Cost Accounting Standard (CAS) 415 – Accounting for the Cost of Deferred Compensation

For cost accounting under Federal government contracts, including your contracts that are not CAS covered, deferred compensation must be measured based on the requirements of CAS 415. FAR 31.205-6(k) requires that the cost of all deferred compensation, other than pension costs, be measured, assigned, and allocated in accordance with CAS 415, Accounting for the Cost of Deferred Compensation.

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Topics: Compliant Accounting Infrastructure, Employee & Contractor Compensation, Human Resources, Government Regulations, Cost Accounting Standards (CAS)

Training is an Allowable Cost and Required for Government Contractors

Training and employee development, in our opinion, must be looked at as a necessary investment in the future of a business as well as the business’ key resource - its employees. That said, those businesses in the government contracting industry are also facing an ever-expanding list of required or at least expected training that is necessary to maintain compliance with their growing list of contract clauses.

Contract Requirements and Expectations for Training

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Topics: Compliant Accounting Infrastructure, Small Business Compliance, Contracts & Subcontracts Administration, Government Compliance Training, DCAA Audit Support, Human Resources, Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Organizational Change Management Consulting

DPC Issues Guidance to DoD for Lack of Verifying Contractor Compliance with Whistleblower Protection Requirements

The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Defense Pricing and Contracting (DPC) issued a guidance memorandum dated March 18, 2024 to Agencies based on the results of the Department of Defense (DoD) Inspector General (IG) Audit of DoD Compliance on Whistleblower Protection Requirements. While the DoD IG found in most cases, that Contracting Officers included the DFARS 252.203-7002 Requirement to Inform Employees of Whistleblower Rights clause in contracts, they did not verify whether contractors were complying with the clause.

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Topics: Contracts & Subcontracts Administration, Government Compliance Training, DFARS Business Systems, DCAA Audit Support, Human Resources, Government Regulations, Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)

Rights and Obligations of Employers and Unions

We understand that it can be tough to learn that your employees are planning to unionize, despite your efforts to create a fair and safe work environment. We know that you want to do your best for your employees and your company. While labor unions have been declining over the years, there is a resurgence of union organization as many believe that unions have been instrumental in establishing employee rights and conditions. That's why it's important to understand your rights and obligations as an employer and those of a union.

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Topics: Human Resources, Government Regulations, Employers and Unions

Common Challenges Due to Poor Implementation of Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS)

Implementing the proper human resources information systems (HRIS) brings many benefits to HR teams and the businesses they support. These benefits may include automating processes, efficient talent acquisition, effective employee management, proper time tracking, increased employee engagement, and more. Poor execution of the implementation can create havoc, causing frustration, confusion and a lack of employee engagement. Improper security assignments will cause employees to see the information they shouldn't or managers to be unable to see what they should. In worst cases, employees may not get paid correctly or at all if a system is not setup properly and thoroughly tested. These are just some of the issues that could result from not choosing a partner who is dedicated to knowing your business needs and minimizing the challenges as much as possible. Some complications are expected, but the right partner will find a way to navigate or even avoid them effectively. We utilize the UKG Ready HRIS solution for HR, Payroll, and Timekeeping at Redstone Government Consulting, as we find it can fully meet our clients' needs, not only for our Federal Government Contractor clients but also for any clients looking for a full-suite solution.

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Topics: Government Compliance Training, DCAA Audit Support, Human Resources, UKG Ready HR Software Consulting

The Department of Labor Issues New Rules on Employee Classifications

On January 10, 2024, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published its highly anticipated “final rule” on independent contractor classifications.[1] As expected, they adopted the “totality of the circumstances” test which means that many more workers will be found to be w-2 employees as opposed to 1099 independent contractors. This rule takes effect on March 11, 2024, and is anticipated to have a significant impact across many industries that rely on contract workers, including government contractors. Under the new rule, many independent contractors will likely be reclassified as employees, which will financially impact employers by way of potential entitlement to company benefits, additional tax implications, and possible exposure to employment-based lawsuits, etc. Furthermore, if a worker is misclassified as an independent contractor but is later determined to be your employee, there is an additional risk of back wages that could be assessed for unpaid overtime, particularly in light of the changes DOL has in store regarding the salary basis for exempt employees. Those proposed changes will be discussed at the end of this article.

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Topics: Small Business Compliance, Human Resources, Government Regulations

Understanding Health and Welfare Under the Service Contract Act (SCA)

The McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act (SCA), aka Service Contract Labor Standards (SCLS), requires contractors and subcontractors on covered contracts to provide specified wages and fringe benefits to covered employees (i.e., “service employees”). While that may sound fairly straightforward, there are many nuances and complexities that can cause great concern and angst when working toward compliance with the SCA. At the top of the list of these administrative burdens is the appropriate distribution of Health and Welfare (H&W).

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Topics: Employee & Contractor Compensation, Small Business Compliance, Human Resources, HR Huddle, Service Contract Act

DCAA Issues Real-Time (Labor & Material) Audit Guidance – Good News or Not so Good News?

On August 9, 2023, DCAA issued guidance to its auditors revising the real-time labor and material testing requirements. DCAA historically referred to these procedures as Mandatory Annual Audit Requirements (MAARs) 6 and 13. DCAA states in its guidance what its auditors need to know is that “[l]abor and material are two of the most significant cost elements billed under government contracts. As such, one of the primary reasons … [DCAA] audit[s] labor and material costs incurred is to determine the accuracy of the charges. The real-time verification of these costs as they are incurred provides valuable confirmation of the accuracy of the charges and can only be accomplished during the accounting period to which they apply.” I cannot really argue with this statement.

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Topics: Compliant Accounting Infrastructure, Small Business Compliance, Contracts & Subcontracts Administration, Government Compliance Training, DCAA Audit Support, Human Resources

What Government Contractors Can Expect in a Purchase Existence and Consumption Audit

In August of 2023, the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) changed what is used to refer to as Mandatory Annual Audit Requirements (MAARS) 13 audits to Real-Time Audits of Purchase Existence and Consumption. This change was to eliminate the mandatory part of the requirement and introduce greater flexibility based on the auditor’s risk assessment of the contractor.

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Topics: Compliant Accounting Infrastructure, Small Business Compliance, Contracts & Subcontracts Administration, Government Compliance Training, DCAA Audit Support, Human Resources

What Government Contractors Can Expect in a Real-Time Labor Audit

In August of 2023, the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) changed what it called Mandatory Annual Audit Requirements (MAARS) 6 audits to Real-Time Audits of Labor. This change was to eliminate the mandatory part of the requirement and introduce greater flexibility based on the auditor’s risk assessment of the contractor.

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Topics: Compliant Accounting Infrastructure, Small Business Compliance, Contracts & Subcontracts Administration, Government Compliance Training, DCAA Audit Support, Human Resources