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DoD Cost and Software Data Reporting (CSDR) FlexFile Requirements

If your company has DoD contracts, did you know that beginning on May 15, 2019, the default cost reporting formats for Cost and Software Data Reporting (CSDR) is the Cost and Hour Report or FlexFile?  

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The FlexFile Program for Contractors at a Glance

A little over a year ago, the Department of Defense (DoD) launched its “FlexFile” program to help estimators and contractors exchange project cost data in a more efficient way. On November 1, 2016, the Cost Assessment Data Enterprise (CADE), an Office of the Secretary of Defense Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (OSD CAPE) initiative, sent out an open invitation to all government contract agencies, asking them to start converting XML files to the JSON FlexFile. The intent is to improve data quality, reporting compliance, and source data transparency for Cost and Software Data Reporting (CSDR). The CSDR is DoD’s system for collecting actual costs as well as software and related business data. The DoD uses the CSDR data for most DoD resource analysis efforts including cost database development, applied cost estimating, cost research, program reviews, analysis of alternatives, and life cycle cost estimates. Let’s review the official FlexFile details to get started:

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