PDREP I haven't seen the big advantage of PDREP. It seems we're inputting the same information just in a different format. What am I missing?
I have received a draft LOD to look over, and while reviewing the contract I see 52.246-11 listed in the clause along with two statements. Basically (a) contractor shall comply with higher level quality standards listed below: ISO AS9100. For (b) "The contractor shall include applicable requirements of the higher-level quality standard(s) listed in paragraph (a) of this clause and the requirement to flow down such standards, as applicable, to lower-tier subcontracts in-- " and then list reasons for inclusion which the sub-contractor would meet.
I then reviewed the PO, and nowhere on it is the FAR 52.246-11 listed. There are three contracts on the PO (two MODs and one new) and they do have ISO 9001:2008 listed under the two MODs and ISO 9001:2015 under the new contract number.
Should the FAR 52.246-11 also be listed in the clause section of the PO? Without it there, but with ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 9001:2015 listed in the PO Codes and Notes sections of the PO still give me authority to audit to ISO?
I was informed that if a contractor is AS9100 certified, they are automatically ISO 9001 certified as well. Is that correct?
LODs are spelled out in a DCMA Manual, but just like anything else it is open to interpatation and that varies a little from CMO to CMO. Has anyone found it difficult to bridge that gap and find common ground in order to complete the necessary surviellance?
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