Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA)

The Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA)is the Department of Defense (DoD) agency that works directly with Defense suppliers to help ensure that DoD, Federal, and allied government supplies and services are delivered on time, at projected cost, and meet all performance requirements.

DCMA professional employees serve as "information brokers" and in-plant representatives for military, Federal, and allied government buying agencies -- both during the initial stages of the contract acquisition cycle and throughout the life of the resulting contracts.

  • Before government contract award
    DCMA provides advice and services to help construct effective solicitations, identify potential risks, select the most capable contractors, and write contracts that meet the needs of our customers in DoD, Federal and allied government agencies. 

  • After government contract is awarded
    DCMA monitors contractors' performance and management systems to ensure that cost, product performance, and delivery schedules are in compliance with the terms and conditions of the contracts.

  • Contract Closeout Guide Defense Acquisitions
    A Contract Closeout occurs when a contract has met all the terms of a contract and all administrative actions have been completed, all disputes settled, and final payment has been made. This includes those administrative actions that are contractually required; i.e. property, security, patents and royalties. The procedures for contract closeout are located in Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 4.804-5.

  • The Lost Art of Contract Closeouts

The standard timeframes for closing out are located in the FAR 4.804.

DCMA and the Small Business Program

DCMA and the Small Business Program Division's objective is to evaluate and analyze how well prime contractors ensure small businesses receive a fair proportion of and a maximum practicable opportunity to participate in prime contractors' subcontracts. Our strategy to achieve this objective is to actively assist customers in developing aggressive but reasonable subcontracting plans for their contractors and review contractor compliance with subcontracting plans. By doing this, the Agency helps foster business innovation and new technology, supports the war fighter, strengthens and sustains the military and economic industrial base and promotes private enterprise.

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