Incurred Cost Submission

Does your organization have contracts containing FAR 52.216-7 Allowable Cost and Payment?  If so, an annual Final Indirect Cost Rate Proposal, more commonly referred to as the Incurred Cost Proposal (ICP) or Incurred Cost Submission (ICS) is required.  We work with numerous companies to develop, assist with, or review final indirect cost submissions.  

What is Incurred Cost Submission?

 An incurred cost submission determines the final actual indirect cost rates that contractors incur during their fiscal year. These final rates determine whether the contractor owes the government (or higher tier sub) or the government (or higher tier sub) owes the contractor. 

When Must the Incurred Cost Submission be Submitted?

The requirement to submit a FAR Incurred Cost Submission is contained in FAR clause 52.216-7(d)(2)(i) – Allowable Cost and Payment, which states, “The contractor shall submit an adequate final indirect cost rate proposal to the contracting officer (or cognizant federal agency official) and auditor within the 6-month period following the expiration of each of its fiscal years.” This means the date is June 30th for contractors with a calendar fiscal year end of December 31.

Incurred Cost Submission Training

Capital Edge provides incurred cost submission training to Federal contractors. We provide preparation for the ICS audit, review and recommendations, audit management and audit response. Our Government contract consultants provide an overview of the submission process, helping with everything ICS related.

To learn more about our incurred cost submission training, contact us today.


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Tips to Prep for the Audit While You Prepare a FAR Incurred Cost Submission (ICS)

Incurred Cost Audit Preparation
  1. Documentation is critical for a successful Incurred Cost audit outcome.
  2. Spread the knowledge wealth.  Continuity is essential as there will likely be a lag in time between submission and an audit of the incurred cost proposal.
  3. Prepare supplemental schedules, even though they are not required for a submission to be deemed adequate by DCAA.
  4. Keep a “working copy of the incurred cost proposal.  This version of the file should be fully linked and contain all completed supplemental schedules.  It will prove invaluable during the incurred cost audit.
  5. Understand audit expectations. Clear communication and setting of expectations at the beginning of an audit can smooth the process.

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Latest Questions Being Asked About FAR Incurred Cost Submission

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) has not published the 2020 compensation cap amounts.  However, the OFPP did post the formula to be used to calculate the cap.  The cap has also been released by DCAA in MRD 20-PSP-004(R) dated August 20, 2020.

  • 1/1/22 – 12/31/22: $589,000
  • 1/1/21 – 12/31/21: $568,000
  • 1/1/20 – 12/31/20: $555,000
  • 1/1/19 – 12/31/19: $540,000

Cap is for contracts awarded after June 24, 2014.

No, the DCAA ICE Model is not required, however the required information that it contains is.  Contractors have the ability to submit using their own format or template with the same required information.

The statute of limitations for an ICS is 6 years and the clock begins upon submission.

An incurred cost proposal or incurred cost submission is required for Federal contractors who have flexibly priced contracts or subcontracts containing FAR 52.216-7 – Allowable Cost and Payment clause.

The DCAA Incurred Cost Submission Adequacy Checklist is can be found here on the DCAA website.

An incurred cost proposal or ICS is required for Federal contractors who have flexibly priced contracts or subcontracts containing FAR 52.216-7 – Allowable Cost and Payment clause.  It is due within 6 months following the end of the contractor’s fiscal year.  For most contractors with a December 31 fiscal year end, the submission is due the following June 30th.

The incurred cost audit can occur anytime after the ICS is submitted.  Typically, the audit happens months to years after submission. 

Given this delay related to incurred cost audits, it is important to ensure that the data supporting the ICS is organized and available when the audit starts.  Check out this video to learn best practices for preparing for the incurred cost audit while preparing the ICS.

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