Accession Number : ADA329314

Title :   Indirect Cost Management Guide: Navigating the Sea of Overhead,

Corporate Author : DEFENSE SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT COLL FORT BELVOIR VA

Personal Author(s) : Cash, Jack

PDF Url : ADA329314

Report Date : 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 131

Abstract : DoD management has become increasingly concerned with broad-based increases in defense contractor indirect cost rates. Many factors have contributed to these rate increases-the major one being a significant reduction in business base for most defense contractors because of the declining defense budget. As a result, DoD has undertaken expanded efforts to strengthen the monitoring of indirect costs. It has become very important for acquisition management personnel to gain a thorough understanding of the complex and sensitive subject of indirect cost management. We have found in teaching various program management classes at the Defense Systems Management College (DSMC) that the subject of indirect cost or overhead is usually referred to in very unfavorable terms, is commonly misunderstood, and is thought to be virtually uncontrollable from a government program management perspective. In addition, the large number bf indirect rates that one encounters in the defense industry significantly contributes to the confusion our students' experience. Our objective in writing this guide is to demystify what many of our students refer to as the 'sea of overhead.' We have found that there is no single published source for the general audience of acquisition personnel that provides a complete overview of indirect cost management. This guide is intended to fill that void.

Descriptors :   *MANAGEMENT, *CONTRACTORS, *DEFENSE INDUSTRY, *INDIRECT COSTS, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, COMMERCE, ACQUISITION, MONITORING, RATES, MANAGEMENT PERSONNEL, MILITARY BUDGETS.

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Economics and Cost Analysis

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE