Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Acquisition Regulation Comparator (ARC)

The new Acquisition Regulation Comparator (ARC) is now live on 

ARC provides users the ability to compare up to three regulations side by side. The results are displayed in a column layout, with regulations compared at the part/subpart level and lined up by the sections.

Its not quite finished however. Currently it contains the FAR, GSAR (GSA FAR Supplement), and DFARS (DoD FAR Supplement) but soon (they say) ARC will release all of the civilian agency acquisition regulations (e.g. NASA, DOE, etc).

ARC is easy to use - select the three regulations you want to compare, select the subpart, and then generate the comparison.

For example, if you have a DoD contract and want to research the cost principle on public relations and advertising (FAR 31.205-1), you need to understand not only the FAR coverage but also whether the DoD FAR supplement adds any additional restrictions on allowability. It does as you can see by this example:

This tool will save time when researching acquisition regulations and whatever FAR supplement is applicable. We hope the civilian agency supplements will be added sooner rather than later.

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

IRS Mileage Rate for the Second Half of 2022

 The IRS just announced an increase in the standard mileage rate for the final six months of 2022.

Effective beginning July 1st, the rate for business travel will increase to 62.5 cents per mile from 58.5 cents per mile.

The rate for medical and moving will also increase four cents per mile from 18 cents to 22 cents.

The IRS stated that the adjustments are necessary to better reflect recent increases in fuel prices.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

How Do I Find My Cognizant DCAA Office?

This is a repost from a few years back but it also contains an updated link.

If you ever need to find the location of your nearest (or cognizant) Defense Contract Audit Agency office, click here and enter your CAGE Code, your DUNS number or your ZIP code.

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

IRS Mileage Rate for 2022

For 2022, the standard mileage rate for business will increase to 58.5 cents per mile from 56 cents per mile in 2021.

The rate for medical and moving will also increase from 16 to 18 cents per mile while the rate for charitable purposes remain at 14 cents per mile.

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Compensation Caps - 2014 - 2022

Yesterday, we published the recently announced contractor compensation cap for calendar year 2022. Here is a listing of the caps since the cost principles were amended to apply to all employees on contracts awarded after June 24, 2014. 

Prior to that date, compensation caps applied variously to 'top five employees in management positions', and 'all employees', depending on the year and whether the contract was awarded by DoD/NASA or a civilian agency. Also, compensation caps back then were much higher, peaking at $1.1 million in 2014. If you still have contracts awarded prior to June 24, 2014, you should become very familiar with FAR 31.205-6(p).


Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Contractor Compensation Cap for 2022

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) recently published the contractor compensation cap amount for 2022. The cap, for costs incurred between January 1 and December 31, 2022 is $589,000 and applies to all employees on contracts awarded after June 24, 2014.

As a reminder, 'compensation' in this context includes wages, salary, bonuses, deferred compensation, and employer contributions to defined contribution pension plans (see FAR 31.205-6(p)(1)(i)).