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Request for Proposal

AHRQ-2009-10003

Contents

PART I
   Section A: Solicitation
   Section B: Supplies or Services & Prices/Costs
   Section C: Description/Specifications/Work Statement
   (Also refer to Attachment 5)
   Section D: Packaging and Marking
   Section E: Inspection and Acceptance
   Section F: Deliveries or Performance
   Section G: Contract Administration Data
   Section H: Special Contract Requirements
PART II
   Section I. Contract Clauses
PART III
   Section J: List of Attachments
PART IV
   Section K: Representations and Instructions
   Section L: Instructions, Conditions & Notices to Offerors
   Section M: Evaluation Factors for Award
Attachments
   1. Domain 1 Proposal Specifications
   2. Domain 2 Proposal Specification
   3. Domain 3 Proposal Specification
   4. Domain 4 Proposal Specification
   5. Section C—Statement of Work
   6. Past Performance Questionnaire and Contractor Performance Form
   7. Proposal Intent Response Sheet

 

PART I — THE SCHEDULE

Request for Proposal No. AHRQ-09-10003

SECTION A — SOLICITATION FORM

Date Issued: January 6, 2009
Date Due: February 19, 2009
Time Due: 12:00 pm (noon), EST
Intent Notice Due: January 21, 2009

You are invited to submit a proposal to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) for Request for Proposal (RFP) No. AHRQ-2009-10003, entitled "Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) National Resource Center for Health IT (NRC)". Your proposal must be developed and submitted in accordance with the requirements and instructions of this RFP.

It is anticipated that multiple awards will be made. The type of contract is task order (indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity). Individual Task orders (delivery orders) written against the base contract may be firm fixed price, cost reimbursement, or performance-based cost plus award fee.

The period of performance will be one year with 4 one-year options.

AHRQ anticipates awarding contracts under this RFP for each of four separate domain areas:

Domain 1 — Support for Health IT Program Management, Guidance, Assessment and Planning
Domain 2 — Health IT Technical Assistance, Content Development, Program Related Projects and Studies
Domain 3 — Health IT Dissemination, Communication and Marketing
Domain 4 — Health IT Portal Infrastructure Management and Website Design and Usability Support

The Statement of Work (Section C) describes the four domains of this requirement. Offerors may choose to submit proposals for one or more of the domains, but are strongly encouraged to submit proposals only for those domains in which they are particularly qualified. Resultant contracts will specify the domain under which the contractor is eligible to receive task orders.

It is AHRQ's desire to award contracts to a mixture of large and small businesses. While the RFP is classified as full and open competition, AHRQ's intent is to reserve some awards in some of the domains for small business as follows:

Domain 1 — Unrestricted
Domain 2 — 20% of total contract awards reserved for small business
Domain 3 — 50% of total contract awards reserved for small business
Domain 4 — 20% of total contract awards reserved for small business

Should an insufficient number of small businesses be deemed to be technically qualified in each domain, AHRQ reserves the right to award to other than small business to reach the required number of awards needed in each domain. AHRQ anticipates awarding approximately 3-6, but no more than 10 contract awards in each of the four domains. This is an estimate only and AHRQ reserves the right to award more or fewer contracts per domain area.

There will be multiple North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes for this acquisition. The small business size standard will vary with the different domains. Go to Section L.15 of this solicitation for the NAICS codes for the separate domains.

PLEASE NOTE: A SEPARATE PROPOSAL MUST BE SUBMITTED FOR EACH DOMAIN FOR WHICH YOU WISH TO BE CONSIDERED. THE COVER PAGE OF THE PROPOSAL SHOULD CLEARLY SHOW THE DOMAIN NUMBER AND YOUR BUSINESS SIZE CLASSIFICATION. EACH PROPOSAL SHOULD BE SUBMITTED IN A SEPARATE MAILING/PACKAGE WITH THE DOMAIN NUMBER CLEARLY INDICATED SO IT CAN BE SENT TO THE CORRECT REVIEW PANEL. ATTACHMENTS 1 THROUGH 4 PROVIDE DOMAIN-SPECIFIC PROPOSAL SPECIFICATIONS.

Each proposal should include the following for the domain for which you wish to be considered:

A. Technical Proposal (In Section L.9) (Original and 12 hard copies plus two electronic copies on CD)
B. Past Performance Information (In Section L.10) (Original and 2 hard copies plus two electronic copies on CD)
C. Business Proposal (In Section L.11) (Original and 5 hard copies plus two electronic copies on CD)
D. Small Disadvantaged Business Participation Plan (In Section L.12) (Original and one hard copy plus two electronic copies on CD)

Your technical proposal must be concisely written and should be limited to 100 typewritten pages (double-spaced), exclusive of personnel qualifications (i.e., resume, etc., go to Section L.9 for additional details). This limitation is for administrative purposes only and exceeding the limitation shall not, of itself, be considered a basis for rejection of your proposal.

As part of the business proposal, offerors shall provide an original and five (5) copies of their cost/price proposal, only to the extent that it shall include:

  1. Certified, unloaded, labor rates for individuals expected to work on a project of this size and nature. Labor classifications for the specific Domains are at Attachments 1 through 4.
  2. Documentation indicating that the offeror has a cost accounting system in place which allows for the collection, tracking and reporting of all costs under a cost reimbursement-type contract.
  3. Documentation that the offeror has a current indirect cost rate agreement in place with a federal agency or that is in the process of obtaining or revising such an agreement. A copy of the indirect cost rate agreement or the proposed rate agreement must be provided.

Your proposal must provide the full name of your company, the address, including county, Tax Identification Number (TIN), DUN and Bradstreet No., and if different, the address to which payment should be mailed. 

It is requested that a completed Proposal Intent form be submitted by January 21, 2009 indicating your intent to submit a proposal under this RFP. The form also allows you to be included on a bidders list (that will be posted as an amendment to this RFP) for possible networking and collaboration with other interested offerors.

The following information is only applicable if and when a task order award is made over the $550,000 threshold. The AHRQ recommended goal (as a percentage of total planned subcontracting dollars for the base period) is 19% for Small Businesses, which shall include at least 5.5% (as a percentage of total contract value for the base period) for Small Disadvantaged Businesses, at least 5% (as a percentage of total planned subcontract dollars for the base period) for Women-Owned Small Businesses, and at least 3% (as a percentage of total planned subcontract dollars for the base period) for HUBZone Small Businesses and at least 3% (as a percentage of total planned subcontract dollars for the base period) for Veteran-Owned Small Businesses. THESE GOALS REPRESENT AHRQ'S EXPECTATION OF THE MINIMUM LEVEL FOR SUBCONTRACTING.

YOUR ATTENTION IS CALLED TO THE LATE PROPOSAL PROVISIONS PROVIDED IN SECTION L.3 OF THIS RFP. YOUR ATTENTION IS ALSO DIRECTED TO THE TECHNICAL PROPOSAL INSTRUCTIONS PROVIDED IN SECTION L.9 OF THE SOLICITATION.

Questions regarding this solicitation shall be received in this office no later than January 21, 2009. (Refer to Section L.6).   All questions shall be submitted electronically by e-mail to Sharon Williams, Contracting Officer at the following email address: sharon.williams@ahrq.hhs.gov.

Discussions with any other individual outside the Division of Contracts Management, may result in rejection of the potential offeror's proposal.

The proposal shall be signed by an authorized official to bind your organization and must be received in our Contracts Office no later than 12 noon, ET, local prevailing time, on February 19, 2009. Your proposal must be mailed to the following address:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Division of Contracts Management
540 Gaither Road
Rockville, Maryland  20850

Hand carried proposals may be dropped off at the above location. However, please allow ample time as proposals cannot be accepted until they have gone through security. We will not be held responsible for any delays that may be incurred getting your proposal through security. 

NOTE: The U.S. Postal Service's "Express Mail" does not deliver to our Rockville, Maryland address.  Packages delivered via this service will be held at a local post office for pick-up. The Government will not be responsible for picking up any mail at a local post office. If a proposal is not received at the place, date, and time specified herein, it will be considered a "late proposal."

The RFP does not commit the Government to pay any cost for the preparation and submission of a proposal. It is also brought to your attention that the Contracting Officer is the only individual who can legally commit the Government to the expenditure of public funds in connection with the proposed acquisition.

In accordance with Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2001-16, all contractors must be registered in the central contractor registration (CCR) database in order to conduct business with the government [Refer to Section I - FAR clause 52.204-7 Central Contractor Registration (OCT 2003), Alternate 1 (Oct 2003)]. As stated in paragraph (h) of this clause, additional information can be obtained at http://www.ccr.gov or by calling 1-888-227-2423, or 269-961-5757.

Requests for any information concerning this RFP should be referred to Sharon Williams, (301) 427-1781.

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SECTION B-SUPPLIES OR SERVICES AND PRICES/COSTS

B.1 BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF SUPPLIES OR SERVICES

The purpose of these contracts and subsequent task orders is to maintain, serve, and support the AHRQ National Resource Center for Health Information Technology (NRC).

Go to Section C for a complete description.

B.2 PRICES/COST

This indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract will remain in effect for a one-year base period with four one-year option periods. Option years may be exercised by the Government by issuance of a unilateral contract modification. Each Task Order will specify its period of performance. Task Orders can be awarded with options, which would allow them to exceed 12 months, but no more than 60 months if all potential options were exercised. For each successful award, there will be a one time "minimum guarantee" award amount of $25,000 during the life of the contract which includes all option years, if exercised. This amount can only be claimed at the end of the contract period and only if the Contractor has submitted proposals on all Task Orders offered to it during the years for which the Contractor is eligible. The ceiling amount for all contracts for the entire 5 years (which includes options) is $75,000,000. Individual ceiling amounts will be established for each base contract awarded based on the anticipated level of work required under each Domain.

Task Orders will be awarded under this contract and prices/costs will be negotiated individually for each Task Order under this contract at time of award of the Task Order. Task Orders may be cost-reimbursement, firm fixed-price, or performance-based cost plus award fee. Specific terms and conditions regarding reimbursement and payment will be specifically delineated in each Task Order.

B.3 PROPOSED LABOR RATES FOR TASK ORDERS 

Offerors shall provide appropriate staff for work on task orders.

For purposes of evaluating proposals for the base contract awards, offerors shall propose direct labor rates or ranges of rates for the categories of labor identified for each domain for which the offeror is submitting a proposal. These rates will be used to determine reasonableness of cost/price. Refer to the appropriate attachment (Attachments 1 through 4) for the labor categories specific for each domain.

These labor categories are examples of the primary labor sources anticipated as necessary to perform contract tasks. When a Request for Task Order Proposal is issued, actual labor rates will be required in the offeror's proposal.

Note: Direct labor rates only shall be provided... NOT loaded rates with fringe benefits, overhead, general and administrative costs, etc. (Ranges in rates may be provided)

DOMAIN NUMBER: _________________________________

LABOR CATEGORY HOURLY RATE

Class descriptions are listed in the Domain Specific Proposal Instructions at Attachments 1-4.

Class I $ _____________________________
Class II $ _____________________________
Class III $ _____________________________
Class IV $ _____________________________

B.4 PROVISIONS APPLICABLE TO DIRECT COSTS

  1. Unless otherwise provided by this contract or unless authorized in writing by the Contracting Officer, the costs of the following items or activities shall be unallowable as direct costs:
    1. Acquisition, by purchase or lease, of any interest in real property;
    2. Rearrangement or alteration of facilities;
    3. Purchase or lease of any item of general purpose-office furniture or office equipment regardless of dollar value. (General purpose equipment is defined as any items of personal property which are usable for purposes other than research, such as office equipment and furnishings, pocket calculators, etc.);
    4. Accountable Government property (defined as both real and personal property with an acquisition cost of $1,000 or more, with a life expectancy of more than two years) and "sensitive items" (defined and listed in the Contractor's Guide for Control of Government Property, 1990, regardless of acquisition value;
    5. Travel to attend general scientific meetings;
    6. Foreign Travel;
    7. Any costs incurred prior to the contract's effective date;
    8. Rental of meeting rooms not otherwise expressly paid for by the contract;
    9. Any formal subcontract arrangements not otherwise expressly provided for in the contract
    10. Consultant fees in excess of $1000/day
    11. Information Technology hardware or software. The Contractor is required to provide its own IT equipment and software adequate to fully satisfy all operational requirements of the Task Orders awarded under this contract; and
    12. Food/ Beverages.
  2. This contract is subject to the provisions of Public Law (P.L.) 99-234 which amends the Office of Federal Procurement Policy Act to provide that contractor costs for travel, including lodging, other subsistence, and incidental expenses, shall be allowable only to the extent that they do not exceed the amount allowed for Federal employees. The Contractor, therefore, shall invoice and be reimbursed for all travel costs in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) 31.205-46.

B.5 TASK ORDERS

Individual Task Orders will be issued as requirements occur. Task Orders will specify work to be performed and will reflect the labor rates of the proposed staff in effect when the Task Order is issued. The terms and conditions set forth in the contract will always apply. Task Orders may be negotiated and awarded on a cost reimbursement, firm fixed price or performance-based cost plus award fee basis. The pricing arrangement, the cost or price and the period of performance will be established for each Task order. The period of performance of a Task Order may extend past the IDIQ contract's expiration date. It will be the determination of AHRQ on how to issue the Request for Task Order Proposals (RFTOPs) and for which domain. For those domains with large and small business areas, the decision will be made depending on the project to issue the Task Order on a small business set-aside basis or under both the large and small business areas.

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SECTION C - DESCRIPTION/SPECIFICATIONS/WORK STATEMENT

Independently and not as an agent of the Government, the Contractor shall be required to furnish all the necessary services, qualified personnel, material, equipment, and facilities, not otherwise provided by the Government as needed to perform the Statement of Work, Attachment 5.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) requires support for the Agency's Health Information Technology portfolio by maintaining, serving as, and supporting the AHRQ National Resource Center for Health Information Technology (NRC) and its associated activities.

AHRQ will award multiple IDIQ contracts as a result of this solicitation. To the maximum extent possible, each awardee will be given a fair opportunity to be considered for each Task Order for which it is eligible to compete. AHRQ will determine which Contractor will perform individual task orders based on the evaluation criteria contained in the Request for Task Order.

By GAO rule, the set-aside provisions of Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 19.502-2(b) apply to competitions for task orders issued under multiple-award contracts. Accordingly, when the need for a Task Order arises, the Government will first determine if it is possible to limit the competition to small businesses within the domain if there is a reasonable expectation of receiving offers from at least two capable, responsible small business concerns and if the award can be made at a fair market price. Otherwise, it is anticipated that all contractors within the domain will be given the opportunity to compete for the Task Order.

As requirements arise, the Contracting Officer shall issue Request for Task Order Proposals (RFTOP) to Contractors who have been awarded a contract with eligibility in the specific domain(s) applicable to the task. Each Contractor shall have the opportunity to respond with a Task Order Proposal in accordance with the instructions provided. The RFTOP shall include a statement of work, schedule of deliverables, technical evaluation criteria and additional instructions as needed for each individual Task Order.

Each eligible Contractor will be provided a fair opportunity to be considered for each Task Order. However, the Government may issue a sole source RFTOP if one of more of the following conditions exist:

  1. When the dollar value of the order is less than $2500.
  2. When the need for the service is of such urgency that providing all Contractors an opportunity would not be in the best interest of the Government.
  3. When only one Contractor is capable of providing the service required at the level of quality required because the service is unique or highly specialized.
  4. When the Task Order is a logical follow-on to an Order already issued.
  5. When required to fulfill a minimum order.

Requests for Task Orders will be issued by the Contracting Officer primarily electronically through e-mail or internet but they can also be issued by facsimile or mail. Contractors are required to have internet or external electronic mail capabilities. When a RFTOP is issued, the Contractor shall provide a proposal containing both technical and cost/price information for performing the required services. Some RFTOPs will contain quick turn-around due dates.

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SECTION D - PACKAGING AND MARKING

All deliverables required under this contract shall be packaged, marked, and shipped in accordance with Government specifications. The Contractor shall guarantee that all required materials shall be delivered in immediate usable and acceptable condition.

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SECTION E - INSPECTION AND ACCEPTANCE

E.1 INSPECTION AND ACCEPTANCE

  1. The contracting officer or the duly authorized representative will perform inspection and acceptance of materials and services to be provided.
  2. For the purpose of this SECTION the Government Project Officer is the authorized technical representative of the contracting officer.
  3. Inspection and acceptance will be performed at:

    Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
    540 Gaither Road
    Rockville, Maryland  20850

E.2 CLAUSES INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE (FEB 1998)

This contract incorporates the following clause by reference, with the same force and effect as if it were given in full text. Upon request, the Contracting Officer will make its full text available.

FAR Clause No. Title and Date
52.246-5 Inspection of Services-Cost Reimbursement (April 1984)

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SECTION F - DELIVERIES OR PERFORMANCE

F.1 PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE

This is an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ)/Task Order contract for a base period of one year with four (4) one year options, for a total of five (5) years. Each option may be exercised by issuance of a unilateral modification. This contract includes services which will be ordered as the requirements arise subject to the availability of funds.

Performance of this contract shall begin on the effective date of the contract (estimated to be May 31, 2008) and shall continue for one year (estimated to be May 30, 2010) unless the period is extended by modification of the contract.

F.3  DELIVERY SCHEDULE

Each individual Task Order will have a delivery schedule. Satisfactory performance of the Task Orders shall be deemed to occur upon delivery and acceptance by the Contracting Officer or duly authorized representative.

The items in the individual Task Orders deliveries will be described in the Task Order Statement of Work and shall be delivered in accordance with and by the dates specified in the Task Order delivery schedule.

In addition to the specific requirements of the individual Task Order, the Contractor shall submit to the Contracting Officer (CO) or the Project Officer (PO) for review and approval the items specified below while a Task Order is in progress, in the quantities specified on or before the delivery date.

Description Type/Quantity Schedule
Property Report HHS Form 565, if necessary 1 to CO
1 to Property Officer
Each year on October 30
Public Vouchers, Standard Form 1034 Go to Section G.3
Original and 2 copies to CO
Monthly
Standard Form 294 — Subcontracting Report for Individual Contracts. This report is to be submitted seminannually, if subject to Subcontracting Plan Provisions. Electronic April 30
October 30
Standard Form 295 — Summary Subcontracting Report — This report is to be submitted annually, if subject to Subcontracting Plan Provisions Electronic 30 days after the close of the Federal Fiscal Year (September 30)

Note: The above delivery schedule will be required for the base year and all option years, if exercised.

Each Task Order will include its own delivery schedule but will most likely include submission of a monthly progress report.

F.3 CLAUSES INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE (FEB 1998)

This contract incorporates the following clause by reference, with the same force and effect as if they were given in full text. Upon request, the Contracting Officer will make their full text available.

FEDERAL ACQUISITION REGULATION (FAR) (48 CFR CHAPTER 1) CLAUSES
FAR Clause No. Title and Date
52.242-15 Stop Work Order (AUG 1989)

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SECTION G - CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION DATA

G.1 KEY PERSONNEL

Pursuant to the Key Personnel clause incorporated in Section I of this contract, the following individual(s) is/are considered to be essential to the work being performed hereunder:

NAME   TITLE

(TO BE COMPLETED AT TIME OF AWARD)

The clause cited above contains a requirement for review and approval by the Contracting Officer of written requests for a change of Key Personnel reasonably in advance of diverting any of these individuals from this contract. Receipt of written requests at least 30 days prior to a proposed change is considered reasonable.

G.2 PROJECT OFFICER & TASK ORDER OFFICER

The following Project Officer will represent the Government for the purpose of this contract:

(TO BE COMPLETED AT TIME OF AWARD)

For each Task Order, a Task Order Officer will be appointed and will be identified at the time of Task Order Award.

The Project Officer and Task Order Officer is/are responsible for: (1) monitoring the contractor's technical progress, including the surveillance and assessment of performance and recommending to the contracting officer changes in requirements; (2) interpreting the statement of work and any other technical performance requirements; (3) performing technical evaluation as required; (4) performing technical inspections and acceptances required by this contract; and (5) assisting in the resolution of technical problems encountered during performance.

The Contracting Officer is the only person with authority to act as an agent of the Government under this contract. Only the Contracting Officer has authority to: (1) direct or negotiate any changes in the statement of work; (2) modify or extend the period of performance; (3) change the delivery schedule; (4) authorize reimbursement to the contractor of any costs incurred during the performance of this contract; or (5) otherwise change any terms and conditions of this contract.

The Government may unilaterally change its Project Officer or Task Order Officer designation.

G.3  INVOICE SUBMISSION

a. INVOICE SUBMISSION

Billing Instructions are attached and made part of this contract. Instructions and the following directions for the submission of invoices must be followed to meet the requirements of a "proper" payment request pursuant to FAR 32.9, and must be in accordance with the General Provisions clause 52.232-25 Prompt Payment (OCT 2003). Invoices/financing requests shall be submitted in an original and three copies to:

 Invoices/financing requests shall be submitted in an original and two copies to:

Contracting Officer
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Division of Contracts Management
540 Gaither Road
Rockville, Maryland  20850

G.4 INFORMATION ON VOUCHERS

  1. The Contractor is required to include the following minimum information on vouchers:
    1. Contractor's name and invoice date;
    2. Contract Number
    3. Description and price of services actually rendered
    4. Other substantiating documentation or information as required by the contract;
    5. Name (where practicable), title, phone number, and complete mailing address or responsible official to whom payment is to be sent; and
    6. The Internal Revenue Service Taxpayer Identification Number.

  2. The Contractor shall furnish the following minimum information in support of costs submitted for cost-reimbursement task orders. Less information is required for firm fixed-price task order vouchers.
       
    1. Direct Labor - include all persons, listing the person's name, title, number of hours or days worked, hourly rate (unburdened) the total cost per person and a total amount of this category;
    2. Fringe Costs - show rate, base and total amount as well as verification/allowability or rate changes (when applicable);
    3. Overhead or Indirect Costs - show rate, base and total amount as well as verification/allowability or rate changes (when applicable);
    4. Consultants - include the name, number of days or hours worked, a total amount per consultant and a total amount for this category;
    5.  Travel - include for each airplane or train trip taken the name of the traveler, date of travel, destination, the transportation costs including ground transportation, shown separately, and per diem costs. Other travel costs shall also be listed. A total amount for this category shall be provided;
    6. Subcontractors - include for each subcontractor, the same data and level of detail that is being provided for the prime contractor. A total number for this category shall be provided.
    7. Data Processing - include all non-labor costs, i.e., computer time, equipment purchase, lease or rental, data tapes, etc.  A total amount for this category shall be provided.
    8. Other - include a listing of all other direct charges to the contract, i.e., office supplies, telephone, equipment rental, duplication, etc.
    9. Equipment Cost - itemize and identify separately from material costs including reference to approval in all cases;
    10. G&A - show rate, base and total as well as verification/allowability of rate changes (when applicable); and
    11. Fee - show rate, base and total and;
    12. Current amount billed by individual cost element and total dollar amount.

  3. Payment shall be made by:

    PSC Finance
    Parklawn Building, Room 16-23
    5600 Fishers Lane
    Rockville, Maryland 20857
    Telephone Number (301) 443-6766

G.5  INDIRECT COST RATES and FEE

In accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) (48 CFR Chapter 1) Clause 52.216-7, Allowable Cost and Payment, incorporated by reference in this contract, in Part II, Section I, the primary contact point responsible for negotiating provisional and/or final indirect cost rates is the cognizant contracting official as set forth in FAR Subpart 42.7 - Indirect Cost Rates.

Reimbursement will be limited to the rates and time periods covered by the negotiated agreements. The rates, if negotiated, are hereby incorporated without further action of the contracting officer.

G.6  ELECTRONIC FUNDS TRANSFER

Pursuant to FAR 52.232-33, Payment by Electronic Funds Transfer - Central Contractor Registration (OCT 2003), the Contractor shall designate a financial institution for receipt of electronic funds transfer payments. This designation shall be submitted, in writing, to the finance office designated in the contract.

G.7 AUTHORITY TO ISSUE CONTRACT TASK ORDERS

The Contracting Officer is the only individual authorized to issue Task Orders under this contract.

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