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My company recently won an OTA worth Approximately 45M as a non-traditional defense contractor. A non-traditional defense contractor is defined by statute as “an entity that is not currently performing and has not performed, for at least the one-year period preceding the solicitation sources by the Department of Defense for the procurement or transaction, any contract or subcontract for the Department of Defense that is subject to the full coverage under the cost accounting standards (CAS) prescribed pursuant to Section 1502 of title 41 and the regulations implementing such section.”

The award did not include any language regarding CAS coverage. My understanding is that a CAS covered contract means any negotiated contract or subcontract in which a CAS clause is required to be included. 48 CFR § 9903.301. I know the normal rules of the FAR acquisition process do not apply to OTAs. My question is does the contract count as a CAS covered contract and therefore the $45M would need to be counted against possible future awards and my company's status as a non-traditional defense contractor? Once again, there is no CAS clause in the contract. We are not a small business due to affiliation rules but are run separately from our parent company and affiliates due to our security clearance status. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. 



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22 hours ago, JackSparrow said:

The award did not include any language regarding CAS coverage.

Jack, I don't see how anyone could successfully argue that your firm had a previous CAS covered contract when there is no requirement for CAS in the OTA.

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To clarify, the definition of nontraditional defense contractor does not turn on the dollar value of CAS-covered contract awards it has received. It turns on whether the contractor has, or has previously had in the past year, a contract subject to Full CAS coverage. Or the entity can be a small business.

You might think that no contractor would voluntarily choose to become subject to Full CAS coverage unless it had to ($50 million in CAS-covered awards), but it turns out that an entity has to elect Modified CAS coverage, and many fail to correctly execute the CAS Representation/Certification in Section K of the solicitation. Thus, their contract becomes subject to Full coverage by default. Oops!

Hope this helps.

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