In an effort to reverse this trend and restore some modicum of respectability to its image, the Agency recently issued guidance to its audit staff requiring them to coordinate mutually agreed-to due dates with contracting officers. According to the guidance,
This acknowledges that forward pricing audits play a critical role in the procurement process and failing to provide, as promised, could compromise the negotiation schedule or result in our valuable audit effort not being used to assist in the negotiation of a fair and reasonable price. The performance measure will help DCAA to continually improve our services and processes.
(Note the self-promotion in that quote: "...result in our valuable audit effort not being used...").
The guidance goes on to discuss adequate planning, managing workflow, effective risk assessments, and other tools available to the audit team that will assist in meeting the required due dates. It also states that the Agency will begin tracking whether due dates have been met. That brings to mind another adage "What gets measured gets done, what gets measured and fed back gets done well, what gets rewarded gets repeated".