Category Archives: Federal Aquisition Regulation

Recent CRA Resolution of the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Regulation

March 7—Last night, the Senate passed a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution disapproving of last year’s (August 25, 2016) final “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Federal Acquisition Regulation, often referred to as the “blacklisting” regulation. Continue reading Recent CRA Resolution of the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Regulation

Year-End Compliance Planning for Federal Contractors and Awardees

As another year comes to a close, BRG’s Government Contracts Advisory Services team is here to share a year-end compliance planning checklist for Federal Contractors and Awardees. As you get ready to close the books on another year, these proactive efforts can help your organization prepare for and reduce delays in completing annual compliance and business processes, audit readiness, mitigation of potential issues, and improvement of audit outcomes and internal/external reporting. Continue reading Year-End Compliance Planning for Federal Contractors and Awardees

A Closer Look at the Allowability of Bid and Proposal Costs

A Closer Look at the Allowability of Bid and Proposal Costs

Bid and proposal costs[1], commonly referred to as “B&P” costs, have been at issue in the news recently, namely serving as a grounds for suspension or debarment. Contractors subject to Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) requirements have had clear guidance for the treatment of B&P costs, but nonprofit organizations have been operating in a grey area since 2004, when the B&P cost principle in OMB Circular A-122 was removed. The confusion arises in situations where staff who typically charge time directly to awards are asked to perform proposal activities that may not be properly recorded on the employee’s timesheet. While it may seem like the proposal activities are directly associated with one project, there are actually limited instances where this time can be charged direct. This post will take a closer look at the rules and regulations that govern B&P costs, as well as the unique circumstances that can warrant a deviation from the usual treatment. Continue reading A Closer Look at the Allowability of Bid and Proposal Costs