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Ignorance of The Law

Nov.11.2009

In what, fortunately, is not a precedential decision, in Teknowledge Corp. v. U.S. (Nov. 3, 2009), the Federal Circuit finds that the cost of software development effort is not allocable to Government business because there is no demonstrated "benefit" to the Government. While it is not clear, based on the facts reported in the decision, that the result would be different -- and as we have reported in a prior Bullet Point about the decision of the Court of Federal Claims in the same case -- neither party apparently pointed out to either court that FAR incorporates the requirements of CAS 420, which specifically addresses the allocation issue in the case and requires a different analysis than the "benefit to the Government" rationale that the courts applied.

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