FAR proposal would support bonuses for contract workers

FAR proposal would support bonuses for contract workers

By Kevin McCaney

GCN Staff

JAN. 2—A proposed change to the Federal Acquisition Regulation would formally endorse government incentives offered to high-tech contract workers.

The amendment would let government contractors offer signing and retention bonuses to highly skilled information technology workers, such as computer scientists and engineers, involved in government contracts. The government would reimburse contractors for the bonuses.

Deidre A. Lee, director of defense procurement, said that signing and retention bonuses are currently allowed on government contracts, but are not specifically addressed by the FAR. She said many Defense contractors have difficulty competing 'to attract and retain personnel with critical technical skills.' The proposed rule would make the practice specifically legal.

The proposal was submitted by the Civilian Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council. The General Services Administration will accept comments until Feb. 26. For a copy of the proposed amendment, go to www.arnet.gov/far/ProposedRules/.

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