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How Does Your Business Handle Fringe Benefits?

The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 31.205-6(m) states that, except as provided otherwise (in FAR Subpart 31.2), fringe benefits are allowable to the extent that they are reasonable and required by:

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Change in Allowable Airfare: What’s the Impact?

Documentation can be challenging. A final rule was published in December of 2009 that revised the FAR cost principle on Travel Costs (FAR 31.205-46). The revision replaced the language “lowest customary standard, coach, or equivalent airfare” with “lowest priced airfare available to the contractor.”

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Realism in Competitive Reimbursable Costs

Are your proposed costs for U.S. government competitive reimbursable costs realistic? If not, then you may find that the U.S. government source selection officials will unilaterally adjust your proposed costs to what they believe is the most probable cost based on their evaluation.

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Are Your Proposed or Incurred Costs Reasonable?

Can you demonstrate that your proposed or incurred costs are reasonable? If not, then you may not be able to negotiate a desirable price or get paid for your incurred expenses.

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Training and Education Cost Allowability

Efficient and effective execution of duties is dependent on a well-trained staff. However, there are some training and training-related costs that are not allowable. Know these rules to maximize recovery, avoid penalties and preclude findings of accounting system inadequacy.

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Billing Requirements in Federal Contracts: Are You Compliant?

Are you compliant with your billing requirements under your U.S. government cost-reimbursable contracts? Federal Acquisition Regulations (FARs) provide for inclusion of the contract clause in FAR 52.216-7, entitled Allowable Cost and Payment, in cost-reimbursement contracts. This clause provides for the government to make payments to you when requested as the work progresses.

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What You Can Include in Your Indirect Expense Pool

Are travel and attendance costs to conventions an allowable claim? Can your business include the expense of sponsoring a conference in its claimed indirect expense pool? It all depends on the nature and purpose of the event.

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Making Commercial Item Determinations

Prime Contractors are expected to use the same or similar procedures as government buyers to make “commercial item determinations.”

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Are You Prepared for a Contractor Business System Audit?

Government auditors evaluate the adequacy of a contractor’s internal controls to provide a basis for establishing the scope of subsequent audits of cost representations. The internal controls are those attributes that, through the normal course of day-to-day business, result in either the prevention or timely detection of any errors or irregularities.

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Bid Protesting in 3 Forums: Take Consecutive Bites of the Apple

Most federal government contractor don’t realize it, but the bid protest system is set up to permit consecutively protesting the same procurement in three separate forums

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