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1 When is a Loss a “Loss” Presented By: Tom Ruckdaschel June 26, 2012 CLEARED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE

2 2 I do not speak for the assigned Property Administrator

3 The information contained in this presentation represents only the personal views of the presenter and not necessarily those of the United States Government, DoD or DCMA. The information presented should not be construed as changing or modifying any statute, regulation, DoD or DCMA policy or guidance, or any term(s) of any contract with the United States Government or any department or agency of the United States Government. The information presented also does not affect in any way, any on-going or future property management system analysis.

4 At the end of this session, attendees will know: The regulatory definition of “loss of Government property” (FAR and DFARS ) The difference between “loss of Government property” and reasonable inventory adjustments FAR and DFARS requirements on “loss of Government property” including: Government requirements (policy/oversight) Contractor requirements (reporting & disclosure) Government’s policy on self-insurance Contractor, property administrator, and contracting officer responsibilities Learning Objectives

5 First things First What is a loss? Losses are: “…unintended, unforeseen, or accidental loss, damage or destruction of Government property that reduces the Government’s expected economic benefits of the property.” “Loss of Government Property” as defined in the Federal Acquisition Regulation , APRIL 2012 But there is much more to the story…

6 Personal Property Land PP&E Inventory/OM&S Real Property Repairables Facilities Internal Use Software Consumables Equipment Military Equipment General Purpose Equipment Structures Buildings What is Gov’t Property? Linear Assets 2017: DoD audit readiness goal! 2017

7 Assets Personal Property Land PP&E Inventory/OM&S Real Property Repairables Facilities Internal Use Software Consumables Equipment Military Equipment General Purpose Equipment Structures Buildings Government Property (cont.) Linear Distilled into four (4) types under the Federal Acquisition Regulation

8 Equipment Special Tooling Material For Repair For “Use” “Contract Property” Special Test Equip. Personal Property 1. Equipment (for use or repair) 2. Special Tooling 3. Special Test Equipment 4. Material Assets types of contract property 4

9 Equipment Special Tooling Material “Contract Property”(cont.) Special Test Equip. Personal Property Assets FAR FAR Cost Principles  Either acquired under CR contracts, or  Furnished by the Gov’t (regardless of contract type) Not talking progress or advanced payment property (yes, I know Gov’t has title during the life of the contract) Not talking progress or advanced payment property (yes, I know Gov’t has title during the life of the contract)

10 Current Regulatory Landscape Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 45-Government’s Policy Clause (June 2007, August 2010, April 2012) Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) Part 245—DoD Policy DFARS clauses: (Reporting of GFE to the DoD UID Registry)* (Tagging, Labeling and Marking of GFP) (Reporting Loss of Government Property) (Contractor Property Management System Admin.) (Reporting, Reutilization, and Disposal) Procedure, Guidance and Information * Under revision: DFARS case 2012-D001

11 The Regulatory State Federal Acquisition Regulations System (Title 48 of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)) Federal Acquisition Regulation = Chapter 1, Parts 1-99 of 48 CFR Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations = Chapter 2, Parts of 48 CFR FAR: provides uniform policies and procedures for acquisitions by executive agencies of the Federal Government Issued and maintained by (DoD), General Services Administration and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration DFARS: issued and maintained by DoD DoD specific; delegations of FAR authorities

12 Background “Contract property” losses Challenging Complex (but not complicated) Often misunderstood Many inter-connecting parts Until recently, “loss” was not defined “Losses” were just about anything; e.g., “shortages,” “variances,” destructive testing (purposeful), inventory adjustments, normal wear and tear, manufacturing defects, maintenance actions Wide swings of interpretation Result: Inconsistent reporting Inefficiency (= cost)

13 What does the FAR say?

14 What are contractors required to do? Lets look at basic requirements FAR (APRIL 2012) The Contractor shall have a system of internal controls to manage (control, use, preserve, protect, repair and maintain) Government property in its possession. A stewardship responsibility: “Contractor’s responsibility extends from the initial acquisition and receipt of property, through stewardship, custody, and use until formally relieved of responsibility by authorized means, including delivery, consumption, expending, sale (as surplus property), or other disposition, or via a completed investigation, evaluation, and final determination for lost, damaged, destroyed, or stolen property.”

15 Contractor Resp (cont.) What makes a good system? Must be “adequate”* (satisfy the requirements of FAR ) Strong management Up-to-date Strong internal controls Timelines where they make sense Clear lines of authority Outlines organizational accountability Describes methods for performing tasks Addresses (additional) contract terms and conditions *and approved under the DFARS BSR

16 Relief of Responsibility (cont.) Relief of stewardship responsibility. Contractors are granted relief when: Property is consumed or expended or otherwise accounted for, in the performance of the contract, INCLUDING reasonable inventory adjustments of material as determined by the property administrator; Property administrator grants relief of responsibility and liability for loss of Government property Notice! 1) adjustments; and 2) “loss” are broken out separately This is intentional Why? Because adjustments and “loss’ are two different things Defined differently Managed differently Reported differently

17 So then, what exactly is a Loss of Government property as opposed to a (reasonable) inventory adjustment? Let us contrast and compare

18 Losses are… We know from the previous slide that losses are: “…unintended, unforeseen, or accidental loss, damage or destruction of Government property that reduces the Government’s expected economic benefits of the property.” “Loss of Government Property” as defined in the Federal Acquisition Regulation , APRIL 2012

19 Losses are (cont.) Includes: Property that can’t be found after a reasonable search Theft Damage or destruction from unexpected incidents rendering the item useless for its intended purpose Does not include: Reasonable inventory adjustments Purposeful destruction testing Obsolescence Normal wear and tear Manufacturing defects So…we now know what a loss is/isn’t

20 Okay then, so what exactly are inventory adjustments? The better question is—what are reasonable inventory adjustments? Neither the FAR or DFARS offer a definition GOOGLE: Inventory adjustments: 27,100,000 results Reasonable inventory adjustments: 7,070,000 results

21 21 Reasonable Differences: “Losses that occur naturally as a result of shrinkage, residue from the loading process, material sinking into the ground, etc. Such losses can be expected to fluctuate, depending on the commodity, method of storage, etc.” DNSCM

22 I give you...Tom’s definition: Reasonable inventory adjustments are: “Differences between record and actual counts that are within established ranges or tolerances.”

23 Inventory Adjustments (cont.) Inventory adjustments must be reasonable Inventory adjustments must be: Reasonable (reference FAR (c) and ) Pre-defined, not upon arrival. In other words, documented in the property management procedure Posted to the accountable property record (IAW procedure); typically not “reported” to the property administrator; contractor adjust records internally—without PA approval/involvement Why…because the process should have already be documented and agreed to in the property management procedure (PA reviews adjustment mechanisms and documentation during the review) Considered “loss of GP” if not defined in the procedure (in which case, the PA must review, approve, etc.)

24 Oh, by the way… Reasonable inventory adjustments are also mentioned in FAR Part 31: FAR : “Reasonable adjustments arising from differences between periodic physical inventories and book inventories may be included in arriving at costs…” PS: “Property” is mentioned in many “FAR” off places— always look around

25 Lets take it a step further… What does the DFARS say?

26 DFARS Definition of Property Loss DFARS clause (FEBRUARY 2011) Loss of Government Property: “…unintended, unforeseen, or accidental loss, damage or destruction of Government property that reduces the Government’s expected economic benefits of the property.” Notice anything? Same definition as the FAR Both FAR and DFARS have the same definition of “Loss of Government Property” And…

27 DFARS(cont.) We see the same inclusions and exclusions: Includes: Property that can’t be found after a reasonable search, theft Damage or destruction from unexpected incidents rendering the item useless for its intended purpose Does not include: Reasonable inventory adjustments Purposeful destruction testing Obsolescence, normal wear and tear, manufacturing defects [From DFARS clause (FEBRUARY 2011)]

28 So, as you can see, both FAR and DFARS say the same thing…but, …the DFARS takes things a bit further!

29 Reporting Requirements DFARS  Paragraph (b) (1): “The contractor shall use the DCMA eTools software application for reporting loss of Government property”  Paragraph (b) (2): “Unless otherwise provided for in this contract, the requirements of paragraph (b) (1) of this clause do not apply to normal and reasonable adjustments of non- sensitive…losses of low-risk consumable material such as common hardware, etc. Such “losses” are typically a result of normal process variation.

30 “Normal Process Variation” So, what is normal process variation? Better question: what is variation(?): Variation is: “A change in data, a characteristic, or a function that is caused by one of four factors:”* 1) Special causes; 2) Common causes 3) Tampering; 4) Structural variation For today, we will cover two (2) types of variation: Common cause: chance, not assignable, natural pattern Special cause: assignable, definable, unnatural pattern Easy to distinguish Common cause: predictable; not a surprise Special cause: a surprise; not predictable *DoD LSS Green Belt Course

31 31 "Special Cause variation in a process (say, an inventory count) stems from an unusual, identifiable occurrence (like product damage from a roof leak); whereas Common Cause is natural or random variation that is inherent in the process (perhaps routine variation between different people measuring square footage, or fluctuations due to the time of day that a warehouse inventory is conducted, etc.).“ DCMA LSS office

32 Comparison of Variation Types Special causes, for example, could result from someone tripping over the shooter when the gun is fired 32 Common Causes Special Cause Common causes, for example, could result from equipment out of adjustment.

33 Is this normal variation? Source: Example for educational purposes only Pop Quiz

34 Inventory Adjustments (cont.) So, normal variation can be identified as being produced by common causes Back to the DFARS clause: The Contractor shall report losses of Government property outside normal process variation; e.g., losses due to— Theft; poor storage Lack of physical security Acts of God Why? Because these events would not likely be attributed to common causes

35 "When calculating inventory record accuracy, it is necessary to define what will be considered an error. An error can be defined in various ways, including (1) any error in the item record, such as location, description, and quantity or (2) quantity errors exceeding established tolerances. Tolerance is a range within which an actual value or quantity can disagree with the inventory record and still be considered accurate for the purposes of calculating inventory record accuracy." Executive Guide: Best Practices in Achieving Consistent, Accurate Physical Counts of Inventory and Related Property GAO G (March 2002)

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37 What About FAR Reporting Requirements? FAR reporting requirements [ (f) (vi) (A)]: “Unless otherwise directed by the Property Administrator, the contractor shall investigate and promptly furnish…a written narrative of all incidents of loss damage, destruction, or theft, as soon as the facts become known or when requested by the Government.” You will notice—the FAR does not say: “… unless otherwise directed by the Property Administrator, the contractor shall investigate and report to the Government all incidents of inventory adjustments.” Why? Another pop quiz!

38 Reporting Requirements (cont.) Why? Because losses and adjustments are two different things As we said earlier…contractors are granted relief when: Property is consumed or expended or otherwise accounted for, in the performance of the contract, INCLUDING reasonable inventory adjustments of material as determined by the property administrator Bottom Line: Both FAR and DFARS language deliberately distinguishes between losses and adjustments And so should you!

39 PA Responsibilities So what happens in a real “loss of Government Property” situation First Review: the contract (The Gov’t generally self-insures, but be mindful of unique contract terms and conditions) Second: Examine: facts and circumstances Third Determine casualty; nexus to the contractor’s property system; is a deficiency involved(?) Appropriateness and effectiveness of corrective actions Relieve contractor of responsibility and liability or recommend the Contracting Officer hold contractor responsible/liable

40 What if the loss occurred at a sub? The FAR is “blind” to where the loss occurred The prime contractor is responsible for its subs The contract terms and conditions for liability are between Government and prime contractor “Where” does not matter to the FAR; what matters is who signed the contract; i.e., who is accountable However… The prime is required to flow down to its subs the “appropriate” risk of loss provision If the prime flowed down full risk of loss and held its subcontractor financially responsible, the Government would be entitled to the monies received (“otherwise reimbursed”)

41 CO Responsibilities Assuming the PA recommends the contractor be held responsible and liable Review the PA’s recommendations Determine: The extent of contractor responsibility and liability Intrinsic value of the property (PAs can assist here!) Is the property still needed for contract performance (?) If damaged, can the property be repaired (?) Appropriate form of recovery Repair Replace Other; i.e., financial restitution

42 Contracting Officer Resp. Review PA’s recommendation Determine: Extent of contractor liability—what does the contract say? “Intrinsic” value (value to the owner) Dynalectron Corp vs. U.S. (ASBCA No 29,831; 85-3 BCA para 18,320) Appropriate form and method of recovery Repair Replace Other ($) Make the call Inform contractor

43 Liability Policy The Government generally self insures against property loss- “The magnitude of the government’s resources obviously makes it more advantageous for the Government to carry its own risks than to shift them to private insurers at rates sufficient to cover all costs, to pay their operating expenses, including agency of broker’s commissions, and to leave such insurers a profit.” (19 Comp. Gen 211, 214 (1939)) The FAR provides basic policy at FAR

44 GP is Lost or destroyed. Government STILL has a current or probable Future need. LIABILITY VALUATION: REPLACEMENT GP is Lost or destroyed. Government has NO current or probable Future need. LIABILITY VALUATION: SCRAP VALUE GP is damaged Government still has a current or probable Future need. VALUATION: REPAIR GP is damaged Government has NO current or probable Future need. VALUATION: SALVAGE Intrinsic Value

45 Bottom Line/Take Aways So now we know what losses are-- Reasonable inventory adjustments are not losses Loss of Government property are not (cannot be) reasonable inventory adjustments Reasonableness must be pre-determined—not upon arrival LOSSES always apply to Equipment, Special Tooling or Special Test Equipment –and high-risk ; i.e., sensitive property Inventory adjustments NEVER apply to Equipment, Special Tooling or Special Test Equipment LOSSES sometimes apply to Material—but not always Why is all this important?? Your turn!

46 Summary Conclusions It’s important to stress that the concepts presented here are general guidelines Individual circumstances will vary Is the contractor’s system adequate/approved? Does it have significant deficiencies? Is sensitive property involved? Much preparation needs to go into ensuring these guidelines apply None of this happens “upon arrival” Property administrator must agree Collaboration is key

47 ANY QUESTIONS?


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