10 U.S. Code § 2313a - Defense Contract Audit Agency: annual report

(a)Required Report.—The Director of the Defense Contract Audit Agency shall prepare an annual report of the activities of the Agency during the previous fiscal year. The report shall include, at a minimum—
(1)
a description of significant problems, abuses, and deficiencies encountered during the conduct of contractor audits;
(2) statistical tables showing—
(A)
the total number and dollar value of audit reports completed and pending, set forth separately by type of audit;
(B)
the priority given to each type of audit;
(C)
the length of time taken for each type of audit, both from the date of receipt of a qualified incurred cost submission and from the date the audit begins;
(D)
the sustained questioned costs, set forth separately by type of audit, both as a total value and as a percentage of the total questioned costs for the audit;
(E)
the total number and dollar value of incurred cost audits completed, and the method by which such incurred cost audits were completed;
(F)
the aggregate cost of performing audits, set forth separately by type of audit;
(G)
the ratio of sustained questioned costs to the aggregate costs of performing audits, set forth separately by type of audit; and
(H)
the total number and dollar value of audits that are pending for a period longer than one year as of the end of the fiscal year covered by the report, and the fiscal year in which the qualified submission was received, set forth separately by type of audit;
(3)
a summary of any recommendations of actions or resources needed to improve the audit process;
(4)
a summary, set forth separately by dollar amount and percentage, of indirect costs for independent research and development incurred by contractors in the previous fiscal year;
(5)
a summary, set forth separately by dollar amount and percentage, of indirect costs for bid and proposal costs incurred by contractors in the previous fiscal year;
(6)
a description of outreach actions toward industry to promote more effective use of audit resources; and
(7)
any other matters the Director considers appropriate.
(b)Submission of Annual Report.—
Not later than March 30 of each year, the Director shall submit to the congressional defense committees the report required by subsection (a).
(c)Public Availability.—
Not later than 60 days after the submission of an annual report to the congressional defense committees under subsection (b), the Director shall make the report available on the publicly available website of the Agency or such other publicly available website as the Director considers appropriate.
(d) Definitions.—
(1)
The terms “incurred cost audit” and “qualified incurred cost submission” have the meaning given those terms in section 2313b of this title.
(2)
The term “sustained questioned costs” means questioned costs that were recovered by the Federal Government as a result of contract negotiations related to such questioned costs.
(Added Pub. L. 112–81, div. A, title VIII, § 805(a), Dec. 31, 2011, 125 Stat. 1486; amended Pub. L. 114–92, div. A, title VIII, § 893(b), Nov. 25, 2015, 129 Stat. 952; Pub. L. 114–328, div. A, title VIII, § 824(d)(1), Dec. 23, 2016, 130 Stat. 2279; Pub. L. 115–91, div. A, title VIII, § 811(d)(1), title X, § 1081(d)(5), Dec. 12, 2017, 131 Stat. 1460, 1600.)
Amendments

2017—Subsec. (a)(2)(A). Pub. L. 115–91, § 811(d)(1)(A)(i), inserted “and dollar value” after “number” and “, set forth separately by type of audit” after “pending”.

Subsec. (a)(2)(C). Pub. L. 115–91, § 811(d)(1)(A)(ii), inserted “, both from the date of receipt of a qualified incurred cost submission and from the date the audit begins” after “audit”.

Subsec. (a)(2)(D). Pub. L. 115–91, § 811(d)(1)(A)(iii), amended subpar. (D) generally. Prior to amendment, subpar. (D) read as follows: “the total costs of sustained or recovered costs both as a total number and as a percentage of questioned costs; and”.

Subsec. (a)(2)(E) to (H). Pub. L. 115–91, § 811(d)(1)(A)(iv), (v), added subpars. (E) to (H) and struck out former subpar. (E) which read as follows: “an assessment of the number and types of audits pending for a period longer than allowed pursuant to guidance of the Defense Contract Audit Agency;”.

Subsec. (a)(4), (5). Pub. L. 115–91, § 1081(d)(5), amended Pub. L. 114–328, § 824(d)(1)(B). See 2016 Amendment note below.

Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 115–91, § 811(d)(1)(B), added subsec. (d).

2016—Subsec. (a)(4), (5). Pub. L. 114–328, § 824(d)(1)(B), as amended by Pub. L. 115–91, § 1081(d)(5), added pars. (4) and (5). Former pars. (4) and (5) redesignated (6) and (7), respectively.

Subsec. (a)(6), (7). Pub. L. 114–328, § 824(d)(1)(A), redesignated pars. (4) and (5) as (6) and (7), respectively.

2015—Subsec. (a)(2)(D). Pub. L. 114–92, § 893(b)(1), amended subpar. (D) generally. Prior to amendment, subpar. (D) read as follows: “the total dollar value of questioned costs (including a separate category for the dollar value of unsupported costs); and”.

Subsec. (a)(4), (5). Pub. L. 114–92, § 893(b)(2)–(4), added par. (4) and redesignated former par. (4) as (5).

Effective Date of 2017 Amendment

Pub. L. 115–91, div. A, title X, § 1081(d), Dec. 12, 2017, 131 Stat. 1599, provided that the amendment made by section 1081(d)(5) is effective as of Dec. 23, 2016, and as if included in Pub. L. 114–328 as enacted.

Effective Date of 2016 Amendment

Pub. L. 114–328, div. A, title VIII, § 824(d)(2), Dec. 23, 2016, 130 Stat. 2279, provided that:

“The amendments made by this subsection [amending this section] shall take effect on October 1, 2018.”