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CAS 417 recovery methods
7/13/2017 12:43:00 PM
Question: Is it proper for them to recover CAS 417 cost of money through its own billing rate or should it be recovered through the overhead rate? Would they be paid for cost of money twice using this method (once through the billing rate and once through overhead)?
Answer: The following response is based solely on the question and background information provided. As we do not have all the facts particular to your situation, we highly recommend ...(More)
Cost to Prepare a Cost Estimate
2/6/2017 3:35:00 PM
Question: Can the government deny the reimbursement of the direct costs of preparing cost estimates based on CO directed changes, on a CPIF contract and on what basis? And if so, what is the source document for making that denial? Are there situations where the direct costs of estimating changes would be allowable under the existing contract?
Answer: Yes, if I correctly understood the background information you provided, I believe your Contracting Officer can deny costs associated with estimating potential changes to the contract. ...(More)
Cost Proposal Analysis using a Sampling Approach
1/30/2017 12:57:00 PM
Question: Given the sheer quantity of line items and the time it would take to conduct cost realism on all line items, is it acceptable to conduct the cost realism using a sampling methodology, and extrapolate from there? Are you aware of anyone doing this in the past?
Answer: I am not aware of anyone doing this in the past, however, this does not mean it has not been done in the past, ...(More)
Is spare quantity included in denominator for APUC and PAUC calculation
12/12/2016 7:40:00 PM
Question: Based on the above code I think the APUC and PAUC should include the procurement quantity and the whole spare units in the denominator since they are fully configured end items. Do you know how other programs do this?
Answer: All fully-configured end items, to include spares, are included in the denominator of the Average Procurement Unit Cot (APUC) calculation. ...(More)
Cost and Pricing Data
10/31/2016 11:08:00 AM
Question: Is certified cost and pricing data required for the initial award? Is it required for the modification and if so, is for the modification dollar amount or the entire contract value?
Answer: Reference is made to FAR 15.403 - - Obtaining Certified Cost or Pricing Data, and 10 USC 2306a, Truth in Negotiations Act (TINA). ...(More)
Can an Air Logistics Center subcontract quote be considered adequeate price competition?
9/28/2016 8:04:00 PM
Question: However, since one of the subcontractors is the ALC is this still considered adequate price competition?
Answer: Since your question pertained to logistics and contracting, this response was developed by DAU faculty from both career fields. The bottom line is ...(More)