You will often hear and read the terms ”engagement contract” and ”task issuance” in discussions and documents related to GSA calendars. Although FAR 8.4 provides specific powers for GSA scheduling contracts that replace the specific provisions of FAR 16.5 for unspecified task contracts or types of supply contracts, an understanding of these vehicles will contribute to a better understanding of how a GSA schedule works. It is a service contract that does not provide or specify a fixed number of services (with the exception of a minimum or maximum limit) and provides for the award of contracts for the performance of tasks during the term of the contract. Work orders are used in IDIQs (undetermined delivery, indeterminate quantity). These are adaptable types of contracts that allow one or more public authorities to accept a contract when the exact requirements or needs are not known. With an IDIQ vehicle, buyers order for individual requirements and quantitative restrictions can be expressed in number of units or dollars. The contract must require the customer and the contractor to provide at least a minimum quantity of specified supplies or services. A contract must indicate the benefit period, including the number of option periods, as well as the minimum and maximum quantity of supplies or services that the government will purchase under the contract. As with the IDIQs, there will be a list of requirements in the specifications (SOW). These requirements are agreed by both the State buyer and the contractor and must be fulfilled as a condition of the contract. A task order adds other requirements and/or quantities to the order. Contract contracts make it possible to keep public stocks of certain items at a minimum level and to allow direct deliveries to users of products or services.
They also allow for great flexibility, both in terms of volumes and delivery planning, and the possibility for buyers not to order supplies and services until their specific requirements are met. Perhaps most importantly, contract contracts limit the government`s obligation to the minimum quantity set out in the contract. Procurement contracts are used by buyers who cannot determine in advance the exact quantities of supplies or services they need during the term of the contract if they are not advised to commit to more than a minimum quantity. An open-ended supply contract is an acquisition tool that has gained considerable popularity over the past ten years. There are three types of supply contracts of indefinite duration: volume, volume and needs contracts. All three are used to purchase supplies and/or services when the exact dates and/or quantities of future deliveries are not known at the time of contract award. Supply contracts and contracts of indefinite duration are also referred to as supply contracts or ”mission order contracts”.. . . .