“DCMA: How to Submit Invoices and How Long Does It Take to Receive Payment?”

The Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) is responsible for managing payments to contractors for government contracts. In this article, we’ll explore how to submit invoices to DCMA and how long it takes to receive payment.

Submitting Invoices to DCMA

To submit an invoice to DCMA, contractors must follow the following steps:

  1. Review the contract: The first step in submitting an invoice to DCMA is to review the contract terms and conditions. This will help ensure that the invoice is accurate and complies with all contractual requirements.
  2. Complete the invoice: Once the contract has been reviewed, contractors must complete the invoice according to the requirements of the contract. This may include providing a detailed description of the work performed, the amount due, and any supporting documentation.
  3. Submit the invoice: The completed invoice should be submitted to the government’s designated payment office (DPO). The DPO will review the invoice to ensure that it complies with all requirements and initiate payment.

How Long Does It Take to Receive Payment?

The time it takes to receive payment from DCMA can vary depending on several factors, including the complexity of the contract, the accuracy of the invoice, and the availability of funds. Generally, however, contractors can expect payment within 30 days of the receipt of a properly completed invoice.

To help expedite payment, contractors should ensure that their invoices are accurate and comply with all contractual requirements. Additionally, contractors should maintain accurate records of all work performed and any expenses incurred to support their invoices.

In some cases, DCMA may issue a notice of disagreement (NOD) if there is a dispute or discrepancy in the invoice. In this case, contractors should work with the DPO to resolve the issue as quickly as possible to avoid delays in payment.


DCMA payments are an important aspect of government contracting. By following the proper procedures for submitting invoices and ensuring that invoices are accurate and comply with contractual requirements, contractors can help ensure timely payment. While the time it takes to receive payment can vary, contractors can generally expect payment within 30 days of submitting a properly completed invoice. By maintaining accurate records and addressing any disputes or discrepancies promptly, contractors can help ensure a smooth and efficient payment process.

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