The Department of Defense (DOD) issued a final rule amending the DFARS to provide a "proposal adequacy checklist" that contractors "should" complete and submit alongside any cost proposal containing certified cost or pricing data. The final rule contains 36 separate checklist items, down from the 47 items included in the initial proposed rule. Found at DFARS 252.215-7009, the checklist is not meant to be punitive, as DOD claims. Rather, it is designed to guide contractors in preparing price proposals, with the ultimate goal of reducing costs and delays associated with rework of noncompliant proposals.