Category Archives: General

When is a Cost Not a Cost?

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one, but the answer is “When the government says so.”  Ba dum bum! A recent Comptroller General decision highlights this punchline.  You see, if the government does not feel that you have done a … Continue reading

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FAR 31 Series (Part 4, Credits and Accounting for Unallowables)

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Although I initially skipped this section, I believe touching on it can provide some insight to the “logic” of the government allowability criteria. Credits The government is entitled to its share of everything (see also Income Taxes).  The same can … Continue reading

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Pinterest for Government Contracting?

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UPDATE:  I was searching Pinterest and discovered an article on GSA approving the terms of service for agencies to use the site.  See the article here. I was reading a “personal branding” book on my Kindle so I could figure … Continue reading

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FAR 31 Series (Part 3, Direct and Indirect Costs)

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As we close in on the specific examples of allowable and unallowable costs in FAR 31.205, I wanted to discuss FAR 31.202 and FAR 31.203 dealing with Direct and Indirect costs. Direct Costs With direct costs, the regulation goes with an … Continue reading

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FAR Cost Principles Series (Part 2, Allowability, Reasonableness, and Allocability)

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As a former DCAA auditor, it was a primary goal for my position to find and report unallowable costs.  Recently, I have been hearing a lot more from the community in terms of making FAR 31.2 easier to understand.  This is pat 2 … Continue reading

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CCH Update from Washington DC – Feb 4, 2013

A recent snippet from a “sister blog” within Wolters Kluwer – the CCH Weekly Report from Washington, DC Congress The Senate on January 31 approved the No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013 (HR 325), a bill that will raise … Continue reading

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FAR Cost Principles Series (Part 1, Total Cost)

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As a former DCAA auditor, it was a primary goal for my position to find and report unallowable costs.  Recently, I have been hearing a lot more from the community in terms of making FAR 31.2 easier to understand.  So, … Continue reading

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