(1) “Material management and accounting system (MMAS)” means the Contractor's system or systems for planning, controlling, and accounting for the acquisition, use, issuing, and disposition of material. Material management and accounting systems may be manual or automated. They may be stand-alone systems or they may be integrated with planning, engineering, estimating, purchasing, inventory, accounting, or other systems.
(2) “Valid time-phased requirements” means material that is-
(i) Needed to fulfill the production plan, including reasonable quantities for scrap, shrinkage, yield, etc.; and
(ii) Charged/billed to contracts or other cost objectives in a manner consistent with the need to fulfill the production plan.
(3) “Contractor” means a business unit as defined in section 31.001 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR).
(1) If the Contractor receives a report from the ACO that identifies any deficiencies in its MMAS, the Contractor shall respond as follows:
(i) If the Contractor agrees with the report findings and recommendations, the Contractor shall-
(A) Within 30 days (or such other date as may be mutually agreed to by the ACO and the Contractor), state its agreement in writing; and
(B) Within 60 days (or such other date as may be mutually agreed to by the ACO and the Contractor), correct the deficiencies or submit a corrective action plan showing milestones and actions to eliminate the deficiencies.
(ii) If the Contractor disagrees with the report findings and recommendations, the Contractor shall, within 30 days (or such other date as may be mutually agreed to by the ACO and the Contractor), state its rationale for each area of disagreement.
(2) The ACO will evaluate the Contractor's response and will notify the Contractor in writing of the-
(i) Determination concerning any remaining deficiencies;
(ii) Adequacy of any proposed or completed corrective action plan; and
(iii) Need for any new or revised corrective action plan.
(3) When the ACO determines the MMAS deficiencies have a material impact on Government contract costs, the ACO must reduce progress payments by an appropriate percentage based on affected costs (in accordance with FAR 32.503-6) and/or disallow costs on vouchers (in accordance with FAR 42.803) until the ACO determines that-
(i) The deficiencies are corrected; or
(ii) The amount of the impact is immaterial.
(4) If the Contractor fails to make adequate progress, the ACO must take further action. The ACO may-
(i) Elevate the issue to higher level management;
(ii) Further reduce progress payments and/or disallow costs on vouchers;
(iii) Notify the Contractor of the inadequacy of the Contractor’s cost estimating system and/or cost accounting system; and
(iv) Issue cautions to contracting activities regarding the award of future contracts.
(1) Have an adequate system description including policies, procedures, and operating instructions that comply with the FAR and Defense FAR Supplement;
(2) Ensure that costs of purchased and fabricated material charged or allocated to a contract are based on valid time-phased requirements as impacted by minimum/economic order quantity restrictions.
(i) A 98 percent bill of material accuracy and a 95 percent master production schedule accuracy are desirable as a goal in order to ensure that requirements are both valid and appropriately time-phased.
(ii) If systems have accuracy levels below these, the Contractor shall provide adequate evidence that-
(A) There is no material harm to the Government due to lower accuracy levels; and
(B) The cost to meet the accuracy goals is excessive in relation to the impact on the Government;
(3) Provide a mechanism to identify, report, and resolve system control weaknesses and manual override. Systems should identify operational exceptions such as excess/residual inventory as soon as known;
(4) Provide audit trails and maintain records (manual and those in machine readable form) necessary to evaluate system logic and to verify through transaction testing that the system is operating as desired;
(5) Establish and maintain adequate levels of record accuracy, and include reconciliation of recorded inventory quantities to physical inventory by part number on a periodic basis. A 95 percent accuracy level is desirable. If systems have an accuracy level below 95 percent, the Contractor shall provide adequate evidence that-
(i) There is no material harm to the Government due to lower accuracy levels; and
(ii) The cost to meet the accuracy goal is excessive in relation to the impact on the Government;
(6) Provide detailed descriptions of circumstances that will result in manual or system generated transfers of parts;
(7) Maintain a consistent, equitable, and unbiased logic for costing of material transactions as follows:
(i) The Contractor shall maintain and disclose written policies describing the transfer methodology and the loan/pay-back technique.
(ii) The costing methodology may be standard or actual cost, or any of the inventory costing methods in 48 CFR 9904.411-50(b). The Contractor shall maintain consistency across all contract and customer types, and from accounting period to accounting period for initial charging and transfer charging.
(iii) The system should transfer parts and associated costs within the same billing period. In the few instances where this may not be appropriate, the Contractor may accomplish the material transaction using a loan/pay-back technique. The “loan/
pay-back technique” means that the physical part is moved temporarily from the contract, but the cost of the part remains on the contract. The procedures for the loan/pay-back technique must be approved by the ACO. When the technique is used, the Contractor shall have controls to ensure-
(A) Parts are paid back expeditiously;
(B) Procedures and controls are in place to correct any overbilling that might occur;
(C) Monthly, at a minimum, identification of the borrowing contract and the date the part was borrowed; and
(D) The cost of the replacement part is charged to the borrowing contract;
(8) Where allocations from common inventory accounts are used, have controls (in addition to those in paragraphs (e)(2) and (7) of this clause) to ensure that-
(i) Reallocations and any credit due are processed no less frequently than the routine billing cycle;
(ii) Inventories retained for requirements that are not under contract are not allocated to contracts; and
(iii) Algorithms are maintained based on valid and current data;
(9) Have adequate controls to ensure that physically commingled inventories that may include material for which costs are charged or allocated to fixed-price, cost-reimbursement, and commercial contracts do not compromise requirements of any of the standards in paragraphs (e)(1) through (8) of this clause. Government-furnished material shall not be-
(i) Physically commingled with other material; or
(ii) Used on commercial work; and
(10) Be subjected to periodic internal reviews to ensure compliance with established policies and procedures.