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With regards to adding new work to an existing services contract, what is the best way to make a determination if the new work is within scope of the existing contract? Is the percentage (20%, 25%?) of the increased work a generally acceptable criteria?  Assuming the description of new work is within the same general scope of the current requirement.

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Percentage is a wholly unreliable indicator of in-scope.  It could be 0.001% additional and be out-of-scope, or it can be 200% additional and be within-scope.  

Is it really "new" work?  Or is it a changed approach?  The former might suggest out-of-scope -- the latter might suggest within-scope.

Here's a link to an article that might be helpful:

http://smallgovcon.com/gaobidprotests/in-scope-vs-out-of-scope-modifications-gao-explains-the-difference/

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On 3/20/2020 at 2:48 PM, ji20874 said:

Percentage is a wholly unreliable indicator of in-scope.  It could be 0.001% additional and be out-of-scope, or it can be 200% additional and be within-scope.

Not add to, but to recognize ji's forward thinking. 

Every one in contracting wants to add a % factor to decisions (would make it easier for us), but it doesn't work. Changes in scope (in or out), fair and reasonable determinations on a set-aside (5% more too much?) and a thousand  others things is not currently applicable to our jobs. 

COs make decisions based on the best information they have at the time. Make the decision and move on as best you can being a reasonable and prudent person. 

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If you have access to a copy of “Administration of Government Contracts” , there is some good coverage of scope determination in it. Every acquisition professional involved in contract formation or contract administration should have a personal copy If their office “can’t afford” to buy one.   

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