In THE MYSTERIES OF THE FAR: The “Option To Extend The Term Of The Contract” Clause, 32 Nash & Cibinic Rep. NL ¶ 25, Ralph Nash points out that, despite the widespread belief among agencies that inclusion of 52.217-9 is mandatory when option periods are included in a contract, the prescription at FAR 17.208(g) actually makes use of the clause optional under most circumstances. To have valid option periods, the Government can simply state the end date for exercising each option within the opt