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NOTE: All non-professional labor categories must be incidental to, and used solely to support professional services, and cannot be purchased separately.



1.         Scope


a.             The  prices,  terms  and  conditions  stated  under  Special  Item  Number  132-51  Information  Technology Professional Services apply exclusively to IT Professional Services within the scope of this Information Technology Schedule.


b.            The Contractor shall provide services at the Contractor’s facility and/or at the ordering activity location, as

agreed to by the Contractor and the ordering activity.



2.         Performance Incentives I-FSS-60 Performance Incentives (April 2000)


a.             Performance incentives may be agreed upon between the Contractor and the ordering activity on individual fixed price orders or Blanket Purchase Agreements under this contract.


b.            The ordering activity must establish a maximum performance incentive price for these services and/or total solutions on individual orders or Blanket Purchase Agreements.


c.             Incentives should  be  designed to  relate  results  achieved by  the  contractor to  specified targets.    To  the maximum extent practicable, ordering activities shall consider establishing incentives where performance is critical to the ordering activity’s mission and incentives are likely to motivate the contractor. Incentives shall be based on objectively measurable tasks.



3.         Order


a.             Agencies may use written orders, EDI ordersblanket purchase agreements, individual purchase orders, or task orders for ordering services under this contract. Blanket Purchase Agreements shall not extend beyond the end of the contract period; all services and delivery shall be made and the contract terms and conditions shall continue in effect until the completion of the order.  Orders for tasks which extend beyond the fiscal year for which funds are available shall include FAR 52.232-19 (Deviation May 2003) Availability of Funds for the Next Fiscal Year.  The purchase order shall specify the availability of funds and the period for which funds are available.


b.            All task orders are subject to the terms and conditions of the contract.  In the event of conflict between a task order and the contract, the contract will take precedence.



4.         Performance of Services


a.             The Contractor shall commence performance of services on the date agreed to by the Contractor and the ordering activity.


b.            The Contractor agrees to render services only during normal working hours, unless otherwise agreed to by the

Contractor and the ordering activity.






c.            The ordering activity should include the criteria for satisfactory completion for each task in the Statement of

Work or Delivery Order. Services shall be completed in a good and workmanlike manner.


d.            Any  Contractor  travel  required  in  the  performance  of  IT  Services  must  comply  with  the  Federal  Travel Regulation  or  Joint  Travel  Regulations,  as  applicable,  in  effect  on  the  date(s)  the  travel  is  performed. Established Federal Government per diem rates will apply to all Contractor travel.  Contractors cannot use GSA city pair contracts.



5.         Stop-Work Order (FAR 52.242-15) (AUG 1989)


(a)           The Contracting Officer may, at any time, by written order to the Contractor, require the Contractor to stop all, or any part, of the work called for by this contract for a period of 90 days after the order is delivered to the Contractor, and for any further period to which the parties may agree. The order shall be specifically identified as a stop-work order issued under this clause. Upon receipt of the order, the Contractor shall immediately comply with its terms and take all reasonable steps to minimize the incurrence of costs allocable to the work covered by the order during the period of work stoppage. Within a period of 90 days after a stop-work is delivered to the Contractor, or within any extension of that period to which the parties shall have agreed, the Contracting Officer shall either-


(1)           Cancel the stop-work order; or


(2)           Terminate  the  work  covered  by  the  order  as  provided  in  the  Default,  or  the  Termination  for

Convenience of the Government, clause of this contract.


(b)          If a stop-work order issued under this clause is canceled or the period of the order or any extension thereof expires, the Contractor shall resume work. The Contracting Officer shall make an equitable adjustment in the delivery schedule or contract price, or both, and the contract shall be modified, in writing, accordingly, if-


(1)           The stop-work order results in an increase in the time required for, or in the Contractor's cost properly allocable to, the performance of any part of this contract; and


(2)           The Contractor asserts its right to the adjustment within 30 days after the end of the period of work stoppage; provided, that, if the Contracting Officer decides the facts justify the action, the Contracting Officer may receive and act upon the claim submitted at any time before final payment under this contract.


(c)           If a stop-work order is not canceled and the work covered by the order is terminated for the convenience of the Government, the Contracting Officer shall allow reasonable costs resulting from the stop-work order in arriving at the termination settlement.


(d)          If  a  stop-work order  is  not  canceled  and  the  work  covered  by  the  order  is  terminated for  default,  the Contracting Officer shall allow, by equitable adjustment or otherwise, reasonable costs resulting from the stop - work order.



6.         Inspection Of Services


In accordance with FAR 52.212-4 CONTRACT TERMS AND CONDITIONS--COMMERCIAL ITEMS (MAR 2009) (DEVIATION I - FEB 2007) for Firm-Fixed Price orders and FAR 52.212-4 CONTRACT TERMS AND CONDITIONS      COMMERCIAL ITEMS (MAR 2009) (ALTERNATE I           OCT 2008) (DEVIATION I FEB 2007) applies to Time-and-Materials and Labor-Hour Contracts orders placed under this contract.






7.         Responsibilities of the Contractor


The Contractor shall comply with all laws, ordinances, and regulations (Federal, State, City, or otherwise) covering work of this character. If the end product of a task order is software, then FAR 52.227-14 (Dec 2007) Rights in Data General, may apply.



8.         Responsibilities of the Ordering Activity


Subject to security regulations, the ordering activity shall permit Contractor access to all facilities necessary to perform the requisite IT/IAM Professional Services.



9.         Independent Contractor


All IT Professional  Services performed by the Contractor under the terms of this contract shall be as an independent

Contractor, and not as an agent or employee of the ordering activity.



10.       Organizational Conflicts Of Interest


a.            Definitions.


Contractor” means the person, firm, unincorporated association, joint venture, partnership, or corporation

that is a party to this contract.


Contractor and its affiliates and Contractor or its affiliates refers to the Contractor, its chief executives, directors, officers, subsidiaries, affiliates, subcontractors at any tier, and consultants and any joint venture involving the Contractor, any entity into or with which the Contractor subsequently merges or affiliates, or any other successor or assignee of the Contractor.


An Organizational conflict of interest” exists when the nature of the work to be performed under a proposed ordering activity contract, without some restriction on ordering activities by the Contractor and its affiliates, may either (i) result in an unfair competitive advantage to the Contractor or its affiliates or (ii) impair the Contractor’s or its affiliates objectivity in performing contract work.


b.            To avoid an organizational or financial conflict of interest and to avoid prejudicing the best interests of the ordering activity, ordering activities may place restrictions on the Contractors, its affiliates, chief executives, directors, subsidiaries and subcontractors at any tier when placing orders against schedule contracts Such restrictions shall be consistent with FAR 9.505 and shall be designed to avoid, neutralize, or mitigate organizational conflicts of interest that might otherwise exist in situations related to individual orders placed against the schedule contract.   Examples of situations, which may require restrictions, are provided at FAR




11.       Invoices


The Contractor, upon completion of the work ordered, shall submit invoices for IT Professional  services.  Progress payments may be authorized by the ordering activity on individual orders if appropriate.  Progress payments shall be based upon completion of defined milestones or interim products.  Invoices shall be submitted monthly for recurring services performed during the preceding month.






12.       Payments


For  firm-fixed price  orders the  ordering activity  shall  pay  the  Contractor, upon  submission of  proper invoices  or vouchers, the prices stipulated in this contract for service rendered and accepted.  Progress payments shall be made only when authorized by the order.  For time and materials orders, the Payments under Time and Materials and Labor Hour Contracts at FAR 52.212-4 (MAR 2009) (ALTERNATE I OCT 2008) (DEVIATION I FEB 2007) applies to time and materials orders placed under this contract.  For labor hour orders, the Payment under Time and Materials and Labor Hour Contracts at FAR 52.212-4 (MAR 2009) (ALTERNATE I OCT 2008) (DEVIATION I FEB 2007) applies to labor hour orders placed under this contract. 52.216-31(Feb 2007 Time-and-Materials/Labor-Hour Proposal Requirements— Commercial Item Acquisition. As prescribed in 16.601(e)(3), insert the following provision:


(a)           The Government contemplates award of a Time-and-Materials or Labor-Hour type of contract resulting from this solicitation.


(b)           The offeror must specify fixed hourly rates in its offer that include wages, overhead, general and administrative expenses, and profit. The offeror must specify whether the fixed hourly rate for each labor category applies to labor performed by


(1) The offeror;


(2) Subcontractors; and/or


(3) Divisions, subsidiaries, or affiliates of the offeror under a common control.



13.       Resumes


Resumes shall be provided to the GSA Contracting Officer or the user ordering activity upon request.



14.       Incidental Support Costs


Incidental support costs are available outside the scope of this contract. The costs will be negotiated separately with the ordering activity in accordance with the guidelines set forth in the FAR.



15.       Approval Of Subcontracts


The ordering activity may require that the Contractor receive, from the ordering activity's Contracting Officer, written consent before placing any subcontract for furnishing any of the work called for in a task order.



16.       Description of IT/IAM Professional Services and Pricing