Adding Value to the Company: Moving to Dismiss Claims Under the Contract Disputes Act for Statute of Limitation Violations

To say that there is a crisis surrounding the closing of government contracts, especially large cost-type contracts held by large government contractors, would certainly not be an understatement. [i]  Closing a contract essentially requires verification that the goods or services have been provided and that final payment has been made to the contractor. Audits are the tools the government uses to support contract closeouts.  However, the government is seemingly taking forever to perform various audits of government contracts.  To illustrate, the Defense Contract Audit Agency, the audit arm of the Department of Defense, had a backlog of 25,000 incurred cost audits at the end of Fiscal Year 2011, some dating as far back as 1996. GAO, Defense Contracting:  DOD Initiative to Address Audit Backlog Shows … Continue reading

GAO Recommends Little Relief to Incurred Cost Submission Backlog

Guest Authors: Capital Edge Consulting ( The recent GAO report on the backlog of audits of Incurred Cost Proposals is unfocused.  The conclusion highlights the fundamental issue at hand in the statement, “DOD has fallen far behind in closing out its contracts, in part due to the large backlog of incurred cost audits that must be performed by DCAA…” The GAO’s “Recommendations for Executive Action” include recommending DCAA, “…assess whether its incurred cost backlog initiative is achieving the objectives of reducing the incurred cost audit backlog…”  With this suggestion, GAO is recommending DCAA engage in the same metric type exercise that landed it in hot water in 2009 (GAO Report 09-468, September 2009).  Clearly, the GAO’s recommendations lack substance on how to increase the rate of … Continue reading

FAR 52.232-7: Payments Under Time-and-Materials and Labor-Hour Contracts

Applicability: This FAR clause specifies the payment terms for Time-and-Materials (T&M) and Labor-Hour (LH) contracts that were not acquired using FAR Part 12 (commercial items).  The clause is included in solicitations and contracts when a time-and-materials or labor-hour contract is contemplated (other than a FAR Part 12 acquisition).   Key Requirements:  A T&M contract is comprised of two key elements:  (1) Time, and (2) Materials (note that a labor hour contract is a T&M contract without the materials).  The T&M/LH payments clause specifies how payments will be made for both the Time and the Materials elements of the contract.The clause at FAR 52.215-7 also includes key elements related to other areas, including assignment and release of claims; ceiling price; and the timing of interim payments. While … Continue reading