Topic Archives: Schedule Contracting

Federal Procurement

Impending Tariffs Could Increase Cost of Performance, but Remedy-Granting Clauses May Allow for Price Adjustments

As talk of a trade war escalates, government contractors should be alert to the possibility that the recently imposed steel and aluminum tariffs could increase their cost of performance.  The orders, signed March 8, 2018, impose a 25 percent tariff on imported steel and a 10 percent tariff on imported aluminum, with exemptions for imports ...›

May 11, 2017Compliance, Schedule Contracting

Risky Business — Intracompany Transfers at Price v. Cost

The FAR cost principles and their DAR and ASPR predecessors have long provided that “materials, supplies, and services” can be transferred between “divisions, subdivisions, subsidiaries, or affiliates of the contractor” at a “price,” rather than at the transferring entity’s cost, only when (i) it is the transferor’s established practice to make such transfers at price for the ...›

August 8, 2016Schedule Contracting

Keeping Your Options Open -- Why Not To Worry About GAO's AllWorld Decision On Task Order Options

For years, federal agencies have issued task and delivery orders, under Federal Supply Schedule and indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contracts, that include many years of options that extend well beyond the underlying contracts’ ordering periods. And for years, agencies have exercised those options without regard to whether the time for placing new orders under the underlying contracts had expired. ...›

April 12, 2016Schedule Contracting

A New Hope for an Expedited FedRAMP Process

The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, or FedRAMP, is a government-wide program to assess, monitor, and pre-authorize cloud-based products and services. Agencies often include in their solicitations a requirement for FedRAMP certification, and cloud service providers (CSPs) must obtain this certification before implementation of any services. ...›

December 9, 2015Schedule Contracting

GSA Issues Semiannual Report to the Congress

The General Services Administration (GSA) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) recently issued its Semiannual Report to the Congress, which covers April 1 to September 30, 2015 and provides year-end statistics on the OIG’s audit and investigative work for the past fiscal year. ...›

November 5, 2015Schedule Contracting

OMB Encourages Agency Collaboration in Shared Services and Earned Value Management System Certification Processes

The White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has recently engaged in a number of efforts to promote collaboration and enhance efficiency across federal government agencies. On October 22, 2015, OMB and the General Services Administration (GSA) announced a new initiative encouraging the development of government-wide shared services for mission-support functions. ...›