Updates to the Compliance Review Series of Blogs

by Humphreys & Associates on November 20, 2017

Time Lapse of Freeway representing the progress of time.Humphreys & Associates has posted an update to the series of blogs discussing the DCMA Compliance Review (CR) process. “Compliance Review” is a common term used for any type of formal EVM System review DCMA performs to determine compliance with the EIA-748 Standard for EVMS guidelines.  This includes a Validation Review (VR), Implementation Review (IR), and Review for Cause (RFC).

DCMA used to follow a 16 Step compliance review process. This changed to an 8 Step process with the release of the DCMA Instruction 208 (DCMA-INST 208) titled “Earned Value Management System Compliance Reviews.” This instruction was recently updated in March, 2017 to reflect the changes in the DCMA organization structure and other policy guidance.

The four updated blogs include:

  • EVMS Compliance Review Series #1 – Prep for the DCMA 8 Step Review Process. This blog discusses the differences between the old and new steps. It also discusses what you can expect should you need to complete the DCMA Compliance Review process. It is critical you are able to complete each step in the process successfully the first time through to prevent delays. The best way to make sure you are prepared is to conduct a self-assessment, the topic for the next blog.
  • EVMS Compliance Review Series #2 – Contractor Self-Assessment. This blog discusses the importance of conducting a thorough self-assessment of your EVMS. You may or may not have the expertise in-house to conduct this self-assessment. An independent third party can help you prepare for a DCMA compliance review. The objective is to conduct the self-assessment process to simulate everything DCMA will do. DCMA also expects a thorough scrub of the schedule and cost data – data traceability and integrity is essential.
  • EVMS Compliance Review Series #3 – Using Storyboards to Depict the Entire EVMS. Do you need a refresher on the role of storyboards in a compliance review? Storyboards can make a difference in training your personnel and explaining to the DCMA personnel how your EVMS works. Storyboards can take many forms, and if you don’t have one in place, consider starting with the flow diagrams in your EVM System Description.
  • EVMS Compliance Review Series #4 – Training to Prepare for Interviews. This blog highlights the importance of conducting training for your personnel, particularly the control account managers (CAMs), so they are able to complete successful interviews with DCMA personnel. H&A recommends completing a three step training process to proactively address any issues.

Do you need help preparing for a DCMA compliance or surveillance review? Download a copy of the DCMA-INST 208 and read our updated blogs so you have an idea of what is ahead. Humphreys & Associates can help you conduct a self-assessment, perform a data quality assessment, create a storyboard, or conduct training and mentoring for your personnel. Call us today at (714) 685-1730 or email us.

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