Compensation Planning and Analysis Especially Important to Government Contractors

In this uber competitive labor market, it is more crucial than ever to be creative with compensation and benefits. Compensation programs and retention strategies have expanded beyond base compensation and bonus to include all methods in which employees are rewarded and incentivized. As a Federal Government Contractor, it is especially important to understand the FAR requirements which may impact compensation decisions and to document all processes and procedures related to your compensation program.

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Topics: Human Resources, Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)

The ASBCA Giveth and the Federal Circuit Taketh Away

In a saga which conjures up the phrase: “It ain’t over till it’s over” (quotation attributed to the late, great Yogi Berra), the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Case 21-2304) in a decision dated 01-3-2023, reversed an ASBCA Decision (60091, et al), the latter having found Raytheon’s policies for tracking potentially unallowable Lobbying and Organization costs to be reasonable, thus allowable.

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Topics: Incurred Cost Proposal Submission (ICP/ICE), DFARS Business Systems

The Incurred Cost Submission: Why are Schedules H and J Important?

Schedules H and J are some of the most important parts of the Incurred Cost Submission. This VLOG will briefly explain the Incurred Cost Submission, how to complete Schedules H and J, and the importance of each schedule.

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Topics: Incurred Cost Proposal Submission (ICP/ICE), Vlog

Can a Government Contractor Compensate Its Remote Employees For Travel From Home To The Office?

In order to fulfill project requirements, there are times necessitating that remote employees travel into the contractor’s site of operations for a meeting, special project, training, performance review, etc. The US Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) states that the time employees spend commuting from home to their normal place of work before the beginning of the workday and from work back home at the end of the workday is not considered compensable time worked and therefore is not time for which employees must be paid. What if the employer wants to compensate remote employees for this travel time? The available guidance doesn’t seem to say an employer can’t pay an employee for this time, and many employers do, however, should they, and what things should an employer consider?

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Topics: DFARS Business Systems, DCAA Audit Support, Cost Accounting Standards (CAS)

Where You Can Get Into Trouble in a Contractor Purchasing System Review

So, you have a Contractor Purchasing System Review (CPSR) in the pipeline. Whether your first CPSR review or Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) is returning to perform a comprehensive review, you should make sure your house is in order.

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Topics: Contractor Purchasing System Review (CPSR)

2023 Compensation Cap Update

Executive Compensation Limit for Government Contractors

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Topics: Contractor Employee Compensation, Incurred Cost Proposal Submission (ICP/ICE), DCAA Audit Support, Government Regulations, Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)

Did the Door Just Open for Inflation Relief on DoD Fixed-Priced Contracts?

Yes, the door just opened for potential relief from unanticipated inflation on fixed-priced contracts, but what’s beyond the door is still unclear. This year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) includes Section 822, Modification of Contracts to Provide Extraordinary Relief Due to Inflation Impacts, which builds upon DoD’s September 9, 2022, inflation guidance through use of FAR Part 50, Extraordinary Contractual Actions and the Safety Act, requests submitted to your contracting officer to provide an upward adjustment (increase contract value) and this can be done for prime and subcontractors. Note that this NDAA section does not create an obligation for the Government to pay for unanticipated inflation, but it is a “discretionary” expenditure where the Government may pay for the effects of unanticipated inflation. What remains to be seen is exactly how and how much will be provided to your contract(s).

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Topics: Compliant Accounting Infrastructure, Contracts and Subcontracts Administration, DFARS Business Systems, Government Regulations

The Court of Appeals Reverses The Armed Services Board in The Raytheon Case

Apparently, nothing the Board found was to the liking of the judges at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Case Number 21-2304, Secretary of Defense v. Raytheon Company, Raytheon Missile Systems, decided January 3, 2023. This was the appeal from the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals in Nos. 59435, 59436, 59437, 59438, 60056, 60057, 60058, 60059, 60060, and 60061.

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Topics: Incurred Cost Proposal Submission (ICP/ICE), Government Regulations, Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)

Does Your Company Have Research and Development Expenses? If so, Get Ready for an Increase in Your 2022 Taxes

Effective for tax years after December 31, 2021, companies that have research and development expenditures will be required to amortize their R&D costs instead of deducting them in the current year. So, what is the impact – an increased tax bill beginning in 2022.

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Topics: Compliant Accounting Infrastructure, DFARS Business Systems, Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)

Why are Schedules B, C, D, and Fringe Important?

Schedules B, C, D, and Fringe are some of the most important parts of the Incurred Cost Submission. This vLOG will briefly explain the Incurred Cost Submission, how to complete Schedules B, C, D, and Fringe, and the importance of each schedule.

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Topics: Compliant Accounting Infrastructure, Incurred Cost Proposal Submission (ICP/ICE), Contracts and Subcontracts Administration, DCAA Audit Support, Vlog