By W. Bruce Shirk

Albert Einstein supposedly said that “the most powerful force in the world is compound interest.” Whether or not the great man actually said that, DCAA is now prepared to show contractors just how powerful compounding can be.
 


Continue Reading DCAA Implements Federal Circuit Decision Requiring Interest Compounded Daily On Adjustments For CAS Noncompliances

By Anne B. Perry

A controversy with a more than 35 year life has finally been addressed by the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit – and in a pro-contractor fashion. In its March 19, 2010 decision in ATK Thiokol, Inc. vs. United States, Fed. Cir. No. 2009-5036 (3/19/10), the Court of Appeals, in affirming the Court of Federal Claims decision from 2005, determined that research and development costs not specifically required by a contract may be treated as Independent Research and Development ("IR&D") under FAR 31.205-18. While this might seem a fairly unremarkable holding, and one consistent with reason, sound procurement policy, and a harmonious reading of the relevant regulations, the Government has for years taken the contrary view that costs of implicitly required development cannot be treated as IR&D. And, as a result, those contractors who treated such costs as IR&D have been treated to cost disallowances, citations for CAS non-compliance, and even accusations of fraud.
 


Continue Reading Court of Appeals Finds That R&D Costs Not Explicitly Required By A Contract Qualify As IR&D