In a case of first impression, a Court of Appeals has held that a government subcontractor’s claim for reimbursement of its actual indirect costs was time-barred.
Fluor Fed’l Solns. LLC v. PAE Applied Techs, LLC, No. 17-1468, 2018 WL 1768233 (4th Cir. Apr. 12, 2018) (per curiam) (unpublished). It is the first case to directly address the interplay between the Allowable Cost and Payment Clause of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), 48 C.F.R. § 52.216-7, and a statute of limitations. It highlights the risks government subcontractors face when they choose to wait for a Government audit rather than litigate promptly after a payment dispute arises.
This case involved a long-term subcontract and a long-delayed government audit. In 2002, Fluor and PAE entered into a federal government subcontract that ultimately spanned a 15-year performance period. The subcontract incorporated, with minor changes, the FAR Allowable Cost and Payment Clause, 48 C.F.R. § 52.216-7, found in most cost-reimbursable federal government contracts and subcontracts. That clause requires the Government (or, in this case, the prime contractor, PAE), to pay Fluor’s “anticipated final” indirect rates in accordance with the contract terms, subject to retroactive adjustments once a government audit establishes the subcontractor’s final indirect rates applicable to the contract. 48 C.F.R. § 52.216-7(e)–7(g).
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