For several years now, many contractors have objected to the DCAA requiring the use of the Incurred Cost Electronic (ICE) model to submit what the DCAA considered an adequate incurred cost submission (ICS). Those complaints can now be directed towards the FAR Councils because, in FAC 2005-52, effective June 11, 2011, they have incorporated the ICE model into the Allowable Cost and Payment clause, FAR 52.216-7
Before discussing the changes made by the FAC, a few words about 52.216-7 are in order. That clause is the only FAR clause that requires submission of an ICS. Thus, if 52.216-7, or a non-standard clause requiring the submission of an ICS, is not in a contract, the contractor has no obligation to submit an ICS.