Dcaa audits #goverment, #contracts, #defense, #military, #agency


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  • How to Request an Audit

Guidance

When contractors enter into agreements to provide goods and services to the Government, they must follow government acquisition guidance and regulations. DCAA assesses contractor compliance with these regulations based on the type of contract with the Government.

Whether you re a contractor or a contracting officer, new or already familiar with the audit process, the following links will provide the resources and guidance you need to prepare for a contract audit:

  • Audit Process Overview: Introductory information on the government auditing process and specific information for Small Business Contractors
  • Directory Of Audit Programs: Listing of DCAA audit programs sorted by audit activity code that corresponds with type of audit (e.g. incurred cost, business systems, claim/terminations, CAS, forward pricing, etc.)
  • CAM Contract Audit Manual : DCAA policies, procedures, guidance, and auditing techniques
  • Selected Area of Cost Guidebook: FAR 31.205 Cost Principles : Replaces Chapter 7 of the DCAA Contract Audit Manual (CAM) in total. Addresses FAR 31.2 and other areas of cost audited.
  • MRDs Audit Guidance Memos: Current audit guidance that has not yet been incorporated to the CAM (Contract Audit Manual)
  • CAS Cost Accounting Standards: Federal laws that certain contractors and subcontractors must follow when they enter into government contracts
  • FAR Federal Acquisition Regulations: Acquisition regulations for contractors doing business with the government
  • FAR Cost Principles Guide: Cost Principle revisions issued in Federal Acquisition Circulars (FACs) since 1984
  • DFARS Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement: A supplement to the FAR that provides DoD-specific acquisition regulations for contractors doing business with DoD
  • GAGAS/Yellow Book Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards: Government Accountability Office standards that govern DCAA audits
  • Frequently Asked Questions for Contracting Officers: Answers to common questions from Contracting Officers
  • Frequently Asked Questions for Contractors: Answers to common questions from Contractors


The best mobile phone deals in May 2017 #cheapest #phone #contracts


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TechRadar

The best mobile phone deals in May 2017

Compare and filter to find the cheapest mobile phone deals

On this page you can compare and filter all of the best mobile phone deals on all of the best handsets and from all the best UK networks! At the top of this mobile phone deals page you’ll find a price comparison chart in which you can choose your desired handset and find the very best phone deal for your own needs. Underneath that you can browse through our individual handset guides for all of the best mobile phone deals out there.

Whether you’re after the new iPhone 7 or Samsung Galaxy S8, a free phone, lots of data, the lowest possible monthly cost or all of the above, we’ll help you find the perfect deal.

Mobile phone deals of the month:

Our editors look at all of the available deals for all of the best smartphones at the start of each month and make a choice of what they think the best deals are. In this section you can see what we think are the best three deals for each phone, as well as a link through to the ‘best deals’ guide for each individual handset.

iPhone 7:

Get the cheapest deals for Apple’s brand new iPhone 7.

Samsung Galaxy S8:

Samsung’s only gone and improved on their best phone ever. Now with an even larger screen, no bezels and more power. There’s the even larger Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus if you need something closer to a phablet too.

LG G6:

LG’s new flagship phone has a longer screen with a rather fetching rounded-corner design. A fine alternative to the Galaxy’s Edge screen.

iPhone 7 Plus:

Get the best deal on the iPhone 7 Plus and its incredible camera.

Google Pixel and Pixel XL:

The Google Pixel replaces last year’s Nexus 5X, and is the smaller offering that comes with a 5-inch 1080p display, 4GB of RAM, 12 megapixel camera and a whole lot more. Meanwhile, the Google Pixel XL takes the place of the Nexus 6P as the larger, more premium, smartphone from Google.

Sony Xperia XZ:

The Sony Xperia XZ is a great premium handset offering everything you’d expect from a brand new flagship phone.

iPhone 6S:

Grab the best possible deal on the still excellent iPhone 6S.

With all the goodness of the mothership Z5, the Z5 Compact is a bit smaller and we think it’s great.

Mobile phone deals on TechRadar: FAQ

TechRadar’s unbiased and independent mobile phone deals comparison

Thanks for visiting TechRadar’s mobile phone deal comparison page! Our price comparison system includes 2.47 million mobile phone contracts from all of the major networks and resellers so that you can always find the one that suits you best.

Unlike some other major sites, our philosophy is to always display you with the absolute cheapest deals for the criteria you select. So you’ll always be able to see the cheapest prices for the best phones with contracts with the most generous data allowances.

Are you looking for SIM only?

If you’re after a SIM only deal to plug the gap between iPhone launches or simply because you’re happy with the phone you already have, you can visit our SIM only deals page to find the best option.

How does TechRadar make money from affiliates?

If you buy a phone after visiting this page, TechRadar will be paid a small commission by the network or reseller you buy from. This money is paid by the site you buy from and thus does not affect the amount you pay for your phone contract. If you go direct to the site you buy from, you would pay the same amount.

The money that TechRadar makes from this free service allows us to improve our product comparison tools and pay the editors who trawl through all the sites and select the best deals every month.

While some sites out there will be paid larger fees for pushing people to specific deals that aren’t necessarily the cheapest, TechRadar will always find you the absolute cheapest deal. Trust and integrity is important to us, so if you ever think we’re not displaying the very best deals let us know.

How do we order these mobile phone deals?

Our mobile phone deal comparison tools sift through millions of different deals and surfaces the ones we think are the very best. Essentially that means finding deals that work out the cheapest over a 24 month contract while still supplying at least 1GB of data, as you’ve told us that 1GB is your absolute minimum. If you need more data, use the filters and we’ll display the cheapest prices for your increased amount.

On this specific page, we have many mobile phone options displaying in one comparison table. In this case, we try and find you a balance between paying the cheapest price and getting the best phone for your money.

How do the mobile phone deals comparison tools work?

The comparison tools you find on the page above will hopefully be very easy to use. You can select what your budget is, whether it be upfront cost or monthly fee or both. And you can say how much data you need or how many minutes and texts. You can even filter by network if you really want to be on a specific carrier. The deals will automatically update as you drill down in your search, always favouring the cheapest options over the more expensive ones. If you ever want to refresh and start your search again, simply select the ‘CLEAR ALL FILTERS’ option to begin again from scratch.

What is TechRadar?

TechRadar is Europe’s largest technology reviews website with over 22 million visitors every month. It’s our aim to provide you with the very best buying advice, always. If you’d like to read reviews of the mobile phones you see on this page, you can visit TechRadar’s reviews homepage .

How do we select which networks and resellers to display?

TechRadar strives to include all mobile phone deals from all UK networks and resellers so that you can search through all the available deals in the UK without having to look on all the websites separately. However, for sites to be included they need to supply us with a feed of their deals. This is the only reason why a phone reseller or network wouldn’t appear in our system but the vast majority do.

What is an ‘exclusive’ mobile phone deal?

Because thousands of people per month buy phones after visiting TechRadar, we are often able to negotiate exclusive voucher codes just for visitors to our pages. You’ll need to use the voucher codes at the checkout on the site we link to. TechRadar is never paid to promote these voucher codes, we only promote them if we think they’re genuinely strong deals against the current market. And we would always encourage you to shop around so make sure you’re always getting the best deal.

Wondering what phone to choose?

If you can’t decide what phone your should buy, check out our best mobile phones buying guide. On that page you should find everything you need to make the choice of handset.

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How to Write a Business Contract #business #contracts #and #forms, #small #business


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How to Write a Business Contract

Entering into a contractual business relationship with another party is a serious task and should only be entered into after giving real thought about the relationship you want. Don’t fall into the trap of entering into agreements haphazardly or with complete trust of the other party. Even if it’s a family member (some would argue especially if it’s a family member), the business contract should protect your own business interests first and to do so you’ll need to familiarize yourself with some guidelines on how to write a business contract.

Generally, you will want to keep two things in mind when entering or writing a business contract:

  • Does the agreement address all of the possible situations which may arise. It’s also good to have contingency plans.
  • Do the provisions leave too much room for ambiguity? Contract disputes often arise over unclear terms or provisions.

Read below for tips on writing business contracts for your small business.

1. Get it in Writing

Anytime you enter into a business contract, you want written proof of the agreement as well as specific terms by which each party is bound. Oral agreements do occur in the small business context, but such agreements are difficult to enforce and people’s memories can be faulty and terms easily misremembered or misinterpreted. The first lesson in How to Write a Business Contract 101 is to always get it in writing .

2. Use Language You Can Understand

There’s no need to be intimidated by a false sense that a business contract has to be written in legalese. The best contracts, particularly in the small business context, are written in plain English where both parties know exactly what they’re signing and what the provisions mean. Just be sure that the terms you write are specific as to each party’s obligations and the specific remedies that you have in the event that the other party violates the agreement. Also, keep in mind that certain terms have specific meaning in the law .

The easiest way to write a contract is to number and label each paragraph and only include that topic in the paragraph. By segmenting the contract into individual units, it will be more easily understood by the parties (and by a court should it come to that).

The rights and obligations of each party should be laid out in specific language that leaves little room for interpretation. If you want delivery on the 15th of each month, use the specific number instead of writing, mid-month . If you and the other party agree to a new term or decide to change an existing term in the agreement, be sure to add a written amendment to the contract rather than relying on an oral agreement. A court may or may not accept the oral agreement as part of the contract.

4. Include Payment Details

It’s important to specify how payments are to be made. If you want to pay half up front and the other half in equal installments during the life of the contract, state that, as well as the terms under which you will release payment. For example if you contract with someone to paint your business offices, you might want a provision stating that your regular payments are contingent upon a certain number of rooms being painted to your satisfaction. Whenever possible, list dates, requirements and methods of payment (cash, check, credit). Contract disputes often center on money, so you’ll want to be as specific as possible.

5. Consider Confidentiality

Often when entering a business contract, the other party will gain access and insight into your business practices and possible trade secrets. If you do not want the other party sharing this information, you should include a clause that binds the other party from disclosing your business information or information included in the contract to other parties.

6. Include Language on How to Terminate the Contract

Contracts aren’t meant to last forever. If one party continually misses payments or fails to perform their duties, you want to have a mechanism in place so that you can (relatively) easily terminate the contract. It could be a mutual termination agreement (when the objectives of each side have been met through the contract) or more likely an agreement that either side can terminate if the other side violates a major term of the contract, after giving proper notice of its intent to terminate.

7. Consider State Laws Governing the Contract

Contracts can stipulate which state’s laws will govern in the event there’s a dispute. If the other party is located in another state, you should include a clause that states which state laws will govern. If you don’t, and there’s a dispute, there may be a whole other legal argument (which costs more money) about which state’s laws should be applied to the contract. Avoid this headache and agree to it at the inception of the contract, when both parties are agreeable.

8. Include Remedies and Attorneys’ Fees

Especially if you believe that it’s more likely that you’ll sue over the contract (as opposed to the other party suing you), you might want to include a clause that awards attorneys’ fees to the winning party. Without this clause, each party will have to pay for their own attorneys.

9. Consider a Mediation and Arbitration Clause

In the event of a dispute, it may be advantageous to include a provision that requires the parties enter either mediation or arbitration. or both. Mediation is a voluntary process where both parties try to work out their issues directly, with the help of a neutral third party mediator. Any settlement must be approved by both parties. Arbitration is a more adversarial process where the arbitrator hears both sides’ arguments and makes a decision that both parties must abide by. It’s akin to a trial setting, but the arbitration process is much quicker and cheaper than litigating in court.

10. Get a Free Case Review

Writing a business contract that protects your interests while balancing your business objectives is critical to your business’ success. But while you should get acquainted with the legal terms and processes for writing a contract, sometimes it’s best to have an attorney review your contract before it takes on the force of law. Find a small business attorney near you for assistance and get a free case review .


SNF – Hospice Contracts Under the New Hospice Medicare Conditions of Participation

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SNF – Hospice Contracts Under the New Hospice Medicare Conditions of Participation

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Our article in the December 2008 issue of Shorts on Long Term Care, about CMS’s revised hospice Medicare Conditions of Participation (CoPs) and their impact on the existing contracts that nursing homes may have with hospice agencies, generated some questions. Here are some of the questions we’ve heard and the answers:

Q: Do the new CoPs apply only to hospices or also to the SNF, where the SNF has a contract with a hospice agency to provide hospice care to a resident of the facility?
A: This question came from an SNF provider that expressed concern over some of the new language it was seeing in revised contracts sent by the hospice to be executed. The gist of the question was “if we choose not to accept the revised contracts, what happens?” Technically, these new CoPs apply to the hospice, not to the SNF. However, the new CoPs are very specific about issues that must be addressed in any SNFhospice contract (see our December 2008 article for details). So the hospice is required to include these new provisions in all their contracts with SNFs, and those requirements do impose some additional burdens on the nursing home as well as the hospice. For example, both parties must coordinate their care of a hospice SNF resident more closely, with specific documentation of how they plan to do this. There are other areas where the SNF will have to work closely with the hospice to meet the new CoPs. Because the hospice is required to meet the new CoPs, including the contract requirements, if an SNF refuses to enter into a new agreement with a hospice that complies with the new CoPs, that hospice would be within its rights to cancel any existing agreement and discontinue services. In addition, since nursing homes are required under state and federal law to provide care that is appropriate for and needed by a resident, a refusal to treat hospice patients consistent with the new CoPs could be a basis for deficiency citations against the nursing home. So, if they plan to continue offering hospice in the nursing facility, both parties need to find language they can live with that also complies with the new CoPs.

Q: If my nursing home already has a contract with our hospice agency that is not scheduled to expire or be renewed at this time, are we still required to enter into a new agreement with the hospice now, or can we wait until our current contract term ends?
A: Generally, you are not required to execute a new contract with an entity with which you already have an existing, ongoing agreement. However, most contracts contain language stating that if the existing contract is inconsistent with applicable law, the parties agree to negotiate in good faith to revise the contract to remedy any such noncompliance. Given the fairly extensive changes made by the new hospice CoPs to various types of contracts, hospice agencies have a pretty good argument that the contracts they had in place under the old regulations probably are not totally compliant with the revised CoPs. As a result, those agencies will need either to amend those contracts to meet the new CoPs, replace them entirely (which many hospices are opting to do, given the scope of changes required by the new CoPs) or terminate the services they were offering under the old agreement. Continuing to use contracts that are not fully compliant with the CoPs puts hospices at risk for deficiency citations, potential loss of payment and, at least in theory, loss of Medicare certification.

Q: When should my new or amended contract with my hospice agency be in place?
A: Technically, the effective date of the new CoPs was December 2, 2008. So, ideally, those revised contracts should already be executed by both parties and in place. Realistically, we don’t expect state surveyors to be out checking the detailed language of providers’ contracts right away, since the providers are still getting used to the new CoPs themselves. However, we have been told that if a complaint by a patient, family member or staff member leads the survey team to a contract as part of the problem, it’s fair game for the team members to request and review all contracts in detail, if they choose. Also, hospice surveyors are directed to request a list of certain hospice contracts during the survey entrance conference, so they can easily request copies as well, if they choose.

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Colorado Real Estate Home Sales Package with Offer to Purchase, Contract of


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State purchase contracts #state #purchase #contracts


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Purchasing
Department of Administration

Services

We manage all aspects of contracting with vendors to provide products and services to state agencies. We also provide purchasing training for state purchasing personnel. Most large purchases, formal, sealed bids, and proposals over $100,000, are processed by our office. Some agencies may have authority to handle procurements up to varying amounts as delegated by the Adminstrator.

Listed below are links to frequently viewed pages:

***NOTICE TO INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT) VENDORS***

The State s Special Terms and Conditions for Customized Software and Related Services (rev. 2005) is in the process of being updated and converted to a more broadly applicable standard set of Special Terms and Conditions applicable to IT solicitations in general. The Division of Purchasing began this process almost a year ago, recognizing that the IT landscape is constantly evolving and that, with the increased utilization of cloud offerings, issues regarding ownership, warranty and the risk of data breach need to be more thoroughly explored and addressed. In the interim, as has been the practice of the Division for many years, tailored special terms and conditions are included in complex IT procurements (within the particular solicitation), and vendors are encouraged to ask questions and provide alternative and/or additional language during the Pre-Proposal Conference as well as during the Question and Answer period, as provided in the written instructions for each solicitation issued by the Division. For example, the Division has considered and adopted limitations of liability on a case-by-case basis over the years, based on an analysis of risk within the proposed scope of work, in consultation with the requisitioning agency and additional internal experts. As the Division gets closer to finalizing its initial draft of the standard Special Terms and Conditions for IT, we will be inviting input from the vendor community, as we did several years ago when revising our Standard Terms and Conditions (for all goods and services); and look forward to participation by experts within the IT Industry who can provide constructive feedback and suggestions for the State to consider.

Location, Hours and Contact Information

    Idaho Division of Purchasing
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