Can Performance Incentives Be Included on Schedule Task Orders?
Can Schedule Task Orders Be of the “Fixed-Price Incentive” Type as Described in the FAR?
GSA Multiple Award Schedule MAS FSS Federal Supply Schedules service services task order orders ordering professional services performance incentive fixed commercial FFP FFP w/EPA T&M LH firm fixed price time and materials labor hour award fee
...and not merely as a tie-breaker or go/no-go factor?
Answer: Yes. There does not appear to be any controlling authority prohibiting the designation and weighting of a “Socioeconomic Status” evaluation factor for Schedule BPAs and orders nor is there any restriction on the use of such a factor only to break ties on quotes of equal price. In view of the clear FAR intent and consistent GSA policy on broad, discretionary use of such a best-value factor, the inclusion of socioeconomic status as an evaluation factor appears to be a matter within the reasonable discretion of the Contracting Officer.
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FAR SubPart 8.4 gives us the only terminology appropriate for Schedule ordering.
The Request for Quotation (RFQ) is the document issued by the ordering activity to firms holding Schedule contracts. Schedule contractors respond to the RFQ with quotations. FAR 8.402(d) describes eBuy as GSA’s electronic RFQ system. FAR 8.405-2 defines the only ordering procedures for services requiring a statement of work. Those are specifically called “Request for Quotation procedures” in the title of FAR 8.405-2(c). “The ordering activity shall provide the RFQ (including the statement of work and evaluation criteria) to at least three schedule contractors…” FAR 8.405-2(c)(2)(ii). Above ...<< MORE >>