On October 20, 2016, our Aronson LLC government contracting specialists Donna Dominguez and Aisha Mian hosted “Decoding Budgeted Indirect Rates,” where they provided tips, guidance, and best practices to help government contractors efficiently build their budgeted indirect rates for the upcoming year. As a follow up to this webinar, Donna and Aisha have prepared answers to a large number of attendee questions that we wanted to share. To watch the webinar, please visit this link.
On September 2, 2016, Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy (DPAP) Director, Claire M. Grady, issued a guidance memo concerning commercial item determinations and the determination of price reasonableness for commercial items. The memo begins by noting the proposed rule issued August 11, 2016 under DFARS Case 2016-D006 implementing Sections 851-853 and 855-857 of the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and, among other things, providing guidance to contracting officers concerning price reasonableness and commercial item determinations. That DFARS Case is currently making its way through the rulemaking process. In the meantime, this DPAP guidance is intended to address the underlying tenets of that legislation to improve consistency and timeliness.
In late June 2016, the highly coveted Alliant 2 SB RFP was released and within the 174 page document, there lies section L.5.4.2 Approved Purchasing System. This scoring element is 1500 points of the total points and requires offerors to provide support that their purchasing system has been approved for compliance within the past five years though a Contractor Purchasing System Review (CPSR).