Government contracting

Government procurement in the United States is the process by which the federal government acquires goods, services (notably construction), and interests in real property. Contracts for government procurement usually involve appropriated funds spent on supplies, services, and interests in real property by and for the use of the Federal Government through purchase or lease, whether the supplies, services, or interests are already in existence or must be created, developed, demonstrated, and evaluated. See 48 C.F.R. § 2.101 ("Acquisition" defined, as to goods and services only). Federal Government contracting has the same legal elements as contracting between private parties: a lawful purpose, competent contracting parties, an offer, an acceptance that complies with the terms of the offer, mutuality of obligation, and consideration. However, Federal contracts are much more heavily regulated, subject to volumes of statutes dealing with Federal contracts and the Federal contracting process, mostly in Titles 10, 31, 40, and 41 of the United States Code.

To-Increase Government contracting for Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (D365 FO) enables manufacturers, AEC companies, and other project-based businesses to manage compliance and run their government contracting and commercial business on a single ERP platform.

Government contracting helps you ensure the timeliness and integrity of your compliance efforts while reducing their complexity and cost—directly from within D365 FO. For instance, the solution saves you time by significantly reducing the steps necessary to accurately allocate indirect costs across project budgets and estimations.

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Set up Government contracting

Manage budgets

You can budget direct and indirect costs at the organizational level.

Annual budgets can apply to either a fiscal year or calendar year. These budgets help to plan for the upcoming year and make the necessary adjustments in cash flow to cover expenses.

Annual budgets help to accurately project their future cash flows and effectively manage money.

Manage projects

The project lifecycle begins and ends in this project process, from winning new business to creating a project. Only the minimal required steps in D365 FO are covered to be able to utilize Government contracting in projects. 

Process month- and year-end

In Government contracting, the month-end processes are:

  • Calculating the actual rates
  • Creating indirect cost adjustment to project

The year-end process creates the incurred cost report. This gives some of the information that is needed to complete the Incurred Cost in Excel (ICE) file, supporting schedules using cost pool and general ledger account balances.