Idle Facilities and the Federal Acquisition Regulation Cost Principles

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Idle facilities and the associated costs have always been a topic of debate between government contractors and the Federal government. Contractors need to proactively monitor their facility use to avoid potential questioned costs while ensuring they can meet contract work fluctuations and future demand.

With businesses becoming more comfortable with employees working from home due to the COVID 19 pandemic, office occupancy has greatly declined and there is uncertainty as to when, or if, government contractors will go back to a fully occupied office environment. Many contractors now find themselves in a position of evaluating their long-term needs for facility space.

Listen to Brendan Halloran, a Senior Manager in Cherry Bekaert’s Government Contracting Industry (GovCon) practice who previously spent 10 years at the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA), and Curt Smith, a Manager in the Firm’s GovCon practice who spent 12 years at the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA), discuss how the Federal government views idle facilities, how much time contractors are allowed before the government considers facility costs unallowable, and how contractors should address the costs associated with these facilities.

If you need help determining or supporting idle facilities costs, Cherry Bekaert’s GovCon Consultants are available to discuss your situation with you.

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