SF1408, What is it? Why is it important for you?

Letters, numbers, acronyms, and more. It’s like a GovCon fairytale minus the lions, tigers, and bears. Oh my! Today we’re discussing SF1408. What is it and why is it something you should be familiar with? A 1408 assessment is the Pre-Award Accounting System Survey (SF1408).  The Accounting System Survey is sometimes referred to as a […]

DCAA, Part II

(As promised, here’s the Part II to “DCAA Trends in 2020“) We’re preparing to make a bold statement that is practically blasphemy in our industry and especially with what BOOST does. Care less about DCAA compliance and more about financial acumen. There.  We said it.  Here’s what we mean and our rationale: As we learned […]

DCAA Trends for 2020

Taxes may be less than exciting, but an audit is definitely too stressful. Let’s BOOST your DCAA Compliance before an issue arises. Last year, we attended a breakfast where DCAA spoke on the upcoming year, current trends, etc.  This year, we went for the update.  Enter a wittier DCAA Manager with the same mediocre breakfast.  […]

Be Very, Very Quiet… We’re hunting Unicorns…

The definition of a unicorn is a mythical beast that looks like a horse with a horn projecting from its forehead.  However, in this context, we’re talking about the ever-elusive purple unicorn; something that is highly desirable but difficult to find or obtain.  In the recruiting world, companies are always looking for the purple unicorn, […]

What is a CPSR and Why Should You Care?

We recently told you about the Contractor Purchasing System Review (CPSR) process, and today we will (attempt to) convince you to care about this mega-compliance hurdle. If you want to read more about a CPSR, check out our white paper here. There appears to be a trend in government evaluations looking for CPSR compliant contractors. […]

Smart Tips for Pricing Labor Rates

If you’re bidding on any government contract these days, whether it’s a Firm Fixed Price or Cost Plus, there is almost always a requirement to demonstrate and justify how your labor rates were developed.  Many companies may end up bidding existing employee rates (that’s fine, but may not be the smartest approach), or using free online […]

Audit Files, How Important Are They?

Well, the proposal was submitted, the “all-nighters” are done, the proposal team has celebrated either with a big happy hour or a 48-hour night/day of sleep, and all is well.  It seems that way at first until the pricing specialist wakes up in the middle of the night dreaming of errors and mistakes or compliance […]

Using Surge Support to Fill the Gaps and Save Money

Summer is busy for many different reasons in the GovCon community; proposal season, approaching fourth quarter, vacations, summer Fridays, and the list continues. Even though the rest of the world seems to be “summering” it’s go-time for GovCons and things can’t be allowed to slip. Your back office needs to stay on track. If you […]

What is Price to Win?

All right govcons, here’s another fancy schmancy phrase that is pretty common in our industry and yet nobody really knows what this mysterious thing is. Price to Win (PTW)! What? Does anyone truly have a guide to THE winning number? Think about that for a second. The answer is a resounding NO. If someone did, […]