N.J. Admin. Code § 7:22-7.4 - Costs related to subagreements

Current through Register Vol. 54, No. 7, April 4, 2022

(a) Allowable costs related to subagreements include:
1. For Pinelands grant or loan awards made in State Fiscal Year 1996 and later and for Pinelands grant or loan awards made in State Fiscal Year 1995 and earlier for which final payment has not been received under a Pinelands grant or loan agreement, the costs of subagreements for building the project, which may include a contingency line item of up to five percent of the building costs. The funds allocated in the contingency line item must first be used for allowable change orders associated with building activities. The contingency funds can be used for activities other than building provided the Department approves line item adjustments in accordance with 7:22-6.26;
2. The costs for establishing or using liaison services for small business concerns owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals pursuant to N.J.A.C. 7:22-9;
3. The costs of services incurred during the building of a project to ensure that it is built in conformance with the design drawings and specifications;
4. The costs (including legal, technical, and administrative costs) of assessing the merits of or negotiating the settlement of a claim by or against a recipient under a subagreement, provided that:
i. The claim arises from work within the scope of the Pinelands grant or loan;
ii. Department approval has been received covering the costs before they are incurred;
iii. The costs are not incurred to prepare documentation that should be prepared by the contractor to support a claim against the recipient;
iv. The Department determines that there is a significant State interest in the issues involved in the claim; and
v. Meritorious claims are resolved in an expeditious manner.
5. Change orders for increased costs under subagreements as follows:
i. Change orders provided the costs are:
(1) Within the scope of the project;
(2) Not caused by the recipient's mismanagement;
(3) Not caused by the recipient's vicarious liability for the improper action of others; and
(4) The cost of which when added to the allowable costs due to the final building cost, does not exceed the allowable costs due to the low bid building cost.
ii. Provided the requirements of (a)5i above are met, the following is an example of allowable change orders and contractor claim costs:
(1) Building costs resulting from defects in the plans, design drawings and specifications, or other subagreement documents only to the extent that the costs would have been incurred if the subagreement documents on which the bids were based had been free of the defects, and excluding the costs of any rework, delay, acceleration, or disruption caused by such defects.
iii. Settlements, arbitration awards, and court judgments which resolve contractor claims shall be reviewed by the grant or loan award official and shall be allowable only to the extent that they meet the requirements of paragraph (a)5i, are reasonable, and do not attempt to pass on to the Department the cost of events that were the responsibility of the recipient, the contractor, or others.
6. The costs of the recipient required by 7:22-6.30 during the first year following initiation of operation of the project;
7. The cost of development of a plan of operation including an operation and maintenance manual;
8. Start-up services for onsite training of operating personnel in operation and control of specific treatment processes, laboratory procedures, and maintenance and records management.
(b) For Pinelands grant or loan awards made in State Fiscal Year 1996 and later and for loan awards made in State Fiscal Year 1995 and earlier for which final payment has not been received under a Pinelands grant or loan agreement, the actual costs for (a)2 through 8 above will be allowable. For projects which received the Pinelands grant or loan award in State Fiscal Year 1993, 1994 or 1995 and which have received final payment under a Pinelands grant or loan agreement, the sum total of the allowable costs in (a)2 through 8 above, exclusive of building costs, will not exceed 12 percent of the low bid building cost.
(c) Unallowable costs related to subagreements include:
1. Except as provided in (a)5 above, architectural or engineering services or other services necessary to correct defects in a planning document, design drawings and specifications, or other subagreement documents;
2. The costs (including legal, technical and administrative) of defending against a contractor claim for increased costs under a subagreement or of prosecuting a claim to enforce any subagreement unless:
i. The claim arises from work within the scope of the loan;
ii. Department approval has been received covering the costs before they are incurred;
iii. The claim cannot be settled without arbitration or litigation;
iv. The claim does not result from the recipient's mismanagement;
v. The Department determines that there is a significant State interest in the issues involved in the claim; and
vi. In the case of defending against a contractor claim, the claim does not result from the recipient's responsibility for the improper action of others.
3. Bonus payments for completion of building before a contractual completion date;
4. All costs associated with the award of any subagreement for building significant elements of the project more than 12 months after the grant or loan closing, unless an extension is specified in the project schedule approved by the Department.

Notes

N.J. Admin. Code § 7:22-7.4
Amended by R.1992 d.42, effective 1/21/1992.
See: 23 New Jersey Register 3282(a), 24 New Jersey Register 246(a).
Revised to limit all costs related to subagreements (except for the subagreement(s) to build the project) to 12 percent of the low bid building cost.
Amended by R.1995 d.494, effective 9/5/1995.
See: 27 New Jersey Register 1536(a), 27 New Jersey Register 3403(a).

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