c. All costs associated with preparation, presentation, and/or discussion of the
Contractor s TO proposal shall be at the Contractor s expense. Post award TO
administration is an allowable expense. The Contractor is responsible for
determining the most appropriate method for recovering such costs (e.g., direct
or indirect charges to Task Orders) based on its standard accounting practices.
d. The Government will use a three tier ordering process for task order
competition as described in Section C.2. Certified Contractors under NAICS
codes with $6 million or $12.5 million size standards will be allowed to compete
on Task Orders with a life cycle value equal to or less than $5 million (Tier I).
Contractors certified with a size standard of $21 million or 500 employees will
compete on Task Orders with a life cycle value between $5 million and $40
million (Tier II). Contractors certified under the 1500 employee NAICS codes will
only compete for Task Orders with a life cycle value at more than $40 million
(Tier III). The only exception to this approach is for follow on Task Orders in
which the incumbent Contractor may compete. Tier I and Tier II Contractors are
eligible to compete in upper tiers. The Government reserves the right to deviate
from this ordering methodology if it is determined to be in the best interest of the
The below graph illustrates the above process:
Can bid upstairs
Cannot bid downstairs
= to or <$5m
e. No work will be performed and no payment will be made except as authorized
by a TO.
f. The Contracting Officer s selection decision on each TO request shall be final
and shall not be subject to the protest or disputes provisions of the contract,
except for a protest that the TO improperly increases the scope, period, or
maximum value of the contract.