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Federal Funding Briefing, January 2024

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Jameson-selected News, Stories & Insights

In our inaugural Federal Funding Briefing, we re-cap some of the news we shared in January, including the impacts of Section 174 on innovators and small businesses, insights on Direct and Indirect costs, and the latest on patent protections and march-in rights.


Section 174 and Tax Relief For American Families and Workers Act

During a series of Ways and Means Committee hearings, small business owners made their voices heard regarding pro-growth policies and tax relief, including solving for Section 174. Read article

“R&D Firms to Congress: Don’t Hang Us Out to Dry with Apocalyptic Taxes” presents a strong argument against Section 174 and how it threatens our nation’s R&D pipeline. Read article

We, too, are highly concerned by the devastating impact of Section 174 on SBIR-funded companies. In addition to our efforts to effect change working with everyone at SBTC, we’ve published six blogs on the subject. You can find all of them in our Resources Center.


Government Award Accounting: FAR Cost Principles

The National Law Review’s Cost Corner is doing a series of articles on FAR Cost Principles. This one discusses the allocation of direct and indirect costs. Read article

We will cover direct and indirect costs in detail during our upcoming webinar, “Understanding the Financial Strings Attached to Your Government Funding Award.”  (There’s also a Q&A portion if you have specific questions.) Register for the 2/20/24 webinar


Are March-in Rights Gaining Momentum?

The Biden administration has unveiled a framework of factors that federal agencies should consider when choosing to exercise march-in rights, including reasonable price. According to this article, “Proposed guidelines will likely affect small businesses disproportionally” as they’re most likely to have inventions funded by the federal government. Read article

The proposed March-In Rights guidelines are open for a 60-day comment period which ends February 6th. Here’s how to submit comments


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Ed Jameson, CPA, Managing Partner

I’ve been in practice for over 40 years helping our small business clients procure, manage, and survive audits on more than $6 billion in federal government contract and grant funding. We’ve been featured presenters and panel moderators at Tech Connect’s National SBIR/STTR conferences since 2010, and I’ve presented at the DOD’s Mentor Protégé Summit and present regularly for several state and local organizations.


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