NOAA Acquisition Manual

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Subchapter C- Contracting Methods and Contract Types

Part 1330-17 Special Contracting Methods

Subpart 1330-17.2 Options

1330-17.207 Exercise of Options

Subpart 1330-17.5 Interagency Acquisitions

1330-17.502 Procedures

1330-17.502-2 The Economy Act



Part 1330-17 Special Contracting Methods

Subpart 1330-17.2 Options

1330-17.207 Exercise of Options


(c)(1) Funding contract option periods. See 1330-32.703-170(a)(2) for additional policy on funding contract option periods.

Subpart 1330-17.5 Interagency Acquisitions

1330-17.502 Procedures

All NOAA Interagency Agreements shall be treated consistent with and shall adhere to the policies set forth in CAM 1317.570.

1330-17.502-2 The Economy Act

(c)(1) The program office shall do the following:-

  1. Prepare a memorandum addressed to “NOAA Contracting Officer” from the program manager providing the information required to support the attached Determination and Finding (D&F) by responding to the following:
    1. Explain the need for the supplies or services,
    2. Describe why it is in the best interest of NOAA to partner with this federal agency (i.e., identify the essential capabilities or expertise the federal agency receiving the funds possesses that NOAA does not possess),
    3. Explain why the supplies or services cannot be obtained as conveniently or economically by contracting directly with a private source. A business case must be made that this action is in the best interest of NOAA, and
    4. If the Economy Act Order requires contract action by the federal agency receiving the funds from NOAA, include a statement explaining why at least one of the following circumstances applies:
      1. The acquisition will be made under an existing contract of the federal agency, entered into before placement of the order. Provide contract number and vendor,
      2. The federal agency has the capabilities or expertise to enter into a contract for such supplies or services that are not available within NOAA, or
      3. The federal agency is specifically authorized by law or regulation to purchase such supplies or services on behalf of other federal agencies.
  2. Provide a signed statement that the funds are currently available for the supplies or services, which will include the accounting code information.
  3. Attach a copy of the following documents to the D&F before submission:
    1. D&F supporting documentation (memorandum to contracting officer),
    2. Interagency Agreement, and
    3. OGC CLD review and concurrence.

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(c)(2) The contracting officer shall:
  1. Ensure that a D&F is completed for any interagency agreement transferring funding that will result in a contract being signed by a federal contracting officer. If the interagency agreement transfers funding that will not result in a contract being signed, a D&F is not required to be signed by a federal contracting officer,
  2. Review the Interagency Agreement and supporting D&F documentation,
  3. Complete and sign the D&F, if appropriate,
  4. Return the Interagency Agreement and signed D&F to the program office,
  5. Request that the LO provide a copy of the OGC CLD’s clearance memorandum for the contract file,
  6. Notify the program office and coordinate submission of a procurement request, if the contracting officer determines that it is not in the best interest for NOAA to enter into the Interagency Agreement to contract for such supplies or services, and
  7. Provide a copy of the approved D&F for assisted acquisitions to the BPO immediately after the contracting officer’s approval.

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