B-230312, B-230663, Jun 1, 1988, Office of General Counsel

B-230312,B-230663: Jun 1, 1988

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Example of such circumstances are bid protests and mistake-in-bid claims. We favor the change represented by FAR Case No. 88-07 and have no objection to the FAR Case No. 88-09.

B-230312, B-230663, Jun 1, 1988, Office of General Counsel

PROCUREMENT - Socio-Economic Policies - Small business 8(a) subcontracting - Options - Federal procurement regulations/laws - Revision 1. In response to a proposed change to Parts 19 and 52 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), the General Accounting Office has no objection to provisions specifying that small business subcontracting plans for contracts containing options must separately address both the basic and option quantities. PROCUREMENT - Special Procurement Methods/Categories - Options - Federal procurement regulations/laws - Revision 2. In response to a proposed change to Parts 17, 37 and 52 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), the General Accounting Office favors the provisions which would enable the government to require the continued performance of services within limits not to exceed 6 months and at the rates specified in the contract pending the resolution of circumstances beyond the control of the contracting agency which preclude the award of a basic contract for recurring services.

Margaret A. Willis

FAR Secretariat

General Services Administration:

This responds to your request for our comments on two proposals to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) with respect to contract options.

FAR Case No. 88-07 would amend FAR Parts 17, 37 and 52 to permit contracting officers to include a contract option provision enabling the government to require the continued performance of services not to exceed 6 months and at the rates specified in the contract where circumstances beyond the control of the contracting agency preclude the award of a basic contract for recurring services. Example of such circumstances are bid protests and mistake-in-bid claims.

FAR Case No. 88-09 would amend FAR Secs. 19.704 and 52.219-9 to specify that small business subcontracting plans for contracts containing options must separately address both the basic and option quantities.

We favor the change represented by FAR Case No. 88-07 and have no objection to the FAR Case No. 88-09.