Time to Get Your Training On

You’re probably not feeling quite like THIS about training, but we do want to remind you of a few topics that you, as a federal government contractor, need to address with your workforce on a fairly regular basis. We can’t hit them all, but this is a list of those that should be on the radar of your Human Resources staff and are relevant to most contractors.

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Topics: Contracts Administration, Government Compliance Training, Human Resources, OFCCP, Affirmative Action, Drug-Free Workforce, CoBEC, EEO, Anti-Human Trafficking

Simple but Effective Subcontract Management Suggestions

Need some simple suggestions for basic contract management? Setting aside regulations in government contracting and all the complexities, there are a few steps you can take which reduce some of the workload and stress upon contract award. Below are a few suggestions to consider within your infrastructure.

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Topics: Defense Contractors, DOD Contractors

Does Your Company Qualify as a “Major Contractor” for IR&D Reporting?

The calendar year ended December 31st and you are closing your books and gathering information for your incurred cost submission that is due June 30th. There is one more requirement you should consider that may have been overlooked. Does your company meet the requirement to input IR&D costs into the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC)?

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Topics: Incurred Cost Submission, Incurred Cost Proposals, Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), Accounting

Contracting with Responsible Subcontractors

Prime contractors must award contracts to responsible subcontractors. One of the required flowdowns from a prime to a subcontract is FAR 52.209-6, Protecting the Government's Interest When Subcontracting with Contractors Debarred, Suspended, or Proposed for Debarment. This flowdown is required when the solicitation or contract exceeds $35,000 but is not required when purchasing commercially available off the shelf (COTS) items. The purpose of the clause is to protect the government. A contractor that is debarred or suspended is referred to as an excluded contractor.

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Topics: DFARS Business Systems, Contractor Purchasing System Review (CPSR)

Cost Accounting Standards (CAS)

If your company no longer qualifies as a small business or is a company that wants to move from commercial contracts to negotiated contracts with the Federal Government, then this Vlog is for you. This Vlog explains how to determine when Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) apply and what are the different levels of coverage. It also discusses how to determine your CAS-covered universe and why it is important. There are three significant dollar amounts when dealing with CAS: $7.5M, $2M and $50M. Watch to find out why these are important numbers in the world of negotiated Government contracts.

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Buy American – Don’t Get Caught With Your Documentation Down

What’s new in this long-standing area?

The FAR Council at long last issues final rule to implement the Trump Executive Order 13881, Maximizing Use of American-Made Goods, Products, and Materials. Only a few days later a Biden Executive Order 14005, Ensuring Future of America is Made in America by all of America’s Workers, hit the streets.

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Topics: Business Systems Review, Cost and Pricing and Budgeting, Incurred Cost Submission, Small Business Compliance, Contracts Administration, Defense Contractors, DFARS Business Systems, Incurred Cost Proposals, DCAA Audit Support, FAR, Contractor Purchasing System Review (CPSR), Government Regulations, DOD Contractors

DFARS Class Deviation 2020-O0021 and 2020-O0013 Revision

DFARS Class Deviation 2020-O0021 Revision

On January 15, 2021, the Principal Director at Defense Pricing and Contracting (DPC) issued a memorandum on the CARES Act Section 3610 Reimbursement Requests, DFARS Class Deviation 2020-O0021, Revision 2. This memorandum revises and supersedes the DFARS Class Deviation 2020-O0021 Revision 1 issued on October 14, 2020. The only revision is to extend the period for which paid leave must be taken from March 27, 2020 through December 11, 2020 to March 27, 2020 through March 31, 2021. The remainder of the memorandum remains unchanged and details are included in Redstone GCI’s blog.

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Topics: Incurred Cost Proposals, Accounting & Billing System, COVID-19

DOL Announces Final Rule on Independent Contractor Status Under FLSA

On January 6, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced its final rule to clarify whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The final rule was published in the Federal Register on January 7, 2021 and the effective date is March 8, 2021. You may read the entire rule here.

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Topics: Small Business Compliance, Human Resources, FLSA, Independent Contractor, Department of Labor, SCA

Costpoint: Detours to the Road of Overall Success with the System

Thinking about running a utility in Costpoint to correct an issue? Proceed with caution and consider contacting Deltek or a Redstone consultant to assist. These utilities can sometimes purge, overwrite, or change master database information that cannot be recovered. Access to these screens should be carefully restricted.

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Topics: Costpoint, Deltek

System for Award Management Registration

System for Award Management is a GSA managed application. Businesses desiring to do business with the federal government must ensure they are registered in SAM with accurate information about their business and current representations and certifications.

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Topics: System Award Management (SAM)