INCURRED COST PROPOSALS
Incurred Cost Submission and DCAA ICE Audits
Our experts have helped hundreds of contractors prepare thousands of incurred cost submissions (DCAA ICE submissions), and can help your small business prepare and submit yours at an affordable cost.As a reminder, your incurred cost proposal (*ICP/ICE) is required per contract clause FAR 52.216-7 Allowable Cost and Payment. Paragraph (d)(2) of the clause specifies this proposal is due to the Contracting Officer (or cognizant Federal Agency official) and auditor within six months following the expiration of a contractor’s fiscal year. Paragraph (d)(2) also articulates the mandatory and discretionary data to be submitted.
What is an Incurred Cost Proposal and Does My Business Need to Submit One?Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) clause 52.216-7 requires government contractors to submit their annual indirect cost rates six months after the end of their fiscal year; known as the Incurred Cost Proposal (ICP), or “Incurred Cost Submission”, which is also commonly referred to as the “DCAA ICE Submission” (ICE is the acronym for the DCAA’s Incurred Cost Proposal “Electronic” Model). If your company had a cost type contract, or a time and materials (T&M) contract during the year, you will be required to submit your Incurred Cost Proposal/DCAA ICE (as mentioned above).
Why do I need to Submit an Incurred Cost Proposal?Cost type and T&M contracts are required to have an ICP because a government contractor uses their provisional billing rates to determine the indirect cost rates that they can charge the Federal Government throughout the fiscal year. Throughout the year (and in this process), because estimated budget amounts are used to calculate the company’s provisional rates, the actual rates are often going to be different from the estimates made throughout the year. Thus, the purpose of the Incurred Cost Proposal is to “true up” the actual indirect costs to the indirect costs that were provisionally billed throughout the year (i.e. the Government wants to make sure they are paying their fair share of your indirect costs, and not a penny more). When the contractor then submits the ICE/their incurred cost proposal, this determines their (final) actual indirect cost rates incurred. These rates are then compared to what was billed, and the contractor may end up owing the government money to “settle” the contract for the year (the government may also owe YOU money, so there is another incentive beyond compliance).
To learn more about preparing and submitting your ICP / ICE, visit the following pages:
How To Start an Incurred Cost Proposal
It’s never too early to get a head start! There are a number of ways you can be proactive:
- Call ReliAscent® today at 303-999-3808 (or email our Marketing & Sales Manager at tlink<at>techapps.com).
- Download and review any of our free ICE checklists and white papers found on our ICE and White Papers library.
- Send us an email that includes some basic information: your company's size, number of employees, number of government jobs and type of contracts, the type of accounting software you use, whether or not you did provisional rates last year, and the type of rate structure you've used in the past (1, 2 or 3 rate system).
Check out ReliAscent's ICE Submission Video, and our library of other DCAA and government contracting videos on our YouTube Page!