32 CFR Appendix A to Part 290, DCAA's Organization and Mission
(a) Purpose. This section implements 5 U.S.C. 552 by describing the central and field organizations of DCAA.
(b) Origin and Authority. DCAA was established by the Secretary of Defense under Department of Defense (DoD) Directive 5105.36 1 ( 32 CFR part 357) and began operating on July 1, 1965. Its Director reports to the Comptroller of the Department of Defense.
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(c) Objective. Assist in achieving the objective of prudent contracting by providing DoD officials responsible for procurement and contract administration with financial information and advice on proposed or existing contracts and contractors, as appropriate.
(d) Mission. (1) DCAA performs all necessary contract audits for the Department of Defense, and provides accounting and financial advisory service regarding contracts to all DoD components responsible for procurement and contract administration. These services are provided in connection with negotiation, administration, and settlement of contracts and subcontracts. It also furnishes advisory contract audit service to a number of other government agencies under agreements between the Department of Defense and such agencies.
(2) DCAA audits contractors' and subcontractors' accounts, records, documents, and other evidence; systems of internal control, accounting, costing, estimating, and general business practices and procedures to give advice and recommendations to procurement and contract administration personnel on: acceptability of costs incurred under cost, redetermination, incentive, and similar type contracts; acceptability of estimates of costs to be incurred as represented by contractors incident to the award, negotiation, and modification of contracts; and adequacy of contractors' accounting and financial management systems and estimating procedures. DCAA also performs post-award audits of contracts for compliance with the provisions of Public Law 87-653 (Truth in Negotiations), and reviews contractor compliance with the Cost Accounting Standards.
(3) DCAA assists responsible procurement or contract administration activities in their surveys of the purchasing-procurement systems of major contractors; and cooperates with other DoD components on reviews, audits, analyses, or inquiries involving contractors' financial positions or financial and accounting policies, procedures, or practices. DCAA also maintains liaison auditors at major procuring and contract administration offices and provides assistance in the development of procurement policies and regulations.
(e) Composition. (1) DCAA consists of five major organizational elements: A Headquarters and five regions. The five regional offices manage over 400 field audit offices (FAOs) and suboffices located throughout the United States and overseas. An FAO is identified as either a branch office or a resident office. Suboffices are established by regional directors as extensions of FAOs when required to furnish contract audit service more economically. A suboffice is dependent on its parent FAO for release of audit reports and other administrative support.
(2) The Headquarters located at Fort Belvoir, Virginia consists of:
(i) The Director who exercises worldwide direction and control of DCAA.
(ii) The Deputy Director who serves as principal assistant to the Director and acts for the Director in his absence.
(iii) The Assistant Director, Operations, authorized to act for the Director and Deputy Director in their absence, is responsible for staff functions related to audit management, and technical audit programs, supervises the Defense Contract Audit Institute and the Technical Services Center in Memphis, Tennessee and the procurement/contract administration liaison offices.
(iv) The Assistant Director, Policy and Plans, is responsible for audit policy and procedures and related liaison functions.
(v) The Assistant Director, Resources, is responsible for the programs and procedures related to the management and administration of resources required to support the audit mission.
(vi) The General Counsel provides legal and legislative advice to the Director and all members of the Agency staff.
(vii) The Executive Officer performs a variety of special projects and assignments for the Director and Deputy Director.
(viii) The Special Assistant for Quality reviews the Agency's compliance with established audit quality control standards, policies, and procedures and other internal control requirements.
(3) Regional offices are located in Smyrna, GA; Lowell, MA; Irving, TX; La Mirada, CA; and Philadelphia, PA. Regional directors direct and administer the DCAA audit mission, and manage personnel and other resources assigned to the regions; manage the contract audit program; and direct the operation of FAOs within their region. Principal elements of regional offices are the Regional Director, Deputy Regional Director, Regional Audit Managers, Regional Special Programs Manager, and Regional Resources Manager.
(4) A resident office is established at a contractor's location when the amount of audit workload justifies the assignment of a permanent staff of auditors and support staff. A resident office may also perform procurement or contract administration liaison functions.
(5) A branch office is established at a strategically situated location within the region, responsible for performing all contract audit service within the assigned geographical area, exclusive of contract audit service performed by a resident or liaison office within the area. A branch office may also perform procurement or contract administration liaison functions.
(6) If requested, a DCAA liaison office is established at a DoD procurement or contract administration office when required on a full-time basis to provide effective communication and coordination among procurement, contract administration, and contract audit elements. Liaison offices assist in effective utilization of contract audit services.