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Uncompensated Overtime - A DCAA Hot Button

Posted by Tyler Link on Wed, Feb 05, 2014 @ 12:53 PM

One question we always get is how to account for uncompensated overtime. Almost every small business has at least one employee working gazillion hours over a standard 40-hour work week. The DCAA considers these hours "at work labor." They want these hours captured in the name of treating all contractors accounting and pricing systems equitably and consistently.

Not addressing this issue successfully now poses a huge risk since DCAA auditors have no wiggle room in overlooking it as a minor problem. Any deficiency in your accounting system will likely lead to a failing grade, according to the latest DCAA guidance to its auditors (see previous article). This could prevent you from obtaining lucrative flexibly-priced contracts or fixed price contracts financed through progress payments.

The DCAA way
The basic DCAA audit guidance for addressing uncompensated overtime is very simple and straight-forward. They will divide your yearly salary by all the hours you worked and used for personal time off. This results in your "effective" billing rate. The DCAA expects you to adjust your rate in your accounting system each pay period to reflect this effective rate. The drawback to this system is contractors have to make these adjustments in their accounting system every pay period. It also artificially reduces your hourly rate. The DCAA will use this lower rate when evaluating any proposal you have submitted to the government or a prime.

A better way
The DCAA guidance does recognize other methods as being suitably fair and consistent. One approach lets you use your existing timekeeping system to segregate your "extra effort" hours, dollarize those hours, and direct those dollars to the appropriate place on your balance sheet as a liability, similar to how you might already treat regular accrued wages. Periodically, you can bring those dollars back to the income statement as a credit expense in an indirect pool. This reduces your pool costs, which gives the government credit for your extra work. You also won't have to adjust your billing rates in your accounting system or for proposals.

Everyone's happy, even the DCAA. That's what life's all about for government contractors, right?

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Topics: DCAA compliance, government cost accounting, DCAA audit, uncompensated overtime dcaa, uncompensated overtime

It's September, do you know where your indirect rates are?

Posted by Mike Anderson on Tue, Aug 24, 2010 @ 05:05 PM

Many of you may remember the TV commercial many years back where the announcer said "Its 10:00pm.  Do you know where your children are?".  The idea was to focus parents attention on their children in the formative ages.  The same might be said right now to government contractors: "It's September, do you know where your indirect rates are?".  The parallels here are astounding.  The premise on the parenting message is that if you as a parent don't know what your children are doing at this hour of the day, you may have a nasty surprise when they get caught.  In the government contracting world there could be similar consequences.  For instance, if your rates are not following your approved rates you could be faced with giving the government some money back at the end of the year or the end of the contract.  If you did know where your rates were, how would that change anything you say?  Well, if your rates are running too low, there is still time left in the year to spend the indirect money that was originally budgeted in order to bring the rates back into line before the end of the year.  The longer you wait, just like postponing writing that term paper, the more difficult this will be to bring your rates back into line.  Now is a good time to look at your indirect rates, compare them to your approved billing rates and take action to prevent unpleasant surprises at the end of the year.
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Topics: Indirect billing rates, DCAA accounting, government cost accounting

Peace on Earth

Posted by Mike Anderson on Thu, Dec 24, 2009 @ 02:34 PM

Happy Holidays to everyone from all of us here at Tech BizSolutions. 

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Topics: business consultants, Tech BizSolutions, government cost accounting

DCAA Compliance: "Pay me now or Pay me later"

Posted by Mike Anderson on Wed, Dec 02, 2009 @ 04:02 AM

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Topics: DCAA compliance, DCAA accounting, government cost accounting

Happy Thanksgiving from TechBiz Solutions

Posted by Mike Anderson on Wed, Nov 25, 2009 @ 01:23 PM

Sometimes we forget the real meaning of the Thanksgiving holiday.  At the risk of sounding like an actor that has not rehearsed his acceptance speech when receiving an Academy Award, here is an incomplete list at best.

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Topics: business consultants, DCAA accounting, government cost accounting, DCAA guidance