Report IDIQ For Services 5 YR Base + one 5 Year Option in Schedules, GWACS, MACs, IDIQs Posted June 23, 2021 On 6/20/2021 at 12:38 PM, formerfed said: Carl brings up some points to consider also. I personally feel five years is the longest most contracts for general support services should run. The OP never responded to my question about whether the services are covered by GSA Schedule. If they are, it’s crazy to do a new contract. Also agencies have to do is identify a group of companies they want to solicit and involve enough to ensure at least three responses. Quick and easy for both initial award and recompetition later. Occasionally there is an advantage engaging in a long term agreement with quality suppliers. If that’s the case, use of an award term provision can provide benefits. If the contractor does things like maintain/improve quality, timeliness, performance, etc. for things that are important to program needs, an award term provision where the contractor earns additional periods of performance might be good. The downside is it’s tough to identify and measure key elements that clearly benefit the government as well as the time and effort involved in assessment. I’m suggesting something like this instead of a 5 year base + a 5 year option. In theory yes, there is a GSA medium available, but that decision is way above my pay grade with it being leaderships prerogative to have our own in house program. Some of the downsides of the 5+5, is with respect to labor rates and economic price adjustments . I think you’d have to have a way to address the situation of rates not reflecting market conditions in say year 6. Heck, we even have that issue now in our 5 year IDIQ, with some labor categories, where all IDIQ holders have said “our rates are no longer in sync with the market so therefore we can’t submit an offer for a new TO requirement” (year 4 of 5). Management wasn’t interested in re-opening rates to address the specific issue. We then punted it to the open market/GSA buy team. I had come from working on supply IDIQ and we’d have items and pricing and would have language that pricing was to remain fixed for a minimum of 12 months after award and then after that the price couldn’t go up higher than a certain percentage under the EPA with supporting info. Where I work now we don’t reassess rates even if market conditions change significantly-instead leadership tells our customers “go to GSA” which begs the question , why not use GSA for the whole program. I don’t have an answer, but again that’s above my pay grade and involves office politics and the like.