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FAR Overhead Audits - The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

  1. 1. FAR Overhead Audits –“The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” Presented by: G. Antonio (Tony) Kenon, CPA, CGMA
  2. 2. Poll Audience Auditors Controllers/CFO’s, CEO’s or management of a Company Contracting officers, procurement officers, other Government Officials Of the auditors in the room (Government and private) how many of you assist the audited contractor with at least preparing certain aspects of their OH schedule? 2
  3. 3. Learning Objectives Enhance your understanding of the applicable authoritative guidance Enhance knowledge of the fundamentals in performing an overhead rate audit• Understanding of some common types of findings and disallowances 3
  4. 4. Agenda1. Overview of Authoritative Guidance – “Conceptual Framework” a. Accounting and Allowability Standards b. Auditing Standards2. Fundamentals of an OH Audit – From Planning to Reporting3. Common Issues and Findings Noted When Performing OH Audits4. Q&AIn the interest of time, general overview of many topics versus an in-depth onone or two topics 4
  5. 5. Polling Question:Phoenix was originally known as:A. StonewallB. PumpkinvilleC. HohokamD. Salina 5
  6. 6. Answer:It was first called Pumpkinville, due to the large pumpkins thatflourished in fields along the canals. Finally, Lord Darrell Duppasuggested the name “Phoenix”, as it described a city born fromthe ruins of a former civilization. 6
  7. 7. Authoritative GuidanceTwo Worlds:  Accounting and Allowability  Auditing 7
  8. 8. Authoritative Guidance - AccountingPolling Question:Which of the following is considered authoritative guidance forprivate, for-profit contractors when preparing their overhead rateschedule? A. IRS Tax Rules for Cost Deductibility B. Governmental Accounting Standards C. Federal Travel Regulations D. Federal Acquisition Regulations 8
  9. 9. Authoritative Guidance - Accounting Generally Accepted Accounting Principles “GAAP” – codified in the Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) by Topic Federal Acquisition Regulations “FAR” Cost Accounting Standards “CAS”We will look at each one in more depth 9
  10. 10. Authoritative Guidance - AuditingPolling Question:Which of the following is considered authoritative guidance for auditorswhen auditing an overhead rate schedule? A. DCAA (Defense Contract Audit Agency) Audit Manual B. ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) Audit Manual C. Government Auditing Standards D. International Standards on Auditing 10
  11. 11. Authoritative Guidance - Auditing Generally Accepted Auditing Standards “GAAS” Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards “GAGAS” (also know as the “Yellow Book”) December 2011 Revision AICPA Attest Standards 11
  12. 12. AASHTO Audit & Accounting Guide Non-authoritative practice aid brings together accounting and auditing concepts found in authoritative guidance into a convenient format Tool that consolidates relevant FAR and CAS principles as well as auditing standards 12
  13. 13. GAAP and the Codification 13
  14. 14. Brief Overview of the CodificationPolling Question:Have you heard of the Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”)? 14
  15. 15. Brief Overview of the Codification What is the Codification? The source of authoritative US GAAP recognized by FASB An effort to reduce the complexity of accounting standards and to facilitate international convergence: The effort resulted in a major restructuring of accounting and reporting standards Topically organized format (approximately 90 topics) 15
  16. 16. Brief Overview of the Codification What is the Codification (continued)? It is NOT intended to change U.S. GAAP It superseded existing sources of U.S. GAAP, and any prior sources of U.S. GAAP not included in the Codification or grandfathered are not authoritative It is the authoritative source for U.S. GAAP in addition to guidance issued by the SEC If it is not in the Codification, it is not U.S. GAAP for Non- Governmental Entities 16
  17. 17. Codification Structure 17
  18. 18. Brief Overview of the Codification How is the Codification Structured?Areas Topics Subtopics Sections Subsections 18
  19. 19. Brief Overview of the Codification How is the Codification Structured? (continued) Topics: Broadest categorization of related content (for example, FASB ASC 405, Liabilities) Correlate with IFRS / IAS standards Subtopics: Represent subsets of a topic (for example, FASB ASC 405-20, which discusses the extinguishment of liabilities) Generally distinguished by type or scope 19
  20. 20. Brief Overview of the Codification How is the Codification Structured? (continued) Sections: Represent the nature of the content in a subtopic Examples are recognition, disclosure, and subsequent measurement 20
  21. 21. Brief Overview of the Codification How is the Codification Structured? (continued) Subsections: Allow further segregation and navigation of content Occur in a limited number of cases Unlike sections, subsections are not numbered 21
  22. 22. Brief Overview of the Codification Old Referencing General FASB Codification (New)FAS 5 ASC 450 ContingenciesFAS 13 ASC 840 Leases – Operating and CapitalFAS 109/ FIN 48 ASC 740 Income TaxesFAS 141(R) ASC 805 Business CombinationsNote: There is a proposal to amend the FAR to update references to GAAP due to the codification 22
  23. 23. Brief Overview of FAR/CAS What is the FAR?Polling Question:1. What is the FAR?2. What is the purpose of the FAR? 23
  24. 24. Brief Overview of FAR/CAS FAR: Background The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), which had its beginnings in the Armed Services Procurement Regulation established in 1947 governing the federal government’s purchasing process The FAR was codified in Title 48 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) in 1984 to create a uniform structure for many federal agencies Its purpose is to ensure purchasing procedures are standard, consistent, and conducted in a fair and impartial manner 24
  25. 25. Brief Overview of FAR/CAS FAR: Cost Principles ContractsPolling Question:What three elements must a cost have to be recoverable? 25
  26. 26. Brief Overview of FAR/CAS FAR: Cost Principles Contracts The FAR Cost Principles: Before a contractor may recover a particular cost, it must be: 1. Allowable (per FAR Part 31 and Contract) 2. Allocable 3. Reasonable FAR Part 31 defines when and to what extent costs can be recovered under a government contract The government can recover costs found not allowable, reasonable, or allocable to the contract 26
  27. 27. Brief Overview of FAR/CAS FAR Cost Principles (continued)FAR Part 31.205 Contains about 50 selected costs Expressly Allowable Expressly Unallowable: Costs specifically classified as unallowable: • Government won’t pay under any condition 27
  28. 28. Brief Overview of FAR/CAS FAR Cost Principles (continued)What Are Some Examples of Expressly Unallowable Costs alcoholic beverages flowers (any reason) entertainment - games, shows golf, tennis, fishing contributions / donations dinner tickets legislative lobbying over per diem expenses fines & penalties traffic tickets bad debts non business subscriptions club dues - social or health 28
  29. 29. Brief Overview of FAR/CAS FAR: Cost Principles ContractsPolling Question:True or False: If a cost is not mentioned in FAR Part 31.205, it isautomatically allowable 29
  30. 30. Brief Overview of FAR/CAS FAR Cost Principles (continued)FAR Part 31.205 does not cover every element of cost If a cost is not mentioned it does not imply that it is either allowable or unallowable Determination of allowability is analogously based Use cost principle that most specifically addresses or best captures the essential nature of the cost at issue 30
  31. 31. Brief Overview of FAR/CAS What is the CAS?Polling Question:1. What is the CAS?2. What is the fundamental objective of the CAS? 31
  32. 32. Brief Overview of FAR/CAS CAS: History The CASB (“Cost Accounting Standards Board”) was established as an agency of Congress in 1970, dissolved in 1980, reinstated in 1988 Authorized to develop cost accounting standards The CASB has issued 19 costing accounting standards (“CAS”) that have the full effect of law 32
  33. 33. Brief Overview of FAR/CAS CAS: Objective Uniformity and consistency in cost accounting 33
  34. 34. Brief Overview of FAR/CAS CAS: CAS is concerned with three areas in cost accounting: 1. Measurement of cost 2. Assignment of cost to cost accounting periods 3. Allocation of cost to cost objectives 34
  35. 35. CASB Standards401 Consistency in Estimating, 411 Accounting for Acquisition Costs Accumulating and Reporting of Material Costs402 Consistency in Allocating Costs 412 Composition and Measurement Incurred for the Same Purpose of Pension Costs403 Allocation of Home Office 413 Adjustment and Allocation of Expenses to Segments Pension Cost404 Capitalization of Tangible Assets 414 Cost of Money as an Element of the Cost of Facilities Capital405 Accounting for Unallowable 415 Accounting for the Cost of Costs Deferred Compensation406 Cost Accounting Period 416 Accounting for Insurance Cost407 Use of Standard Costs for Direct 417 Cost of Money as an Element of Material and Direct Labor the Cost of Capital Assets Under Construction408 Accounting for Costs of 418 Allocation of Direct and Indirect Compensated Personal Absence Costs409 Depreciation of Tangible Capital 419 Unused Assets410 Allocation of Business Unit 420 Accounting for Independent General and Administrative Research and Development Expenses to Final Cost Costs and Bid and Proposal Objectives Costs (IR&D and B&P) 35
  36. 36. CASB StandardsPolling Question:True or False: All Contractors must follow all 19 Cost AccountingStandards? 36
  37. 37. CASB StandardsAnswer: FalseFull CAS Coverage:All 19 Standards apply only to Contracts subject to “Full” CAS Coverage ($50million award or net CAS covered awards of $50 million or more in the precedingcost accounting period)“Modified” CAS CoverageThe following 4 Standards apply “Modified” CAS Coverage ($7.5 million federalaward):401 - Consistency in Estimating, Accumulating and Reporting Costs402 - Consistency in Allocating Costs Incurred for the Same Purpose (FAR 31.202)405 - Accounting for Unallowable Costs406 - Cost Accounting Period 37
  38. 38. CASB StandardsExempt from CAS Coverage:48 CFR 9903.201-1 summarizes those contracts and contractors that areexempt from all CAS StandardsFor example:Contracts and subcontracts with small businesses. FAR Subpart 19.3addresses determination of status as a small businessContracts or subcontracts less than $7.5 million 38
  39. 39. Brief Overview of FAR/CAS CAS: CAS and Cost Principles Are Not One and the Same CAS addresses cost accounting on government contracts (“cost allocability”) The cost principles “FAR” - address cost allowability Cost allowability is a procurement matter and is a function of law, regulation, or contractQuestion: Can an unallowable cost be allocable?Answer: Yes, costs may be allocable but unallowable 39
  40. 40. Brief Overview of FAR/CAS FAR V. CASWhat’s the difference? FAR = Cost Allowability/Procurement CAS = Cost Allocability 40
  41. 41. Auditing World 41
  42. 42. Authoritative Guidance – Auditing Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (AICPA) Attestation Standards (AICPA) Government Auditing Standards (GAO – “Government Accountability Office”)We will look at each one in more depth 42
  43. 43. Auditing World –Generally Accepted Auditing Standards 43
  44. 44. Brief Overview of Generally Accepted Auditing Standards General standards: Audits are to be performed by a trained and proficient auditor All matters relating to the assignment should be addressed with an independence in mental attitude Due professional care is to be exercised 44
  45. 45. Brief Overview of Generally Accepted Auditing Standards Standards of field work: Work is to be adequately planned and properly supervised To assess the risk of material misstatements, a sufficient understanding of the entity is necessary Appropriate audit evidence is to be obtained through auditing procedures performed to afford a reasonable basis for an opinion 45
  46. 46. Brief Overview of Generally Accepted Auditing Standards Standards of reporting: Report whether the financial statements are presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles Report the circumstances in which principles have not been consistently observed in the current period Informative disclosures in the financial statements are to be reasonably adequate 46
  47. 47. Auditing World –AICPA Attestation Standards 47
  48. 48. AICPA ATTEST STANDARDSThree levels of service:  Examination  Review  Agreed-Upon-Procedures 48
  49. 49. AICPA Attest StandardsThere are currently 13 Attestation Standards Attest Engagements AT sec. 101 Establishes a framework for attest engagements and outlines general attestation standards, including examples of examination reports and review reportsNote: The Examination Standards (AT sec. 101) are incorporated in GAGASChapter 5, “Standards for Attestation Engagements”. Nice bridge back toAICPA Standards. 49
  50. 50. AICPA Attest Standards SSAE No. 10 (as amended by SSAE No. 11) AT sec. 201 Agreed-Upon Procedures Engagements Outlines attestation standards and guidance applicable to practitioners performing and reporting on most types of agreed-upon procedures engagements Compliance Attestation AT sec. 601 Provides guidance applicable to practitioners performing engagements related to an entitys compliance with requirements of specified laws, regulations, rules, contracts, or grants or engagements related to the effectiveness of an entitys internal control over compliance with specified requirements 50
  51. 51. Auditing World – GAGASAlso Known as “Yellow Book” 51
  52. 52. Brief Overview of GAGASUnder Government Auditing Standards, auditors follow the generalstandards included in Chapter 3 of the Yellow Book  Independence  Professional Judgment  Competence  Quality Control and Assurance 52
  53. 53. Brief Overview of GAGAS For financial statement audits – GAGAS currently incorporate the fieldwork and reporting standards of generally accepted auditing standards (GAAS) and the related SASs issued by the AICPA Under GAGAS, auditors also have fieldwork and reporting responsibilities that go beyond the AICPA standards, and are in addition to the AICPA standards 53
  54. 54. Brief Overview of Yellow Book Revision Maintain independence when performing non-audit services (non-audit involvement) If you prepare or help Contractor to prepare the OH schedule, need to build- in independence safeguards to comply with the revised Yellow Book Standards Also, significant FAR-type audit adjustments might impair independence under the new Yellow Book Standards Non-audit service practice aid available at AICPA Website: http://www.aicpa.org/InterestAreas/GovernmentalAuditQuality/Resources/A uditPracticeToolsAids/Pages/YellowBookAuditToolsandAids.aspx 54
  55. 55. Brief Overview of an Overhead Audit 55
  56. 56. Overview of How Our Firm Executes Overhead Audits for an A&E CompanyThree Major Components:  Planning and Risk Assessment Procedures  Further Audit Procedures (Internal Control Testing and “Substantive Audit Procedures”)  ReportingMateriality:  Used to Frame Audit Scope, Planning and Preliminary Analytical Review  All Disallowances are Reported as Adjustments Regardless of Materiality – GAGAS Public Accountability Concept (GAGAS 4.26) 56
  57. 57. Audit Planning and Risk Assessment 57
  58. 58. Planning – Engagement ArrangementsIn the engagement letter:  Clarify granting access of audit working papers to Government officials and their representatives  Chapter 4.16 Yellow Book: When performing GAGAS financial audits and subject to applicable provisions of laws and regulations, auditors should make appropriate individuals, as well as audit documentation, available upon request and in a timely manner to other auditors or reviewers. Underlying GAGAS audits is the premise that audit organizations in federal, state, and local governments and public accounting firms engaged to perform a financial audit in accordance with GAGAS cooperate in auditing programs of common interest so that auditors may use others’ work and avoid duplication of efforts. The use of auditors’ work by other auditors may be facilitated by contractual arrangements for GAGAS audits that provide for full and timely access to appropriate individuals, as well as audit documentation 58
  59. 59. Planning and Risk Assessment Procedures GAGAS requires that the audit be properly planned GAGAS requires auditors to document understanding of internal controls (accounting and compliance) Accomplished through ICQ, walk-throughs and flowcharts (AASHTO Audit Guide Appendix B). Would be a good practice aid GAGAS requires that proper audit risk assessment be performed 59
  60. 60. Planning and Risk Assessment Procedures Audit Risk FormulaPolling Question: What is Audit Risk? 60
  61. 61. Planning and Risk Assessment ProceduresAnswer: Risk that an inappropriate opinion is rendered due to a material misstatement in the overhead rate schedule Audit Risk FormulaAR = IR x CR x DR AR = Audit risk IR = Inherent risk CR = Control risk DR = Detection risk 61
  62. 62. Planning and Risk Assessment ProceduresContractor’s fundamental assertions in a FAR based overhead rateschedule:1. Occurrence2. Accuracy3. Allowability4. Allocability5. Reasonableness 62
  63. 63. Planning and Risk Assessment Procedures Inherent RiskThe risk of a material misstatement occurring in an assertion assumingno related internal controlsRelated to:  Nature of the Consultant or industry  Nature of the financial statement account  Complexity of the Consultant (e.g., Decentralized Operations) 63
  64. 64. Planning and Risk Assessment Procedures Control RiskRisk that a material misstatement in an assertion will not be preventedor detected on a timely basis by the Consultant’s internal controls 64
  65. 65. Planning and Risk Assessment Procedures Detection RiskRisk that the auditors’ procedures will conclude that no material errorsare present when in fact there are 65
  66. 66. Planning and RiskAssessment Procedures Illustration of Audit Risk 66
  67. 67. Planning and Risk Assessment Procedures Audit RiskPolling Question: Which risk can auditor directly control? 67
  68. 68. Planning and Risk Assessment Procedures Audit Risk Risk of Material Risk that the Auditors Audit Risk = Misstatement * Fail to Detect the Misstatement = Inherent Control Detection Risk * Risk * RiskAudit Risk: Risk that an inappropriate opinion is rendered on the Schedule ofOverhead due to a material misstatementIt is a function of risk of material misstatement and detection risk 68
  69. 69. Planning and Risk Assessment ProceduresTypical “higher inherent risk” areas:  Bonuses  Compensation reasonableness  Depreciation  Rent  Indirect labor  Marketing, bid and proposal costs  Legal and professional costs  Vehicle costs  Corporate or segment allocation costs  Cost pools for internally generated costs (remember CAS 402)  Travel, entertainment, meetings 69
  70. 70. Planning and Risk Assessment ProceduresTest of internal controls common cycles:  Control Environment  Payroll and job costing – detailed payroll cycle audit (minimum sample 26 time sheets per AASHTO audit guide)  Direct costs – none in overhead cost pool  Expense approval, expense coding (general ledger account and if applicable to discipline)  FAR Allowability screening  Subcontractor monitoring  IT controls  Spreadsheet controls 70
  71. 71. Planning and Risk Assessment ProceduresAdditional Items to Consider - Evaluate and test controls over:  Consistency in allocating costs for the same purpose CAS 402: Should not charge a cost direct if those same kinds of costs have been charged indirect  Accounting for unallowable costs CAS 405: Must have a process to identify unallowable costs and segregate those costs 71
  72. 72. Planning and Risk Assessment ProceduresControl Risk to be assessed as low – need to audit key controlsControls need to be:  Suitably designed, and  In operation Sample size needs to be sufficient to support a “Low” Risk Assessment Question: What if control risk is assessed at high? What should the auditor do? 72
  73. 73. Planning and Risk Assessment ProceduresPolling Question:1. Are auditors required to specifically address the risk of fraud?2. What are some types of fraud risk in an overhead audit? 73
  74. 74. Planning and Risk Assessment Procedures Don’t forget about fraud Address fraud risk – SAS 99 and GAGAS 4.10-4.13 requirement Internal fraud brain storming 74
  75. 75. Planning and Risk Assessment ProceduresPulling it all together: Detailed analytical review of overhead schedule line items Utilize the results of our internal control work and results of our detailed analytical review Assess Risk of Material Misstatement by account for each relevant assertion Based on this risk assessment, further audit procedures are developed 75
  76. 76. Planning and Risk Assessment Procedures So that detection risk can be at an appropriately low enough level Goal: Audit risk at an appropriate level to render an opinion 76
  77. 77. Planning and Risk Assessment ProceduresExample 1: Professional Fee Expense Accounts Relevant Assertion: Allowability AR = IR x CR x DR Low = High x High x Should be Low Question: What further substantive audit procedures should be performed? Would analytics alone be sufficient? 77
  78. 78. Planning and Risk Assessment ProceduresExample 2: Professional Fee Expense Accounts Relevant Assertion: Allowability AR = IR x CR x DR Low = High x Low x Could be moderate or Low Question: What further substantive audit procedures should be performed? 78
  79. 79. Planning and Risk Assessment ProceduresSAS 110 Guidance The greater the risk of material misstatement, the less detection risk that can be accepted; consequently, the greater the extent of substantive procedures Because the risk of material misstatement includes consideration of the effectiveness of internal control, the extent of substantive procedures may be reduced by satisfactory results from tests of the operating effectiveness of controls Tests of details are ordinarily more appropriate to obtain audit evidence regarding certain relevant assertions about account balances, including existence and valuation 79
  80. 80. Further Audit Procedures 80
  81. 81. Further Audit Procedures Audit account balance detail for those accounts that have a high risk of material misstatement (high inherent and control risk) Normally employ a combination of high dollar value items and monetary unit or statistical sampling We obtain support (audit evidence) to validate that cost occurred, allocable and allowable Remember: GAGAS and GAAS third fieldwork standard requires that audit evidence obtained be sufficient and appropriate 81
  82. 82. Audit EvidencePolling Questions (What is sufficient and appropriate audit evidence?):Are the following audit evidence sufficient and appropriate to supportclaimed costs?:1. Credit card statement only to support office supplies2. Hand-written receipt for a catered dinner to discuss strategic planning on Hotel Stationery3. Employee Expense Report to support inter-office travel4. Visa/Master Card receipt, no notation on receipt with charge coded to B&P account in overhead 82
  83. 83. Audit EvidenceAppropriateness of Audit Evidence:To be appropriate audit evidence must be:  Relevant  Reliable 83
  84. 84. Audit EvidenceTravel Costs:FAR 31.205-46(a)(7) states that costs are allowable only if the contractor maintainsspecific documentation to support claimed travel costsFor claimed costs to be allowable, the following information must be documented:(1) date and place (city, town, or other similar designation) of the expenses,(2) purpose of the trip; and(3) name of person on trip and that person’s title or relationship to the contractorPer DCAA Contract Audit Manual Section 7-1002.2:This information must be maintained in a book, diary, account book, or similarrecords. Documentation such as cancelled checks, credit card receipts, and hotelbills are to be maintained as corroboration for expenses, but without the diary orsimilar records, they may not be sufficient support for deductibility 84
  85. 85. Reporting 85
  86. 86. ReportingThe Auditor’s Risk Assessment Procedures and Substantive FurtherAudit Procedures performed in conformity with GAAS/GAGAS shouldbe sufficient to do the following:  Reduce Audit Risk to an appropriate level to allow for the Issuance of an opinion on the schedule of overhead costs  Issue a combined report on internal controls over financial reporting and on compliance with applicable provisions of laws, regulations, and provisions of contracts or grant agreements including Part 31 of the FAR and other matters 86
  87. 87. ReportingAuditor is required to report deficiencies in internal controls and any instancesof noncompliance with applicable provisions of laws, regulations, andprovisions of contracts and grant agreements including Part 31 of the FAR. Thisincludes the following: 1) Significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in internal control 2) Instances of fraud and noncompliance with provisions of laws or regulations that have a material effect on the audit and any other instances that warrant the attention of those charged with governance 3) Noncompliance with provisions of contracts or grant agreements that has a material effect on the audit 4) Abuse that has a material effect on the audit 87
  88. 88. ReportingManagement’s response:  If there is internal control or other findings reported, should obtain and report the views of responsible officials of the audited entity 88
  89. 89. ReportingInternal control reporting is governed under SAS No. 115 and GAGASParagraph 4.23 – 4.27Three categories of internal control deficiencies:  Control deficiency  Significant deficiency  Material weakness 89
  90. 90. ReportingSAS No. 115 Definition of a Control Deficiency“A deficiency in internal control exists when the design or operation ofa control does not allow management or employees, in the normalcourse of performing their assigned functions, to prevent, or detect andcorrect misstatements on a timely basis”Remember Two Key Requirements for a Control: • Must be suitably designed – robust enough to meet its objective • AND in operation – you have to do it 90
  91. 91. Reporting SAS No. 115 Definition of a Material Weakness “A material weakness is a deficiency, or combination of deficiencies, in internal control, such that there is a reasonable possibility that a material misstatement of the Contractor’s overhead schedule will not be prevented, or detected and corrected on a timely basis” SAS No. 115 Definition of a Significant Deficiency “A significant deficiency is a deficiency, or a combination of deficiencies, in internal control that is less severe than a material weakness, yet important enough to merit attention by those charged with governance” 91
  92. 92. ReportingSAS No. 115 provides evaluation criteria to assist auditors incategorizing internal control findings:  Control deficiencies  Significant deficiencies  Material weaknessesThere is an element of judgment: Practical consideration: If there are significant FAR audit adjustments but no significant deficiencies and/or material weaknesses reported, auditors should consider documenting why 92
  93. 93. “Slight Detour” 93
  94. 94. Business Systems Definition of Accounting SystemsPolling Question: Does FAR have a definition of an accounting system? 94
  95. 95. Business Systems Definition of Accounting SystemsFAR Supplement 252.242-7006 Accounting System Administration“Accounting system” means the Contractor’s system or systems for accountingmethods, procedures, and controls established togather, record, classify, analyze, summarize, interpret, and present accurate and timelyfinancial data for reporting in compliance with applicable laws, regulations, andmanagement decisions, and may include subsystems for specific areas such as indirectand other direct costs, compensation, billing, labor, and general information technology 95
  96. 96. Business Systems Definition of Accounting SystemsFAR 252.242-7006 Accounting System AdministrationAcceptable accounting system” means a system that complies with the system criteria inparagraph (c) of this clause to provide reasonable assurance that: Applicable laws and regulations are complied with The accounting system and cost data are reliable Risk of misallocations and mischarges are minimized, and Contract allocations and charges are consistent with billing procedures 96
  97. 97. Business Systems – Accounting Systems CriteriaThere are 18-criteria in FAR 252.242-7006 paragraph (c) as follows: (c) System criteria. The Contractor’s accounting system shall provide for: 1) A sound internal control environment, accounting framework, and organizational structure 2) Proper segregation of direct costs from indirect costs 3) Identification and accumulation of direct costs by contract 4) A logical and consistent method for the accumulation and allocation of indirect costs to intermediate and final cost objectives 97
  98. 98. Business Systems – Accounting Systems Criteria5) Accumulation of costs under general ledger control6) Reconciliation of subsidiary cost ledgers and cost objectives to general ledger7) Approval and documentation of adjusting entries8) Management reviews or internal audits of the system to ensure compliance with the Contractor’s established policies, procedures, and accounting practices 98
  99. 99. Business Systems – Accounting Systems Criteria9) A timekeeping system that identifies employees’ labor by intermediate or final cost objectives10) A labor distribution system that charges direct and indirect labor to the appropriate cost objectives11) Interim (at least monthly) determination of costs charged to a contract through routine posting of books of account12) Exclusion from costs charged to Government contracts of amounts which are not allowable in terms of Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) part 31, Contract Cost Principles and Procedures, and other contract provisions 99
  100. 100. Business Systems – Accounting Systems Criteria13) Identification of costs by contract line item and by units (as if each unit or line item were a separate contract), if required by the contract14) Segregation of preproduction costs from production costs, as applicable15) Cost accounting information, as required: By contract clauses concerning limitation of cost (FAR 52.232-20), limitation of funds (FAR 52.232-22), or allowable cost and payment (FAR 52.216-7); and To readily calculate indirect cost rates from the books of accounts 100
  101. 101. Business Systems – Accounting Systems Criteria16) Billings that can be reconciled to the cost accounts for both current and cumulative amounts claimed and comply with contract terms17) Adequate, reliable data for use in pricing follow-on acquisitions, and18) Accounting practices in accordance with standards promulgated by the Cost Accounting Standards Board, if applicable, otherwise, Generally Accepted Accounting PrinciplesNote: Tax rules do not apply 101
  102. 102. Business Systems – Accounting Systems CriteriaQuestion:Does your company appropriately address the 18 items?Points to consider:  Strong internal controls are essential  Auditors – Should document and audit key controls 102
  103. 103. Reporting – FAR Contracting ImplicationFAR Contracting implications:  Since accounting/financial reporting is one of the six “business systems”, a significant deficiency related to the business system for a CAS covered contract might have ramifications to the Contractor under a DOD Final Rule issued February 24, 2012 amendment to the FAR Supplemental regarding contractor business systems  Six business systems: 1) Accounting, 2) Estimating, 3) Materials Management and Accounting, 4) Government Property, 5) Purchasing, 6) Earned Value Management 103
  104. 104. Reporting – FAR Contracting Implication A significant deficiency in a business system might result in payment withholds Final Rule defines significant deficiencies: “shortcoming in the system that materially affects the ability of officials of the DOD to rely upon information produced by the system that is needed for management purposes” This is a business systems definition and not an internal control definition (SAS No. 115) Entire System issue 104
  105. 105. Reporting – FAR Contracting ImplicationsSome practical considerations:  DOD’s Final Rule and the SAS No. 115 definition of a “significant deficiency” are different  SAS No. 115 is at the Individual Control level the FAR Supplement is at the Systems level  Auditor should follow SAS No. 115 for internal control deficiencies identified  Question – at what point do significant deficiencies and/or material weaknesses in internal controls render a business system to have a “Significant Deficiency”? Final rule does not provide specific guidance 105
  106. 106. Reporting – FAR Contracting Implications This has ratcheted up the importance of internal controls for Company Management And for auditors it is critical to identify and report significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in internal controls 106
  107. 107. Common Issues and Findings 107
  108. 108. Common Issues – Deficiencies EncounteredInternal control related:  Not identifying and properly accounting for unallowable costs  Inadequate job costing system  Inadequate system for tracking allowable versus unallowable marketing  Inadequate/noncompliant system for tracking vehicle costs: direct, indirect and unallowableInternally generated costs:  Using the offset method instead of cost pooling  When using standard rates not properly disposing of significant variances 108
  109. 109. Common Issues – Deficiencies EncounteredLack of receipt documentation:  Travel related  Office meetings  Recruiting 109
  110. 110. Matrix of FindingsCommon disallowances noted: Vehicle costs Public relations and advertising costs No support Entertainment Excess compensation Direct costs in overhead Reasonableness Travel costs over maximum per diem Bonuses and incentive compensation Acquisition costs Insufficient documentation for travel costs Costs related to legal and other proceedings Compensation incidental to business acquisitions Amortization of acquired intangibles Idle facilities Related party rental costs 110
  111. 111. Wrap-Up As Contractors you should follow relevant “Accounting Standards” and have adequate internal controls As Auditors we must follow relevant “Auditing Standards” – see Appendix A of AASHTO Audit Guide Important for all Stakeholders to have a comprehensive understanding of these requirements As Auditors we are required to be Independent: “We just want it right” 111
  112. 112. Q&A 112
  113. 113. Thank you for your timeTo find out more about KLK, please visit us at www.klkcpa.com, or call (520) 884-0176