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Procurement Information Circular

September 25, 2000


PURPOSE: To provide a class deviation from the requirements of Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 17.204.

BACKGROUND: FAR 17.204(e) limits the term of service contracts to five (5) years including the basic contract and all options. In some unusual circumstances, the award of a follow-on contract may be delayed. These circumstances include, but are not limited to, delays in the source selection process and protests prior to award. In these cases, it may be necessary to extend the period of performance some reasonable period beyond the original contract term including options.

GUIDANCE: A class deviation from FAR 17.204(e) is provided to authorize contracting officers, with the approval of the procurement officer, to extend the period of performance beyond the original contract term including options one or more times up to a total of six (6) months. Other regulatory requirements, such as synopsis, JOFOC, etc., are still applicable. Extensions beyond six (6) months require the submission of a deviation approval request to the Associate Administrator for Procurement (Code HS). This deviation also applies to contracts initially awarded for a period of more than five (5) years.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This PIC is effective September 25, 2000, and shall remain in effect until cancelled or superceded.

HEADQUARTERS CONTACT: Tom Deback, Code HK, 202-358-0431, email:


Tom Luedtke
Associate Administrator for Procurement