Category Archives: Cost Principles

Rules Enhance FAR and DFARS Whistleblower Protections

The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council have published a series of interim rules addressing statutory amendments that enhance whistleblower protections for federal government contractor and subcontractor employees. Four interim rules amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation … Continue reading

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CAS Board Seeks Input on CAS 413 Pension Adjustments

The Cost Accounting Standards Board has issued a notice regarding its fact-finding initiative for developing a staff discussion paper on CAS 413 Pension Adjustments for Extraordinary Events. As part of these efforts, the public is invited to attend two meetings … Continue reading

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Selected Cost Series, Part 10 (FAR 31.205-15 Fines, Penalties, etc.)

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Have you ever had one of those moments when you think you did something and then realize you didn’t?  That would be me looking at the history of posts today.  I really thought I had posted this piece of the … Continue reading

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Selected Costs Series, Part 9 (FAR 31.205-13, Employee Morale, etc.)

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In the last post, we partied, but the government wasn’t paying for it because it was definitely ENTERTAINMENT.  Now, we may be able to party a little bit (as long as we don’t call it a party) and charge the … Continue reading

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Selected Costs Series, Part 8 (FAR 31.205-12 & 14, Economy and Entertainment)

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If someone were to have told me 5 years ago to make an “economic plan” for a company I am not sure my plan would have even come close to what actually happened.  The good news, though, is if I … Continue reading

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Selected Costs Series, Part 7 (FAR 31.205-11, Depreciation)

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“They” say life is a bell curve.  One of the best examples I can think of is walking.  You start moving by being carried (by your parents) – crawling on your own – walking with support – walking without support … Continue reading

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Selected Costs Series, Part 6 (FAR 31.205-10, Cost of Money)

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An interesting fact about the cost of money – it actually costs the U.S. more to make a penny than it is actually worth!  Every time a new penny is minted, it costs the U.S. around $0.02 (net increase to … Continue reading

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