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subpart 249.1--general principles

(Revised June 27, 2000)



 249.105 Duties of termination contracting officer after issuance of notice of termination.
 249.105-1 Termination status report.
 249.105-2 Release of excess funds.
 249.106 Fraud or other criminal conduct.
 249.108 Settlement of subcontract settlement proposals.
 249.108-4 Authorization for subcontract settlements without approval or ratification.
 249.109 Settlement agreements.
 249.109-7 Settlement by determination.
 249.110 Negotiation memorandum.

249.105  Duties of termination contracting officer after issuance of notice of termination.


249.105-1  Termination status report.

When the contract administration office receives a termination notice, it will, under Report Control Symbol DD-AT&L(AR)1411—


      (i)  Prepare a DD Form 1598, Contract Termination Status Report;


      (ii)  Within 30 days, send one copy to the purchasing office and one copy to the headquarters office to which the contract administration office is directly responsible;


      (iii)  Continue reporting semiannually to cover the six month periods ending March and September.  The semiannual reports must be submitted within 30 days after the end of the reporting period; and


      (iv)  Submit a final report within 30 days after closing the termination case.


249.105-2  Release of excess funds.

The DD Form 1598, Contract Termination Status Report, may be used to recommend the release of excess funds.  The final recommendation to release excess funds should include the appropriations and allocated amounts.


249.106  Fraud or other criminal conduct.

If the TCO suspects fraud or other criminal conduct, the TCO must report the facts in accordance with the procedures at 209.406-3 or 209.407-3.


249.108  Settlement of subcontract settlement proposals.


249.108-4  Authorization for subcontract settlements without approval or ratification.


      (a)(1)(ii)  Industrial plant equipment included in the inventory—


                          (1)  Is subject to the screening requirements in FAR 45.608.


                          (2)  Shall not be disposed of until screening is completed when the cost of that equipment is used in determining the amount of the claim.


249.109  Settlement agreements.


249.109-7  Settlement by determination.


      (a)(i)  Use a Standard Form 30 (SF 30), Amendment of Solicitation/Modification of Contract, to settle a convenience termination by determination—


                    (A)  When the contractor has lost its right of appeal because it failed to submit a timely settlement proposal; and


                    (B)  To confirm the determination when the contractor does not appeal the termination contracting officer's decision.


              (ii)  The effective date of the SF 30 shall be the same as the date of the letter of determination.  Do not assign a supplementary procurement instrument number to the letter of determination.  Send a copy of the SF 30 to the contractor by certified mail return receipt requested.


249.110  Negotiation memorandum.


      (a)(i)  Fixed price contracts.  Use the format in Table 49-1, Settlement Memorandum-Fixed Price Contracts, for the termination contracting officer's settlement memorandum for fixed price contracts terminated for the convenience of the Government.  Encourage contractors and subcontractors to use this format, appropriately modified, for subcontract settlements submitted for review and approval.


              (ii)  Cost-reimbursement contracts.  Use Part I of the format in Table 49-1 and Part II of the format in Table 49-2, Settlement Memorandum for Cost-Reimbursement Contracts, for the termination contracting officer's settlement memorandum for cost-reimbursement contracts:





1.  Identification.  (Identify memorandum as to its purpose and content.)


      a.  Name and address of the contractor.  Comment on any pertinent affiliation between prime and subcontractors relative to the overall settlement.


      b.  Names and titles of both contractor and Government personnel who participated in the negotiation.


2.  Description of terminated contract.


      a.  Date of contract and contract number.


      b.  Type of contract (e.g., fixed price, fixed price incentive).


      c.  General description of contract items.


      d.  Total contract price.


      e.  Furnish reference to the contract termination clauses (cite FAR/DFARS designation or other special provisions).


3.  Termination notice.


      a.  Reference termination notice and state effective date of termination.


      b.  Scope and nature of termination (complete or partial), items terminated, unit price and total price of items terminated.


      c.  State whether termination notice was amended, and explain any amendment.


      d.  State whether contractor stopped work on effective termination date.  If not, furnish details.


      e.  State whether the contractor promptly terminated subcontracts.


      f.  Statement as to the diversion of common items and return of goods to suppliers, if any.


      g.  Furnish information as to contract performance and timeliness of deliveries by the contractor.


4.  Contractor's settlement proposal.


      a.  Date and amount.  Indicate date and location where claim was filed.  State gross amount of claim.  (If interim settlement proposals were filed, furnished information for each claim.)


      b.  Basis of claim.  State whether claim was filed on inventory, total cost or other basis.  Explain rationale for approval when claim is filed on other than inventory basis.


      c.  Examination of proposal.  State type of reviews made and by whom (audit, engineering, legal, or other).





Prepare a summary substantially as follows:






Contractor's Proposal


Dollars Accepted


Costs Questioned


Unresolved Items

TCO Negotiated Amount


1.  Contractor's costs as set forth on settlement proposal.  Metals, raw materials, etc.


2.  Profit

3.  Settlement expenses

4.  Total

5.  Settlement with subs

6.  Acceptable finished product

7.  Gross Total

8.  Disposal and other credits

9.  Net settlement

10.  Partial progress & advance payments

11.  Net payments requested










1.  Contractor's cost.


      a.  If the settlement was negotiated on the basis of individual items, specify the factors and consideration for each item.


      b.  In the case of a lump sum settlement, comment on the general basis for and major factors concerning each element of cost and profit included.


      c.  Comment on any important adjustments made to costs claimed or any significant amounts in relation to the total claim.


      d.  If a partial termination is involved, state whether the contractor has requested an equitable adjustment in the price of the continued portion of the contract.


      e.  Comment on any unadjusted contractual changes which are included in the settlement.


      f.  Comment on whether or not a loss would have been incurred and explain adjustment for loss, if any.


      g.  Furnish other information believed helpful to any reviewing authority in understanding the recommended settlement.


2.  Profit.  Explain the basis and factors considered in arriving at a fair profit.


3.  Settlement expenses.  Comment on and summarize those expenses not included in the audit review.


4.  Subcontractor's settlements.  Include the number of no costs settlements, settlements concluded by the contractor under delegation of authority and those approved by the termination contracting officer, as well as the net amount of each.


5.  Partial payments.  Furnish the total amount of partial payments, if any.


6.  Progress or advance payments.  Furnish the total of unliquidated amounts, if any.


7.  Claims of the Government against the contractor included in settlement agreement reservations.  List all outstanding claims, if any, which the Government has against the contractor in connection with the terminated contract or terminated portion of the contract.


8.  Assignments.  List any assignments, giving name and address of assignee.


9.  Disposal credits.  Furnish information as to applicable disposal credits and give dollar amounts of all disposal credits.


10.  Plant clearance.  State whether plant clearance action has been completed and all inventory sold, retained, or otherwise properly disposed of in accordance with applicable plant clearance regulations.  Comment on any unusual matters pertaining to plant clearances.  Attach consolidated closing plant clearance report.


11.  Government property.  State whether all Government property has been accounted for.


12.  Special tooling.  If involved, furnish comment on disposition.


13.  Summary of settlement.  Summarize the settlement in tabular form substantially as follows:









      Prime contractors charges (before disposal credits)



      Plus:  Subcontractor charges (after disposal credits)



      Gross settlement:




Less:  disposal credits--Prime



      Net settlement--Less:




Prior payment credits (this settlement)




Previous partial settlements




Other credits or deductions



      Net payment:




Total contract price (complete termination)




Contract Price of Items Terminated (for partial termination)--Less:




Total payments to date




Net payment from this settlement




Fund reserved for reservations



      Reduction in contract price







14.  Exclusions.  Describe any proposed reservation of rights to the Government or to the contractor.


15.  Include statement that the settlement is fair and reasonable for the Government and the contractor.  The contracting officer shall sign and date the memorandum.


(End of memorandum)







1.  Summary.  Summarize the proposed settlement in tabular form substantially as shown in Tables 49-3 and 49-4.  Partial settlements may be summarized on

Table 49-4.


2.  Comments.  Explain tabular summaries.


      a.  Summary of final settlement (see Table 49-3).


              (1)  Explain why the auditor's final report was not available for consideration, if applicable.


              (2)  Explain how the fixed fee was adjusted.  Identify basis used such as percentage of completion.  Include a description of factors considered and how they were considered.  Include any tabular summaries and breakdowns deemed helpful to an understanding of the process.  Factors which may be given consideration are outlined in FAR 49.305.


              (3)  Briefly identify matters included in liability for property and other charges against the contractor arising from the contract.


              (4)  Identify reservations included in the settlement that are other than standard reservations required by regulations and which are concerned with pending claims and refunds.


              (5)  Explain substantial or otherwise important adjustments made in cost figures submitted by the contractor in arriving at the proposed settlement.


              (6)  If unreimbursed costs were settled on a lump sum basis, explain the general basis for and the major factors considered in arriving at this settlement.


              (7)  Comment on any unusual items of cost included in the claim and on any phase of cost allocation requiring particular attention and not covered above.


              (8)  If auditor's recommendations for nonacceptance were not followed, explain briefly the main reasons why such recommendations were not followed.


              (9)  On items recommended for further consideration by the auditor, explain, in general, the basis for the action taken.


              (10)  If any cost previously disallowed by a contracting officer is included in the proposed settlement, identify and explain the reason for inclusion of such costs.


              (11)  Show number and amounts of settlements with subcontractors.


              (12)  Use the following summary where settlement includes costs and fixed fee in a complete termination:


Gross settlement


      Less:  Disposal credits


Net settlement


      Less:  Prior payments



      Other credits or deductions





Net payment


Total contract estimated cost plus fixed fee


      Less:  Net settlement



      Estimated reserve for exclusions



      Final contract price


      (Consisting of $_______ for reimbursement of

      costs and $_______ for adjusted fixed fee)





Reduction in contract price (credit)



                    (13)  Plant clearance.  Indicate dollar value of termination inventory and state whether plant clearance has been completed.  Attach consolidated plant clearance report (SF 1424, Inventory Disposal Report).


                    (14)  Government property.  State whether all Government property has been accounted for.


                    (15)  Include a statement that the settlement is fair and reasonable to the Government and the contractor.  The contracting officer shall sign and date the memorandum.

(End of memorandum)







1.  Previous reimbursed costs--Prime and Subs



2.  Previous unreimbursed costs



3.  Total cost settlement



4.  Previous fees paid--Prime



5.  Previous fees unpaid--Prime



6.  Total fee settlement



7.  Gross settlement









      Less:  Deductions not reflected in Items 1-7




a.  Disposal credits





b.  Other charges against contractor





      arising from contract




8.  Net settlement




Less:  Prior payment credits



9.  Net payment



10. Recapitulation of previous settlements (insert

      number of previous partial settlements effected on

      account of this particular termination):




Aggregate gross amount of previous settlements



Aggregate net amount of previous partial settlements



Aggregate net payment provided in previous partial settlements



Aggregate amount allowed for prime contractor acquired property



taken over by the Government in connection with previous



partial settlements






Amounts claimed by

Auditor's Recommendation












1.  Direct material





2.  Direct labor





3.  Indirect factory expense





4.  Dies, jigs, fixtures and special tools





5.  Other costs





6.  General and administrative expenses





7.  Fee





8.  Settlement expense





9.  Settlement with subs





10.  Total costs (Items 1-9)





*Expand the format to include recommendations of technical personnel as required.




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