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.
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.
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.
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.
Topics: Contracts Administration
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.
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?
On December 18, 2018 the Administrative Judge, in ASBCA No. 61583, denied the contractor’s appeal and granted the Government’s request for summary judgement related to the contractor’s claim that it was entitled to a penalty waiver because the contractor did not demonstrate that it “had adequate policies, training, controls, and review systems, and that it inadvertently incorporated the [unallowable cost]” in its incurred cost proposals. This decision serves as a reminder of the importance of maintaining adequate policies and procedures.
Slowly is the word that always describes Government change, and acquisition process change is no exception. Some of you will remember that the 2017 NDAA required DCAA to reduce the backlog of DoD incurred cost submissions and suspend work for other Departments. But how many of you remember that it also created an Advisory Panel on Streamlining and Codifying Acquisition Regulations, better known as the Section 809 Panel?
It’s everyone’s least favorite time of year. That’s right, tax season. For those of us who no longer work in public accounting, this time of year is now a welcome reprieve; although for us, it also marks the start of incurred cost season. If you’re not sure what an Incurred Cost Submission is or have questions about that topic, visit our website for a variety of resources.