Government contracting presents numerous opportunities, but it also requires strict adherence to evolving regulations. As of 2024, updates to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), and Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) oversight have introduced new compliance challenges for contractors. To stay competitive and compliant, a proactive approach is essential. Here are key strategies for navigating these changes effectively.

Stay Informed

Keeping abreast of regulatory updates is crucial. Regularly reviewing changes to FAR, CAS, and DCAA requirements will help you remain compliant and avoid potential pitfalls. Here are some practical steps to stay informed:

  1. Subscribe to Newsletters: Many organizations and government bodies offer newsletters that provide updates on regulatory changes. The Federal Register and the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) are excellent resources.
  2. Attend Industry Seminars: Participating in seminars and conferences can provide valuable insights into the latest compliance trends and regulations. Events hosted by the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) are particularly beneficial.
  3. Online Resources: Websites like and offer comprehensive information on FAR and DCAA updates, respectively.

Invest in Training

Ensuring that your team is knowledgeable about compliance requirements is vital. Investing in training programs can help your employees understand and implement necessary practices effectively:

  1. Internal Training Programs: Develop and regularly update internal training programs focused on the latest compliance requirements. Tailor these programs to address specific needs and roles within your organization.
  2. External Training Providers: Consider partnering with external training providers who specialize in government contracting. Organizations like Federal Publications Seminars offer specialized courses on FAR, CAS, and DCAA compliance.
  3. Certification Programs: Encourage your team to pursue relevant certifications, such as the Certified Federal Contracts Manager (CFCM) or the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certifications. These credentials can enhance their understanding and credibility.

Leverage Technology

Technology can significantly streamline compliance processes. Utilizing the right tools can help manage cybersecurity, cost accounting, and audit preparation more efficiently:

  1. Cybersecurity Tools: Implement robust cybersecurity solutions to comply with the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) 2.0 requirements. Tools like Symantec and McAfee offer comprehensive protection.
  2. Cost Accounting Software: Use specialized software for managing cost accounting and financial reporting such as Daston’s DCAA-on-Demand NetSuite SuiteApp. 


The regulatory landscape for government contractors is marked by significant changes in FAR, CAS, and DCAA compliance. By staying informed, investing in training, leveraging technology, and engaging with experts, contractors can navigate these complexities effectively. Adopting these strategies will not only ensure compliance but also position your organization for continued success in the competitive world of government contracting. 

As always, Daston’s team of DCAA, FAR and CAS experts stand ready to help you navigate your government contracting organization through the complexities of FAR, CAS and DCAA compliance. Reach out to our team today to schedule your free demo and discovery call to review our DCAA-on-Demand NetSuite SuiteApp.