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1 Government Property: The New Hot Button
Robby Ragos CPPA

2 This Presentation Will Cover
What is Government Property? 5 Classifications of GP Importance of having an approved Property Management System Frequency of a Property Management System Audit (PMSA) Relevant GP FAR and DFARS Clauses

3 DFARS 252.211-7007 Reporting GFE in the DoD IUID Registry

4 Could there be a problem?
Scenario Joe Snuffy the engineer works at Sikorsky He uses special test equipment (STE) and special tooling (ST) to work on DoD helicopters Joe then gets assigned to work on a commercial contract, and uses the same STE and ST he used on DoD work Could there be a problem?

5 Used tools on a separate contract.
YES! The USG pays for those tools to be used on that contract, and that contract alone. Raytheon was charged $18 million by the USAF for working on commercial products Used tools on a separate contract.

6 What is Government Property?
I’m often asked “What exactly is GFE, or GFP, or CAP, etc?” Good question!!

7 What are the requirements to call something Government property?
FAR States:"Government Property means all property 1. OWNED or 2. LEASED to the Government. Government property includes both Government-furnished and Contractor-acquired Property.”

8 DEFINITIONS Government Furnished Property
means property in the possession of, or directly acquired by, the Government and subsequently furnished to the contractor for performance of a contract. TITLE ALWAYS VESTS IN GOVERNMENT

9 Contractor Acquired Property (CAP)
means property acquired, fabricated, or otherwise provided by the contractor for performing a contract and to which the Government has title. NOTE: So when you get right down to it…There is either GFP or CAP!!!

10 To give a general illustration:
GFE (Government Furnished Equipment) Items such as those used for testing and evaluation. (All gadgets and widgets engineers use!) GFM (Government Furnished Material) Consumable materials are expected to be consumed or expended during performance. Once consumed, it’s gone. GFP (Government Furnished Property) regardless of “stuff” being materials or tools, it’s all the same!

11 Government Property 1.“Stuff” the Government owns.
Items to which the Government has clear TITLE Title evidencing the issue of OWNERSHIP. Made available to the Contractor for use or consumption in the performance of the contract.

12 Government Property 2.“Stuff” the Government LEASES.
The Government leases and then provides/furnishes to the contractor for use (NOT consumption) . Even though it’s LEASED, it’s still GP!.

13 “Wait, the Government doesn’t have title to that stuff while leasing
“Wait, the Government doesn’t have title to that stuff while leasing. How can you say it is Government property?”

14 The Government wants the contractor to MANAGE, CONTROL AND PROTECT that “stuff” in the same fashion as Government property. If you loaned me a lawn mower to cut my grass, you would want me to take care of that item as if it were my own, right? Of course!!!!

15 Why? Because, the Government has a responsibility to return it to the leasing company.

16 Was this managed and controlled properly?
Speaking of Management and Control….. Was this managed and controlled properly?

17 Classes of Government Property

18 Material Does not include equipment, ST, or STE
Consumed, expended, and incorporated Uses a percentage of the remaining balance Nuts, bolts, screws, washers, batteries, gas, silver, paint

19 Special Tooling Jigs, dies, fixtures, molds, gauges…Specialized nature
Used to the performance of particular services

20 Special Test Equipment
FAR “either single or multipurpose integrated test units engineered, designed, fabricated, or modified to accomplish special purpose testing in performing a contract…”

21 Equipment …tangible asset that is functionally complete for its intended purpose, durable, nonexpendable, and needed for the performance of a contract.”

22 Real Property Land, rights in land (Mineral rights or riparian rights, ground improvements), sidewalks, utility distribution systems, and buildings. Pretty simple, right?

23 So why should I be concerned with having an adequate property system and stay in compliance with DCMA regulations?

24 DFARS 252.245-7005 (FEB 2012) (d) Significant deficiencies
(e)…the Contracting Officer will withhold 5% of amounts due from progress payments and performance-based payments… …direct contractor to withhold 5% from its billings on interim cost vouchers on CR, labor-hour, T&M until the CO has determined that the Ktr has corrected…

25 Don’t panic! Steps need to take place before withholds start happening

26 6 Business Systems 6 Business Systems:
The USG expects that every responsible contractor has 6 Business Systems that are competent and auditable to be compliant and do business. 6 Business Systems: Material Management and Accounting ( ) Cost Estimating ( ) Earned Value ( ) Contractor Purchasing ( ) Accounting ( ) Contractor Property Management System ( )

27 Importance of an Approved/Adequate Property System
If the Government revokes assumption of risk, Contractor is accountable and financially liable for ALL lost, damaged, destroyed or stolen property, at FULL cost to the contractor. VERY Time Consuming and VERY COSTLY !

28 How often does an audit occur?

29 Authority to Audit The FAR GP Clause (g) provides us detailed guidance as to the Government’s authorities and the contractor’s responsibilities in regard to a PMSA (Property Management System Audit). It says…..

30 Authority to Audit The Government shall have access to the contractor’s premises and all Government property, AT REASONABLE TIMES, for the purposes of reviewing, inspecting and evaluating the Contractor’s property management plan(s), systems, procedures, records, and supporting documentation that pertains to Gov’t property….. What constitutes reasonable?

31 Authority to Audit (g) Systems analysis.
(2) Records of Government property shall be readily available (Upon request) to authorized Government personnel and shall be appropriately safeguarded.

32 Requirements for Performing Audits
FAR address the GOVERNMENT’S REQUIREMENT to audit the contractor. FAR addresses the CONTRACTOR’S REQUIREMENT to assess their PMS. How frequently SHALL a Government PA perform a PMS audit?? IT DEPENDS!!

33 Frequency of PMSA The Risk Assessment and Rating affect how FREQUENTLY the Government PA will perform a PMSA: The type of PMSA they will perform, The Processes subject to review if a PMSA is performed

34 Levels of Risk High Risk.  Perform a Standard PMSA at least annually until such time as the contractor improves to at least the moderate risk level and the PA determines that the status of the contractor's system justifies a reduced level of oversight. Moderate Risk.  Perform a Standard, Limited PMSA or site visit as frequently as conditions warrant, but at least once every two years.  Low Risk.  Perform a Standard, Limited PMSA or site visit as frequently as conditions warrant, but at least once every three years. 

35 Frequency of PMSA Criteria for assignment of a risk category may include: Dollar value of Government Property accountable to that contractor (Higher value, higher risk). Historical occurrences of Loss, Theft, Damage, or Destruction. Physical inventory adjustments Unauthorized use of Government Property(Scenario 1!)

36 Processes and Outcomes
The primary Government Property Clause at requires the Contractor to develop property management plans, systems, and procedures at the contract, program, site or entity level to enable the ten outcomes/ processes (listed i to x): Acquisition of Property Receiving of Government Property Records Physical Inventory Subcontractor Control Reports

37 Processes and Outcomes
Relief of Stewardship Responsibility (Liability) Disposition Cannibalization Shipping Utilization Storage Consumption of Material Movement Maintenance Property Closeout

38 Acquisition Far (f) (i) Acquisition of Property. The Contractor shall document that all property was acquired consistent with its engineering, production planning, and material control operations. Is the Ktr following the PROCESS for managing the ACQUISITION of PROPERTY that IS or BECOMES Government Property??

39 Receiving Far (f) Are you adjusting for overages, shortages, damages/discrepancies discovered upon receipt? How are you handling hazardous materials? Properly qualified personnel handling it? Are you properly documenting all incoming deliveries?

40 Records FAR (f) Records of Government Property. The Contractor shall create and maintain records of ALL Government property accountable to the contract, including Government-furnished and Contractor-acquired property. Regardless of $$ value!!!

41 Physical Inventory Physically locating and counting Government property? Comparing the results to the records? Posting the findings and adjustments? Reporting the adjustments to the PA (ND and DCMA)?

42 Subcontractor Control
Important!!! The flow down of proper clauses, provisions, and requirements, e.g., the requirements of the GP Clause FAR Proper liability provisions- either the FULL risk of loss or the LIMITED risk of loss requirements depending upon the type of contract, listings of GFP, etc. The adequacy of the prime contractor’s system of surveillance incorporated in its PMS and applied throughout the life of the subcontract.

43 Relief Stewardship (Liability)
Disposition LTDD(Loss, Theft, Damage, Destruction) incidents been reported IAW ? Cannibalization-NOT the eating of human flesh Shipping Proper paperwork documented? (DD Form 1149)

44 Utilization Storage Consumption-materials Movement
GP separate from NON GP?? Adequate facilities? (Temperature, size, security, labeled, etc.) Consumption-materials Disclose and report if in excess of contract performance? Movement Contractor moving GP that is authorized only under the contract it’s authorized for?

45 Maintenance Identification, disclosure, and performance of normal and routine preventative maintenance and repair? Disclosure and report to the Property Administrator the need for replacement and/or capital rehabilitation See the difference?

46 Property Closeout Reporting, investigating, and securing closure of all LTDD (Loss, Theft, Damage, and Destruction) cases. Physically inventorying all property upon termination or completion of the contract. Disposing of items at the time they are determined to be excess to contractual needs.

47 Relevant FAR Property Clauses
(e) Ktr must have adequate systems Cost Accounting Standards (disclosure statements) , -3 &-4 Determining reasonableness, allowability and allocability 45.104&107 Which property clause to use Subcontracts (ACO approval requirements to subcontract)

48 Relevant FAR Property Clauses
Limited risk of loss Alt 1 Use and charges

49 Relevant DFARS Property Clauses
When to use DFARS property clauses Reporting GFE in the DoD IUID Registry (JANUARY 2014!!!!) Word Document Tagging, labeling, and Marking of GFP Reporting Loss of GFP Contractor PMS Administration Reporting, Reutilization, and Disposal Material Management and Accounting System

50 Was this movement done with “law & regs” in mind?

51 Questions????

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