Just What is Proof?


One of the often frustrating aspects of an audit by DCAA or other government entities is the definition of proof.

The video above is an excellent example from Disney’s “Darby O’Gill and the Little People” on an assertion of proof that fails.

Other examples:

  1. Demanding copies of employees’ driver licenses to prove they are “real”.
  2. Rejecting scanned copies of receipts.

On the other side:

  1. “The government has always accepted our rates on our proposals, why do you need to check them?
  2. “Our accounting system is a little informal but it is oaky”

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