DATE:           October 27, 2017

TO:                Procurement Directors/Contracting Officers

FROM:          Chief
                      Contract and Financial Assistance Policy Division
                      Office of Policy
                      Office of Acquisition Management

SUBJECT:    Class Deviation to FAR 31.205-44(a), Training and education
                      costs, and approval of training on overtime

SUMMARY: The attached AL 2018-03 streamlines DOE’s consideration and approval of contractors’ requests for approval of overtime premiums for training and education, while continuing to emphasize that overtime premiums for training and education merit special scrutiny. It grants Heads of Contracting Activities (HCAs), as DOE’s "Approving Officials for Overtime," cognizance over the issue. The decisions to consider and to approve such requests are at the HCAs' discretion.

For questions concerning this policy flash, contact Michael Righi of the Contracts and Financial Assistance Policy Division, Office of Policy, Office of Acquisition Management by phone at (202) 287-1337 or by email to