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MEMORANDUM NO. 2017-08

May 5, 2017

TO THE HEADS OF ALL STATE AGENCIES

Attention:   Chief Fiscal Officers or Business Managers
Subject:   Statewide Cost Allocation Plan for the Fiscal Year 2016-2017

Attached is the approved 2016-2017 Statewide Cost Allocation Plan, dated May 5, 2017.

Section I: Costs Distributed through Statewide Cost Allocation

This section contains the approved fixed central service costs by grantee agencies as listed in Exhibit A. The costs are to be incorporated into agency indirect cost proposals prepared using the appropriate fiscal year costs and other cost statements based upon the same fiscal year costs.

All state agencies receiving Federal or any other grants, or private funds, etc., must compute an indirect cost rate for each fiscal year of their Federal or other programs. The proposal is to be submitted for approval to the agency's cognizant Federal department or agency within six months after the close of each fiscal year. Generally, Federal cognizance of a particular state agency is assigned to that Federal department with the largest dollar involvement.

This indirect cost rate shall enable the State to recover both agency and statewide indirect costs as permitted by Federal regulations.

Central service costs are distributed to various "super agencies" and an "all others" category. Please note - the super agencies listed in Exhibit A typically contain more than one state agency.

REQUESTS FOR A BREAKDOWN OF COSTS ALLOCABLE TO A PARTICULAR STATE AGENCY CONTAINED WITHIN THESE LARGER ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURES SHOULD BE ADDRESSED TO:

Office of the State Comptroller
Budget and Financial Analysis Division - Cost Unit
55 Elm Street, Room 601
Hartford, Connecticut 06106-1775

Section II: Costs Distributed through Billing Mechanisms

The categories listed in Section II of the SWCAP are approved to have their costs billed to Federal programs directly as the services or goods provided for herein are used by the programs.

Fringe Benefit Cost Recovery

The approved 2016-2017 fixed fringe benefit recovery rates for Unemployment Compensation and Retirement plans for covered payroll are listed in Exhibit B. The approved 2016-2017 fringe benefit recovery actual costs for the Medical Insurance, Group Life Insurance, FICA-Social Security, FICA-Medicare for covered payroll are directly identified by individual employee.

Covered payroll is all personal services expenditures for positions paid from Federal grants, Grants other than Federal, and other than General Fund accounts.

Fringe Benefit actual cost components for Medical Insurance, Group Life Insurance, FICA-Social Security, and FICA-Medicare are used along with the negotiated rates for Unemployment Compensation and the applicable Retirement plan.

For informational purposes, listed below are the breakdowns of the statewide fringe benefit recovery rates by fringe benefit component. These rates were originally published in Memorandum No. 2016-14, dated July 1, 2016.

Component    FY 2016-17 Rate
SERS - Regular Employees    54.99%
Alternate Retirement Plan    11.93%
Teachers Retirement Plan    9.87%
SERS - Hazardous Duty    69.94%
Judges/Compensation Commissioners    53.35%
Unemployment Compensation    0.06%

In addition, the rates listed below have been calculated based on the existing Federal tax rates.

FICA-Social Security Tax Rate    6.20%
(of applicable wages up to Federal maximum limit)
  
FICA-Medicare Tax Rate    1.45%
(of applicable wages - no maximum limit)  

Workers' Compensation Costs. Any agency Indirect Cost Proposal or Cost Allocation Plan should include the 2016-2017 Statewide Cost Allocation Plan cost allocated to the agency and the actual cost of workers' compensation claims paid on behalf of the agency during the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

Agencies with a specific Worker's Compensation appropriation should use the total expenditures of that appropriation in their Indirect Cost Proposal or Cost Allocation Plan.

For all other agencies, a separate schedule of 2016-2017 Workers' Compensation costs paid on their behalf will be published at a later date after the close of the fiscal year. The published Workers’ Compensation amounts should be included in these agencies’ Indirect Cost Proposals or Cost Allocation Plans.

If you have any questions regarding this memorandum please call the Cost Reporting Unit, Budget and Financial Analysis Division at 860-702-3352.

KEVIN LEMBO
STATE COMPTROLLER

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Attachments

2017 SWCAP Agreement - Signed PDF
2017 Exhibit A - Summary
2017 Exhibit B - Fringe Benefits Cost Recovery

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