Cost Structures allow you to apply indirect costs to projects for profitability reporting and for billing Cost Plus projects.
In each Cost Structure, you can define which Labor Cost Elements and ODC (other direct cost) Cost Elements are included. You can also specify how your indirect rates are applied. For example, you may apply your G&A rate but not your Overhead rate to subcontractor costs.
Indirect rates may be entered on the Indirect Cost Rates tab. Unanet offers the ability to record Target, Provisional, and Actual rates for each of your indirect cost rates. If you use Unanet Financials to calculate the indirect rates for you via posting Cost Pool Calculations, the indirect rates will automatically populate in the Actual rates fields.
Recall that labor will follow the person profile or project assignment cost structure, while expenses will follow the project profile Accounting tab Cost Structure.
Navigate to Admin > Setup > Accounting > Cost Structures > Edit Pencil Icon.
- Customers should work with consultants familiar with the government requirements in this area.
- Cost Structures are required to be configured for billing Cost Plus contracts. While Cost Structures are optional for TM/FP contracts, they are still very beneficial for revenue/margin tracking.
- If you have more than one legal entity, you will need at least one Cost Structure per legal entity (if using Cost Pool Groups) because there are currently no intercompany transactions in system.
- You may need to set up different Cost Structures if you have G&A caps or if your contract is specially negotiated to not have a certain rate applied to a certain cost where normally it would be.