White Paper

How to Respond to Corrective Action Requests from DCMA

The Ultimate Guide to Corrective Action Requests (CARs) for Government Contractors

While receiving a Corrective Action Request can be a stressful experience, it doesn’t have to be. With the right education and the right tools, you can respond to CARs quickly and easily, and may even be able to avoid CARs in the first place.

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In this white paper, you’ll learn:

  • DFARS business system rules
  • What a Corrective Action Request is
  • What levels of Corrective Action Requests there are
  • How to avoid receiving a Corrective Action Request
  • How to respond to a Corrective Action Request

What is a Corrective Action Request (CAR)?

During a business system audit, sometimes a Corrective Action Request (CAR) is issued.

There are 4 levels of CARS, with each level carrying different types of ramifications. If they are not addressed promptly, CARs can be escalated to higher, more serious levels.

The most serious, Level IV, can result in “contractual remedies such as suspension of progress payments.”

This is why it’s vital to be prepared to respond to CARs, and prevent them when possible. This guide will explain key strategies and processes that help you prevent receiving a CAR due to noncompliance. The guide also explains what to expect when you receive a CAR, and how to respond to one quickly to prevent escalation.