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Darth DFAS arrives at 123 Easy, Inc. for a site visit. Hi, I am Darth DFAS and I’m here to review your indirect cost rate proposal. Please Darth! Don’t question any costs!. We will have no problem as long as you have followed the FAR. What is the FAR?. What! You don’t know about the FAR?.

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    1. Darth DFAS arrives at 123 Easy, Inc. for a site visit

    2. Hi, I am Darth DFAS and I’m here to review your indirect cost rate proposal.

    3. Please Darth! Don’t question any costs!

    4. We will have no problem as long as you have followed the FAR.

    5. What is the FAR?

    6. What! You don’t know about the FAR?

    7. Let me show you the dark side of the FAR!

    8. Indirect Costs/Audits Ruth Bishop NIH Division of Financial Advisory Services

    9. WHAT ARE INDIRECT COST RATES???? • Indirect Cost Pool-How Deep? • Indirect Cost Base-How Large? • Indirect Cost Rate-How High?

    10. AGENDA • Who Are We- Indirect Cost Branch • Definitions • Why Indirect Cost Rates Are Needed; Including An Example • The Negotiation Process; Including How To Start The Process

    11. INDIRECT COST BRANCH • The Office At NIH With The Responsibility Of Negotiating INDIRECT COST RATES With COMMERCIAL ORGANIZATIONS Receiving Awards (Grants & Contracts) With DHHS • SBIR & STTR

    12. TYPES OF COSTS • DIRECT COSTS: Easily Identified With A Specific Project: • Direct Salaries & Wages • Materials & Supplies • Consultants & Subcontracts

    13. TYPES OF COSTS • INDIRECT COSTS: Not Easily Identified With A Specific Project • Fringe Benefits • Overhead • G&A

    14. FRINGE BENEFITS • Allowances And Services Provided To Employees • Pd Abs (Vacation, Holiday & Sick Leave) • Payroll Taxes • Pension Plan • Group Ins (Health, Life & Disability)

    15. OVERHEAD COSTS • Indirect Costs Relating To The Performance Of A Project • Overhead Labor (e.g.; supervision, general meetings) • Fringes On Overhead Labor • Facility Costs & Depreciation • General Lab Supplies

    16. G&A COSTS • Indirect Costs Associated With The Overall Management Of The Company • Executive & Administrative Labor • Fringe Benefits On G&A Labor • Professional Fees (CPA) • Office Supplies

    17. FAR 31.2FEDERAL ACQUISITION REGULATIONS • FAR – COST PRINCIPLES APPLICABLE TO COMMERCIAL ORGANIZATIONS • AUDITORS’ “BIBLE” TO DETERMINE IF COSTS ARE: • ALLOWABLE • ALLOCABLE • REASONABLE

    18. IDC RATES ARE NEEDED • To Provide A Uniform Method • Funding Indirect Costs • Charging Indirect Costs • To Provide An Equitable Allocation Of Indirect Costs Across All Projects

    19. INDIRECT COST RATE • A Method For Allocating Indirect Costs To Projects • Ratio Between Indirect Costs (Pool)And An Equitable Base

    20. TYPES OF RATES • Three Types Of Rates • Provisional Rates • Based On Projections For Current FY • Used For Funding & Charging • Final Rates • Based On Actual Costs • Charges Adjusted To Reflect Final Rates • Ceiling Rates • Final Rates Cannot Exceed

    21. INDIRECT COST RATE SYSTEMS • One Tier System: One Pool • Fringe Benefits, Overhead & G&A • Two Tier System: Two Pools - Typically • Fringe Benefits • Indirect (Overhead and G&A)

    22. INDIRECT COST RATE SYSTEMS • Three Tier System: Three Pools • Fringe Benefits • Overhead • G&A

    23. NEGOTIATION PROCESS • CONTACT INDIRECT COST BRANCH-RUTH BISHOP: • When: Notification Grant/Contract Is Going To Be Awarded • How: Via • E-Mail: rb17i@nih.gov • Fax: 301/402-7180

    24. NEGOTIATION PROCESS • Information Needed: • Representative Name & E-Mail Address • Company Name & Address • Grant/Contract Number • Grant/Contract Specialist’s Name

    25. NEGOTIATION PROCESS • Indirect Cost Branch Requests Indirect Cost Proposal: • Letter: Via E-mail

    26. NEGOTIATION PROCESS • Indirect Cost Proposal Submitted • Indirect Cost Branch Reviews Proposal • Indirect Cost Branch Follows-up With Questions To Company

    27. RATES ARE NEGOTIATED • POOL: We Want POOL SHALLOW; Company Wants POOL DEEP • BASE: We Want BASE LARGE; Company Wants BASE SMALL • RATE: We Want RATE LOW; Company Wants RATE HIGH

    28. NEGOTIATION PROCESS • NEGOTIATES RATES WITH COMPANY • Typically By Phone • Rate Agreement Is Issued

    29. FINALLY • WE ARE DONE! • NOW THAT WAS NOT SO BAD! • WAS IT? • GUESS WHAT? • WE ARE GOING TO DO IT AGAIN NEXT YEAR!

    30. SBIR • PHASE I - If GRANTEE DOES NOT HAVE A NEGOTIATED RATE; INDIRECT COSTS FUNDED AND CHARGED CANNOT EXCEED 40% OF TOTAL DIRECT COSTS (NO EXCLUSIONS)

    31. SBIR • PHASE II - IF PROPOSED INDIRECT COSTS ARE 25% OR LESS OF TOTAL DIRECT COSTS (NO EXCLUSIONS), GRANTEE DOES NOT NEED TO PROVIDE SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION THE 25% SHOULD NOT BE USED TO FUND PHASE II GRANTS UNLESS PROPOSED BY GRANTEE-NOT A TEMPORARY RATE

    32. WEB SITES http://oamp.od.nih.gov/dfas/dfas_links.asp http://www.arnet.gov/far/

    33. May the FAR be with you!