What Could Defense Production Act Mean?

The President has announced he has invoked the 1950 Defense Production Act (DPA).  This act provides the Government with the ability to direct businesses to accept contracts and increase the production of necessary goods and services.  The act has been used numerous times since 1950 to support emergencies, including natural disasters and the war on terrorism.  The current fight with COVID-19 has necessitated it once again.  A July 28, 2014, Congressional Research Service paper titled “The Defense Production Act of 1950: History, Authorities, and Reauthorization” summarized the current act to include:

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Topics: Contracts Administration, Government Regulations, COVID-19

What is the Focus of a Billing System Audit Coverage?

Back in the days of DCAA ICAPS audits, the billing system was a standalone audit program.  Even DCAA’s first pass at auditing for compliance with DFARS 252.242-7006 provided a standalone sub-assignment for the coverage of contractor billing systems.

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Topics: Contracts Administration, Accounting & Billing System, Government Regulations

What Are the Rules with Directly Associated Cost?

FAR 31.201-6(a) and CAS 9904.405-30(a) both define directly associated cost as “any cost which is generated solely as a result of incurring another cost, and which would not have been incurred had the other cost not been incurred.”  FAR 31.201-6(a) restates the definition replacing the word “which” with the word “that.”  Still a consistent view of what directly associated cost means.

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Topics: Contracts Administration, Government Regulations

Forward Pricing Rate Proposal: What is the Process and How to get an Agreement on Rates

There is much confusion and frustration on behalf of a contractor when it comes to forward pricing rate proposals (FPRP) and forward pricing rate agreements (FPRA).  This confusion and frustration comes from the lack of direction provided for this process in the FAR.  In this blog, we pull together the regulation and guidance associated with forward pricing so contractors can better understand the process and alleviate some of the frustration and questions which we see often.

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Topics: Contracts Administration, Government Regulations

Incoterms 2020: What Are They and What’s New

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has published the new Incoterms 2020, rules that define the responsibilities of buyers and sellers for the delivery of tangible goods in international trade. The terms also identify when the risk/responsibility for those goods transfer from the seller to the buyer. The new terms took effect on January 1, 2020, and can replace the last version, which is Incoterms 2010.

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Topics: Contracts Administration, Export and Import

Service Contract Act: Cheers to 2020 and Getting it Right!

Lately, we seem to be constantly reminded of the necessity of accurately identifying contracts which are (or should be) covered by the Service Contract Act (SCA) (aka Service Labor Contract Standards (SCLS)) and the subsequent labor category mapping.  Unfortunately, these reminders tend to come at quite a cost, not only financially but also as an extreme burden on your staff.  With this in mind, we decided to share some common issues and suggestions, in hopes of encouraging you to kick off the New Year with a resolution to be proactive in your compliance efforts.

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Topics: Contracts Administration, Defense Contractors

Understanding Which Thresholds Apply to Your Government Contracts

All too often, contractors have a dilemma as to which changing dollar threshold should be inserted into company policy.  You may recall that there has been considerable debate around changing dollar thresholds around TINA, CAS, and even the executive comp ceiling from a few years back.  There is now a proposed rule before the FAR Council is seeking to eliminate this confusion.  This rule will also reduce the administrative workload in processing changing dollar thresholds throughout the FAR.  

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Topics: Contracts Administration, Government Regulations

OneTeam, An Easier Way to Propose on Government Contracts

At Redstone GCI we are constantly seeking new tools to make our clients (and by extension us too) lives easier when it comes to maintaining compliance and completing deliverables for government customers.  One of the most challenging areas for contractors of all shapes and sizes in the proposal management process.  The government’s increasing use of multiple award IDIQ and other task order driven contracts often necessitates the formation of contractor teams.  In these situations, not only are you worried about your prime proposal, but you’re also managing data calls to your subcontractors to create the consolidated volumes for response to the government customer.  To say managing this process can be a challenge, is an understatement.

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Topics: Contracts Administration

Government Property and Subcontractor Control

We get lots of questions about Government property and how it should be handled with subcontractors. Remember, and it has been said over and over, the prime contractor is responsible for just about anything subcontractors do in support of a contract. And yes, that includes Government property requirements.

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Topics: Contracts Administration, Government Property Management

Redstone Success Program – How We Help Government Contractors Succeed

How would you feel if you had unlimited access to all the resources Redstone Government Consulting had to offer?  Relief?  Security?  Control?  Protected?  Re-focused?

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Topics: Redstone GCI, Litigation Consulting Support, Small Business Compliance, Contracts Administration, Defense Contractors