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Join highly experienced faculty for this practical and informative 1.5-day course focusing on cost allowability, allocability, and reasonableness under the Federal Acquisition Regulation.

Some featured topics of discussion:

  • Penalties for unallowable costs are on the rise. Learn when penalties are appropriate and when they must be waived.  
  • Learn about “Gray area” costs that have proven to be a frequent source of dispute between contractors and government auditors.  
  • How does the statute of limitations affect the government’s ability to disallow costs?  
  • To what extent must contractors retain records beyond the FAR records retention requirements in order to support an untimely government audit?
Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, you will be able to:
  • Apply FAR Part 31 cost principles
  • Evaluate cost reasonableness
  • Research cost allowability
  • Identify unallowable costs
  • Recognize and avoid penalties
  • Keeping accurate records
  • Define and calculate claims accrual
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Day 1
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
La Jolla CA, Hilton Head SC
Cost Principles Overview and General Cost Principles for Contracts with Commercial Organizations, Penalties for Unallowable Costs, Record-Keeping Requirements and the Statute of Limitations
  • FAR 31.205-1, Public Relations and Advertising Costs
  • FAR 31.205-3, Bad Debts
  • FAR 31.205-4, Bonding Costs
  • FAR 31.205-6, Compensation Costs
  • FAR 31.205-7, Contingencies
  • FAR 31.205-12, Economic Planning Costs
  • FAR 31.205-13, Employee Morale, Health, Welfare, Food Service, and Dormitory Costs and Credits
  • FAR 31.205-14, Entertainment Costs
  • FAR 31.205-15, Fines, Penalties, and Mischarging Costs
  • FAR 31.205-17, Idle Facilities and Idle Capacity Costs
  • FAR 31.205-18, Independent Research and Development and Bid and Proposal Costs
  • FAR 31.205-, Deferred Research and Development Costs
  • FAR 31.205-25, Manufacturing and Production Engineering Costs
  • FAR 31.205-20, Interest and Other Financial Costs
  • FAR 31.205-21, Labor Relations Costs
  • FAR 31.205-22, Lobbying and Political Activity Costs
  • FAR 31.205-23, Losses on Other Contracts
  • FAR 31.205-24, Maintenance and Repair Costs
  • FAR 31.205-26, Material Costs
  • FAR 31.205-27, Organization Costs
  • FAR 31.205-28, Other Business Expenses
  • FAR 31.205-29, Plant Protection Costs
  • FAR 31.205-30, Patent Costs
  • FAR 31.205-32, Precontract Costs
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Day 2
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
La Jolla CA, Hilton Head SC
  • FAR 31.205-34, Recruitment Costs
  • FAR 31.205-35, Relocation Costs
  • FAR 31.205-33, Professional and Consultant Service Costs
  • FAR 31.205-47, Costs Related to Legal and Other Proceedings
  • FAR 31.205-36, Rental Costs
  • FAR 31.205-37, Royalties and Other Costs for Use of Patents
  • FAR 31.205-38, Selling Costs
  • FAR 31.205-39, Service and Warranty Costs
  • FAR 31.205-30, Special Tooling and Special Test Equipment
  • FAR 31.205-31, Taxes
  • FAR 31.205-42, Termination Costs
  • FAR 31.205-43, Trade, Business, Technical, and Professional Activity Costs
  • FAR 31.205-33, Training and Education Costs
  • FAR 31.205-46, Travel Costs
  • FAR 31.205-49, Goodwill
  • FAR 31.205-51, Costs of Alcoholic Beverages
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
All Other Locations
  • Laura Semple
    Assistant General Counsel for Amentum
    Laura A. Semple serves as Assistant General Counsel for Amentum, where she provides advice on Government contracting, employment, and corporate law issues. Ms. Semple previously worked as an associate at Smith Pachter McWhorter, PLC, where she counseled Government contractors on cost and pricing iss...
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Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge
Delivery Method: Group-Live Classroom
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