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SBA Issues Proposed Rule to Allow Lower Tier Small Business Subcontractors to Qualify Toward Small Business Subcontracting Goals

On October 6th, 2015 the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) issued a proposed rule to allow “other than small” business prime contractors, with small business subcontracting plans, to receive credit for awarding subcontracts to small businesses at any tier level. Under the current regulations, credit toward small business subcontracting goals is awarded only at the first tier level. The proposed rule seeks to further the government’s overall commitment to providing Federal procurement opportunities to small business. Federal Acquisition Regulation (“FAR”) 52.219-9(l), which provides regulations governing small business subcontracting plans, states the “subcontract award data reported by prime Contractors and subcontractors shall. Read More.

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Rule Updated on Whistleblower-Related Legal Costs

In June 2013, Cherry Bekaert notified you of coming changes to whistleblower protection laws for government contractors. Subcontractors were being given protection under whistleblower laws, and the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) was amended at that time to generally not allow legal fees or other expenses related to whistleblower protection claims. This past July, multiple government agencies, the Department of Defense (“DoD”), General Services Administration (“GSA”), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (“NASA”), finalized a rule to update FAR cost principle 31.205-47, related to the allowability of legal costs. The change implements a section of the National Defense Authorization Act 2013. Read More.

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Another Delay for SAM?

System for Award Management (SAM) is a federal government database that will eventually combine the data from multiple databases or systems to provide a single portal for contractors, grantees, and federal agencies. In July 2011, eight systems were projected to be included in SAM by the end of 2014. Currently, only four systems, Central Contractor Registration (CCR), Online Representation and Certifications Application (ORCA), Excluded Parties List System (EPLS) and Federal Agency Registration (FedReg) have been combined. On July 31, 2014, the president issued an Executive Order (Order): Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces . It requires federal contractors submitting an offer for a contract of goods. Read More.

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DCAA Issues Guidance on Dealing with Delinquent Final Indirect Cost Rate Proposals

On February 3, 2014, the Defense Contract Audit Agency (“DCAA”) issued Memorandum for Regional Directors (MRD) 14-PPD-002(R), entitled, Treatment of Delinquent Final Indirect Rate Proposals. As indicated by the title, the guidance addresses steps DCAA and the Defense Contract Management Agency (“DCMA”) will take when a contractor does not submit its final indirect cost rate proposal on time. Before discussing the MRD, some background information on submission of final indirect cost rate proposals is in order. Contrary to the belief of some DCAA auditors, contractors do not have an inherent duty to establish final indirect cost rates. Instead, contractors are. Read More.

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DCAA Issues new Guidance on Establishment of Provisional Billing Rates

On June 27, 2014, the Defense Contract Audit Agency (“DCAA”) issued Memorandum for Regional Directors (“MRD”) 14-PPS-012(R) Guidance on Establishing Provisional Billing Rates . The new guidance is effective October 1, 2014, but early implementation is encouraged. This new guidance should help to ease issues that have arisen between DCAA and contractors regarding a contractor’s obligation to submit a proposal to establish billing rates. In the past, some of our clients have had DCAA auditors cite them for having deficient accounting systems because the contractor did not submit a “timely” proposal to establish billing rates. This was inappropriate because there is no specific requirement in the FAR for a contractor to submit. Read More.

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Changes to ALL Compensation for Government Contractors

As part of the 2013 Bipartisan Budget Act, Congress reduced the contractor and subcontractor compensation cap from $952,308 to $487,000, a 49 percent reduction. The cap will be adjusted annually to reflect the change in the Employment Cost Index for all workers as calculated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. As always, contractors can pay whatever amounts they deem appropriate, but the government will only reimburse (at the most) to the cap. Previously, Congress, in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, applied the ceiling on reimbursable pay to all Department of Defense (“DoD”), Coast Guard, and National Aeronautics and Space. Read More.

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