PART 17 –– SPECIAL CONTRACTING METHODS
Bridge Contract is a short-term sole-source contract awarded generally to the incumbent contractor to continue critical services when a follow-on competitive contract action could not be completed in a timely manner. It provides needed services until the program and contracting offices can establish a new competitive contract. The SPE Bridge Decision Briefing, located in DARS PGI 17.000, is not required for non-DISA contract actions nor is it required for bridge contracts made necessary by GAO or Agency-level protests. Although a bridge may not require a decision brief, it still must be added onto the Bridge Report .
SUBPART 17.1 –– MULTI–YEAR CONTRACTS
(b) For multi-year contracts, the Head of the Contracting Activity (HCA) may authorize modification of the requirements of this subpart and the clause at FAR 52.217-2, Cancellation Under Multi-Year Contracts.
17.106-3 Special procedures applicable to DoD, NASA, and the Coast Guard.
(e) The HCA may approve recurring costs in cancellation ceilings for multi-year contracts.
SUBPART 17.2 — OPTIONS
17.202 Use of options.
17.202-90 Use of surge options.
(a) Definition. Optional CLIN that can be exercised unilaterally for an increase in quantity of support for the task areas previously defined in the PWS/SOO/SOW.
(1) When the surge option amount is equal to or greater than 50% of the total value of the non- surge CLINs, the contracting officer shall prepare a determination for the surge amount prior to releasing the RFP or RFQ. The determination can be added to the Determination for Use of Options template.
(i) Approval up to 50% is the contracting officer.
(ii) Approval over 50% is the CoCO.
(2) The surge CLIN shall be numbered as 9999 with a contract type of cost reimbursement not- to-exceed. The following language may be used as the description for CLIN 9999:
“Optional surge support in accordance with DITCO Special Contract Requirement H6 – OPTION TO EXERCISE SURGE SUPPORT.”
(3) The surge option should be exercised unilaterally to the maximum extent possible; however, can be exercised bilaterally if negotiations are required.
(4) The amount of any new CLIN or amount added to an existing CLIN that implements surge will be equal to the decrement of the not-to-exceed amount of CLIN 9999. Description for the surge CLIN should state “Surge of Task Area # with a period of performance from __________________ to _________________ .”.
(S-90) The price for exercising 52.217-8, Option to Extend Services, (not to exceed six (6) months) will be evaluated as part of the total price of a proposal. See DARS PGI 17.206 (S-90) for procedures.
17.207 Exercise of options.
(S-90) For current contracts that include FAR Clause 52.217-8, Option to Extend Services, and the option was evaluated prior to award, the contracting officer shall prepare a determination and findings document in accordance with FAR Subpart 17.207 Exercise of options prior to exercising the option.
(S-91) The approval authority for DISA mission partner requests to exercise 52.217-8, Option to Extend Services, is the HCA. The approval authority for non-DISA mission partner requests to exercise 52.217-8, Option to Extend Services, is the HCO.
SUBPART 17.5 — INTERAGENCY ACQUISITIONS
(S-90) DITCO is the organic contracting activity of DISA. If DITCO can procure the requirement, the Program Management Office shall work with DITCO contracting office to issue a general terms and conditions (GT&C) agreement, unambiguous to the requesting and servicing agency. Prior to funds certification, the servicing agency and the requesting agency shall both sign a written interagency agreement that establishes the GT&Cs governing the relationship between the parties. DISA, as a requesting agency, may use an external (non-DITCO) contracting agency. An approved determination and findings (D&F) for an Interagency Assisted Acquisition, located at https://www.ditco.disa.mil/contracts/AcquisitionAgreements.asp, is required prior to submitting a requirements package to an external contracting office.
(S-91) Further guidance on how to conduct interagency acquisitions can be found in DARS PGI 17.5.
(a) S-90) An unclassified interagency agreement is required for all DITCO contracts and shall be completed within the Bureau of Fiscal Service of the U.S. Treasury’s Department’s system, G-Invoicing. The interagency agreement process within the G-Invoicing system consists of the following FS Form 7600 documents:
1. 7600A; an agreement establishing the GT&Cs
2. 7600B; the order and funding information. The order must be part of the scope of the executed 7600A. Prior to certification of an order, a fully executed agreement must be documented.
Classified agreements are exempt from G-Invoicing requirements.
17.503 Ordering Procedures.
Table 17-1 DISA/DITCO’s Approval Authority Interagency Assisted Acquisitions
FAR & DFARS
One contract award or multiple contract actions under one contract vehicle
Contracting Officer (KO) (up to warrant amount)
FAR & DFARS
Multiple contract awards against multiple contract vehicles and/or methods within one contracting office
Chief of Contracting Office (CoCO)
FAR & DFARS
Multiple contract awards against multiple contract vehicles and/or methods within multiple contracting offices
Vice Procurement Services Executive
Table 17-2 DISA Coordination and Approval Authority for Determination and Findings (D&F) for Assisted Acquisitions
FAR & DFARS
Exceeding the micro-purchase threshold to
Chief of Contracting Office (CoCO)
FAR & DFARS
1) Director of the Requirements Office
Head of Contracting Office (HCO)
SUBPART 217.74-- UNDEFINITIZED CONTRACT ACTIONS
(a)The following Undefinitized Contract Actions (UCA) are not subject to this subpart.
(1) Telecommunications contract actions at or below the simplified acquisition threshold for:
(i) Temporary circuits associated with presidential travel or in support of the US Secret Service, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and Office of Special Events ordered via the Basic Agreements; and,
(ii) CLINs associated with travel on the White House Communications Agency Travel Contract
(S-90) The contracting officer shall obtain approval from the HCA before entering into an UCA or modifying the scope of an UCA when performance has already begun. The Request for HCA approval of a UCA is located in DARS PGI 217.7404-1(S-90) and must be maintained in the contract file.
217.7404-3 Definitization schedule.
(a) The definitization schedule shall contain, at a minimum: The due date for the qualifying proposal, date negotiations begin, and target date for definitization.
(S-90) Calendars. To assist in tracking the timely definitization of UCAs, the KO shall send an email with the target definitization date to the Chief of PL21 and to the PSD Front Office (with copy to the CoCO) to annotate the date on the PL21 and HCA’s calendar.
(b)(S-90) Timely Qualifying Proposal. If the qualifying proposal is not received by the date specified in the definitization schedule, the KO shall coordinate with the CoCO and HCO to notify the HCA (by email) providing the following information:
Reasons qualifying proposal was not received;
Steps that will be taken to obtain qualifying proposal within 60 days or less; and,
Whether or not payments will be withheld.
217.7405 Plans and reports.
(S-90) Processing. The PL2 Contract Policy & Operations Division will track the processing of UCAs from providing a UCA Tracking Number to reviewing the final negotiated agreement, at all dollar values. UCAs valued at greater than $5M will be reported to the Director, Defense Pricing and Contracting (see DFARS 217.7405 & DFARS PGI 217.7405) in accordance with the DISA Consolidated UCA Management Plan. Contract data shall be maintained in the format required by the spreadsheet referenced in DFARS PGI 217.7405(2)(ii). PL2 will track approval of the UCA by the HCA, and upon approval, retain a copy of the approved UCA Request for Approval and the UCA D&Fs to complete the bi-annual report.
(S-91) Review. The contracting officer shall obtain a review of the proposed profit/fee from PL842, Cost and Pricing Branch . A UCA Tracking Number shall be obtained from PL21, Contract Policy Branch . A compliance review of the final negotiated agreement shall be obtained from the PL22, Contract Operations Branch prior to definitization.
(S-92) Management Plan (D&F). All UCAs are required to adhere to the ‘Consolidated UCA Management Plan’ required by DFARS PGI 217.7405(2)(i). Before entering into any UCA, Contracting Officers shall obtain HCA approval (see DARS 217.7404-1). Prior to definitization, Contracting Officers shall satisfy the requirements of the UCA Management Plan by executing a D&F for HCA approval, (which shall be maintained in the contract file. The D&F template is located in DARS PGI 217.7405(S-91).
SUBPART 17.91 — PRODUCT LOAN AGREEMENTS
Product Loan Agreement is a convenient vehicle for the Government to test and evaluate commercial and developmental items for a specified period of time. The Agreement allows the Government to use the product(s) on a no-cost basis for demonstration, testing, and assessing various product(s) in the marketplace.
(a) The cognizant requirements office develops and initiates the Product Loan Agreement (PLA) using the instructions and automated application available at: https://cmis.disa.mil/facilities/vendorloan/vendorloan.cfm .
(b) The contracting officer is the only individual authorized to enter into, administer, and terminate Product Loan Agreements on behalf of the Government. Unauthorized signatures on Product Loan Agreements may result in Anti-Deficiency Act violations.