FAR proposal backs bonuses for contract tech workers

FAR proposal backs bonuses for contract tech workers

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, engaged in government contracts. The government would reimburse contractors for the bonuses.

Deidre A. Lee, director of procurement for the Defense Department, said that signing and retention bonuses are allowed on government conracts but are not specifically addressed by the FAR.

Lee said many of the department's contractors are up against tough competition "to attract and retain personnel with critical technical skills."

The proposed FAR rule would make such hiring practices legal.

Comments on the proposed regulation changes must be sent by Feb. 26 to www.arnet.gov/far/ProposedRules.

-K. McCaney

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