U.S. Code of Federal Regulations

Regulations most recently checked for updates: Sep 23, 2023

432.001 - 432.001 Definitions.

The agency contract finance office is the office, other than the office of the requisitioner, providing funding or performing funding record keeping for the contract action.

Responsible fiscal authority is that officer in the agency contract finance office with the responsibility to ensure that adequate funds are available and usable for the intended purpose.

432.003 - 432.003 Simplified acquisition procedures financing.

(a) The chief of the contracting office may approve contract financing on a contract to be entered under the simplified acquisition procedures. Class approvals may not be made.

(b) The signed approval must contain the supporting rationale for the action and an estimate of the cost and/or risk to the government.

432.006 - 432.006 Reduction or suspension of contract payments upon finding of fraud.

432.006–2 - 432.006-2 Definitions.

(a) The USDA remedy coordination official (RCO) is the Assistant Secretary for Administration.

(b) For the purposes of this part, head of the agency means, exclusively, the Secretary or the Deputy Secretary.

432.006–3 - 432.006-3 Responsibilities.

When a contracting officer suspects that a request for advance, partial, or progress payment is based on fraud, the request shall be referred directly to the Office of Inspector General (OIG) in accordance with their instructions. A copy of the referral shall be submitted through the head of the contracting activity (HCA) to the Senior Procurement Executive (SPE).

432.006–4 - 432.006-4 Procedures.

(a) Immediately upon submittal of the referral described in 432.006–3, the HCA and the contracting officer shall confer with the SPE and representatives of the OIG to discuss the potential for reduction or suspension of further payments based on the considerations listed in FAR 32.006–4(d) (1) through (5).

(b) The SPE will determine whether the contractor has contracts with other Departments or contracting activities and will involve them, as necessary, in the decision making process.

(c) The OIG will determine the need for and the extent of an investigation.

(d) Immediately upon completion of the OIG investigation (or, if deemed necessary by the OIG and the SPE, before completion of the investigation) the SPE, in coordination with the HCA, the contracting officer, and the OIG, shall make a report on the action to the RCO.

(e) Upon receipt of the report, the RCO will submit a recommendation to the Secretary.

(f) Upon receipt of the RCO's report the Secretary will:

(1) Notify the contractor in writing, allowing 30 calendar days after receipt of the notice, that the contractor may submit in writing information and arguments in opposition to the recommendation; and

(2) Consider the RCO's recommendation, the SPE's report, the response of the contractor, and any other relevant information in order to make an appropriate final determination.

(g) This determination will be provided to the contractor and to the SPE for distribution to the agencies involved and for appropriate action under the determination.

(h) The determination and the supporting documentation will be placed in the contract file(s) and a copy will be maintained by the SPE.

(i) The contracting officer will advise the SPE of the actual date of the reduction or suspension action.

(j) Not later than 150 calendar days after the actual date of the reduction or suspension action, the SPE will prepare for the RCO a review of the agency head's determination, and will propose a recommendation from the RCO to the agency head as to whether the reduction or suspension action should continue. The RCO will submit the recommendation (including a recommendation for the time period of a follow up review) to the agency head. This recommendation will be considered by the Secretary and handled as a final action described in paragraph (f) of this section.

(k) The contract may not be closed nor final payment made prior to a final determination by the Secretary.

432.006–5 - 432.006-5 Reporting.

The annual report required by FAR 32.006–5 is to be prepared by the SPE and to be submitted to the Secretary within 90 calendar days after the end of the fiscal year. When signed by the Secretary, the report is to be maintained by the SPE.

432.007 - 432.007 Contract financing payments.

The HCA may prescribe, on a case-by-case basis, a shorter period for financing payments.

[61 FR 53646, Oct. 15, 1996. Redesignated at 70 FR 48, Jan. 3, 2005]

Subpart 432.1 [432.102 - 432.114] - Subpart 432.1—Non-Commercial Item Purchase Financing

Subpart 432.2 [432.202 - 432.207] - Subpart 432.2—Commercial Item Purchase Financing

Subpart 432.3 [432.301 - 432.301] - Subpart 432.3—Loan Guarantees for Defense Production

Subpart 432.4 [432.402 - 432.412] - Subpart 432.4—Advance Payments for Non-Commercial Items

Subpart 432.6 [432.601 - 432.616] - Subpart 432.6—Contract Debts

Subpart 432.7 [432.703 - 432.770] - Subpart 432.7—Contract Funding

Subpart 432.8 [432.802 - 432.806] - Subpart 432.8—Assignment of Claims

Subpart 432.9 [432.904 - 432.904] - Subpart 432.9—Prompt Payment

Subpart 432.10 [432.1007 - 432.1007] - Subpart 432.10—Performance-Based Payments