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Procurement Information Circular

April 13, 2001


PURPOSE: To provide clarifications of the requirements for submitting an Administrator's Notice of Significant Contract Action (ANOSCA).

BACKGROUND: ANOSCAs are required for procurements over certain dollar thresholds, and for procurements of significant interest to Headquarters. Questions have arisen as to whether an ANOSCA is required for exercise of options. Also, the data required for inclusion in an ANOSCA has changed but has not been documented. Finally, the process for transmitting ANOSCAs to Code HS is clarified.

GUIDANCE: (1) Generally, the ANOSCA for a basic contract includes the dollar value and period of performance of priced options. Therefore, a separate ANOSCA is not required when an option exceeding the ANOSCA dollar threshold is exercised, unless there is some other aspect of significant interest to Headquarters. (2) In addition to the requirements of NFS 1805.303-71(b), the ANOSCA or the transmittal cover must include the period of performance (including all priced options), the desired date for announcing the award, and the cognizant HQ Enterprise or funding organization. (3) When Code HS is contacted prior to fax or email transmission of an ANOSCA, the contact must be "live"; leaving a voicemail or email is not sufficient, as there is no guarantee that a person so notified will be available to properly receive and handle the ANOSCA.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This PIC is effective as dated and shall remain in effect until canceled or superseded.

HEADQUARTERS CONTACT: William Childs, Code HS, (202) 358-0454, email:


R. Scott Thompson
Director, Contract Management Division