Benchmarked Labor Rates
Ordering Contracting Officers can use these benchmarked labor rates to estimate the total cost of the order and the Independent Government Cost Estimate (IGCE). You must determine:
- Whether the total price for the order is fair and reasonable given the requirements of each order;
- The appropriate level of effort and mix of labor to perform the task; and
- The appropriate contract type.
The loaded hourly labor rates attached below include wages, overhead, general and administrative expenses, and profit for work performed in the continental United States. They apply only to time-and-materials and labor-hour orders. They do not include the 0.75 percent contract access fee.
- Alliant labor category descriptions [DOC - 115 KB]
- Alliant Loaded hourly pricing for work done on government site [XLSX - 579 KB]
- Alliant Loaded hourly pricing for work done on contractor site [XLSX - 575 KB]
Prices Paid Tool
Use GWAC Prices Paid dashboards for Alliant and Alliant Small Business to buy smarter and get a real-time data snapshot of the prices paid. You can filter pricing data by customer agencies, industry partners, contract family, labor categories, and contract type to conduct improved market research, develop more realistic independent government cost estimates (IGCE), help conduct price analysis and negotiations, and provide transparency and a detailed view into federal agency total Information Technology dollars spent on Alliant and Alliant Small Business GWACs.
Federal government employees are required to register with OMB MAX in order to access these tools. Access instruction can be found here: "How to access the GWAC Prices Paid Dashboards [PDF - 203 KB]". Please contact GWAC_Spend@gsa.gov if you need assistance.
Contract Pricing and Competition
All contract holders must be provided a fair opportunity to be considered for all orders in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 16.505 unless an exception applies. Exceptions include an urgent need, a follow-on, and a minimum guarantee with an industry partner (the full list of exceptions is in FAR 16.505(b)(2)(i)). You must document exceptions.
If you allow adequate price competition, generally you do not need any more information to determine whether the cost or price is reasonable. You can find guidelines on adequate price competition in FAR 15.403-1(c)(1). Employ the cost and price negotiation policies provided in the FAR 15.4, and use your agency’s policies as needed.
A 2009 memo from the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Increasing Competition and Structuring Contracts for the Best Results (10/27/2009), recommends that contracting officers avoid noncompetitive, cost-reimbursement, labor-hour, and time-and-materials contracts as a way to increase competition and avoid overpaying for critical IT systems.
If you are issuing a time-and-materials order, use the time-and-materials provision in your agency’s policies to specify whether hourly labor rates are separate, blended, or a combination of separate and blended. Ordering Contracting Officers should outline this information in the Request for Quotations (RFQ) or Request for Proposals (RFP).
Work Performed Outside the US
The Department of State's Office of Allowances publishes quarterly reports that will help you price work to be performed abroad, including:
- Cost of living;
- Per diem rate maximums;
- Quarters allowances;
- Hardship differentials; and
- Danger pay allowances.