ACQUISITIONS AFFECTED BY CHANGES: All SBIR and STTR contracts.
ACTION REQUIRED BY CONTRACTING OFFICERS: Use Alternate III to 1852.235-73, Final Scientific and Technical Reports in SBIR and STTR contracts.
CLAUSE CHANGES: This PN adds an Alternate III to 1852.235-73, Final Scientific and Technical Reports.
PARTS AFFECTED: Changes are made in Parts 1832, 1835, and 1852.
REPLACEMENT PAGES: You may use the enclosed pages to replace 32:5, 32:6, 35:7, 35:8, 52:81, 52:82, 52:83, 52:84, 52:85, 52:86, 52:87, 52:88, 52-119, and 52-120 of the NFS.
TYPE OF RULE AND PUBLICATION DATE: The PN was published as a final rule in the Federal Register (70 FR 2022) on January 12, 2005.
CANCELLATION: PIC 03-08 is cancelled.
HEADQUARTERS CONTACT: Celeste Dalton, Contract Management Division (Code ID010); (202) 358-1645; e-mail: Celeste.M.Dalton@nasa.gov.
James A. Balinskas
Director, Contract Management Division
1832.501-2 Unusual progress payments.
The Director of the Headquarters Office of Procurement, Contract Management Division (Code HK) is the approval authority for the use of unusual progress payments.
1832.502 Preaward matters.
1832.502-2 Contract finance office clearance.
The Director of the Headquarters Office of Procurement Contract Management Division (Code HK) is the approval authority for the actions at FAR 32.502-2, except the Assistant Administrator for Procurement (Code HK) is the approval authority for any deviations addressed in FAR 32.502-2(b).
1832.502-4 Contract clauses.
1832.502-470 NASA contract clause.
The contracting officer may insert a clause substantially as stated at 1852.232-82, Submission of Requests for Progress Payments, in fixed-price solicitations and contracts that provide for progress payments. The recipient of the requests and number of copies may be changed as required.
1832.503 Postaward matters.
1832.503-5 Administration of progress payments.
(c)(i) If the contractor requests it and the contracting officer approving individual progress payments agrees, the administration of progress payments may be based on the overall contract agreement. Under this method, the contractor must include a supporting schedule with each request for a progress payment. The schedule should identify the costs applicable to each order.
(ii) The contracting officer may treat a group of orders as a single unit for administration of progress payments if each order in the group is subject to a uniform liquidation rate and under the jurisdiction of the same payment office.
(c) Unusual progress payments to subcontractors shall be approved in accordance with 1832.501-2.
Subpart 1832.7--Contract Funding
1832.702-70 NASA policy.
(a) Cost-reimbursement contracts may be incrementally funded only if all the following conditions are met:
(1) The total value of the contract (including options as defined in FAR Subpart 17.2) is--
(i) $500,000 or more for R&D contracts under which no supplies are deliverable; or
(ii) $1,000,000 or more for all other contracts.
(2) The period of performance exceeds one year.
(3) The funds are not available to fund the total contract value fully at award.
(4) Initial funding of the contract is $100,000 or more.
(b) Fixed-price contracts, other than those for research and development, shall not be incrementally funded.
(c)(1) Fixed-price contracts for research and development may be incrementally funded if the conditions of 1832.702-70(a)(1) through (4) are met and the initial funding of the contract is at least 50 percent of the total fixed price.
(2) Incrementally funded fixed-price contracts shall be fully funded as soon as adequate funding becomes available.
(d) Except for a modification issued to fully fund a contract, incremental funding modifications shall not be issued for amounts totaling less than $25,000.
(e) Except for a modification issued to close out a contract, modifications deobligating funds shall not be issued for amounts totaling less than $25,000.
(f) The procurement officer, with the concurrence of the installation Chief Financial Officer, may waive any of the conditions set forth in paragraphs 1832.702-70(a) through (e). The procurement officer shall maintain a record of all such approvals during the fiscal year.
(g) A class deviation from the conditions set forth in paragraphs 1832.702-70(a) through (e) exists to permit incremental funding of contracts under Phase II of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. This deviation exists with the understanding that the contracts will be fully funded when funds become available.
1832.704 Limitation of cost or funds.
1832.704-70 Incrementally funded fixed-price contracts.
(a) Upon receipt of the contractor's notice under paragraph (c)(1) of the clause at 1852.232-77, Limitation of Funds (Fixed-Price Contract), the contracting officer shall promptly provide written notice to the contractor that the Government is --
(1) Allotting additional funds in a specified amount for continued performance;
(2) Terminating the contract; or
(3) Considering whether to allot additional funds; and
(i) The contractor is entitled to stop work in accordance with paragraph (b) of the clause at 1852.232-77, Limitation of Funds; and
(ii) Any costs expended beyond the amount specified in paragraph (a) of the clause at 1852.232-77, Limitation of Funds, are incurred at the contractor's risk.
(b) Upon determining that the contract will receive no further funds, the contracting officer shall promptly give notice of the Government's decision and terminate for the convenience of the Government.
1832.705 Contract clauses.
1832.705-2 Clauses for limitation of cost or funds.
1832.705-270 NASA clauses for limitation of cost or funds.
(2) Send the offeror a model contract, if necessary, including modifications contemplated in the offeror's statement of work, and request agreement or identification of any exceptions (the contract statement of work may summarize the proposed research, state that the research shall be conducted in accordance with certain technical sections of the proposal (which shall be identified by incorporating them into the contract by reference), and identify any changes to the proposed research);
(3) Request the offeror to complete and return certifications and representations and Standard Form 33, Solicitation, Offer, and Award, or other appropriate forms. If FAR 52.219-9, Small Business Subcontracting Plan, is required for the resultant contract, request the offeror to provide a subcontracting plan;
(5) Award a contract; and
(f) Cancellation of an NRA. When program changes, program funding, or any other reasons require cancellation of an NRA, the office issuing the NRA shall notify potential offerors by using the mailing list for the NRA.
1835.016-72 Foreign participation in NRA proposals.
Foreign proposals or
1835.070 NASA contract clauses and solicitation provision.
(a) The contracting officer shall insert the clause at 1852.235-70, Center for AeroSpace Information, in all research and development contracts, and interagency agreements and cost-reimbursement supply contracts involving research and development work.
(b) The contracting officer shall insert the clause at 1852.235-71, Key Personnel and Facilities, in contracts when source selection has been substantially predicated upon the possession by a given offeror of special capabilities, as represented by key personnel or facilities.
(c) The contracting officer shall ensure that the provision at 1852.235-72, Instructions for Responding to NASA Research Announcements, is inserted in all NRAs. The instructions may be supplemented, but only to the minimum extent necessary.
(d) The contracting officer shall insert the clause at 1852.235-73, Final Scientific and Technical Reports, in all research and development contracts, and in interagency agreements and cost-reimbursement supply contracts involving research and development work.
(1) The contracting officer, after consultation with and concurrence of the program or project manager and the center Export Control Administrator, shall insert the clause with its Alternate I when the contract includes “fundamental research” as defined at 22 CFR 120.11(8) and no prior review of data, including the final report, produced during the performance of the contract is required for export control or national security purposes before the contractor may publish, release, or otherwise disseminate the data.
(2) The contracting officer, after consultation with and concurrence by the program or project manager and where necessary the center Export Control Administrator, shall insert the clause with its Alternate II, when prior review of all data produced during the performance of the contract is required before the contractor may publish, release, or otherwise disseminate the data. For example, when data produced during performance of the contract may be subject to export control, national security restrictions, or other restrictions designated by NASA; or, to the extent the contractor receives or is given access to data that includes restrictive markings, may include proprietary information of others.
(3) Except when Alternate II applies in accordance with paragraph (d)(2) of this section, the contracting officer shall insert the clause with its Alternate III in all SBIR and STTR contracts.
(e) The contracting officer shall insert a clause substantially the same as the clause at 1852.235-74, Additional Reports of Work -- Research and Development, in all research and development contracts, and in interagency agreements and cost-reimbursement supply contracts involving research and development work, when periodic reports, such as monthly or quarterly reports, or reports on the completion of significant units or phases of work are required for monitoring contract performance. The clause should be modified to reflect the reporting requirements of the contract and to indicate the timeframe for submission of the final report.
(4) Evaluation of the cost of a proposed effort may include the realism and reasonableness of the proposed cost and available funds.
(j) Evaluation Techniques. Selection decisions will be made following peer and/or scientific review of the proposals. Several evaluation techniques are regularly used within NASA. In all cases proposals are subject to scientific review by discipline specialists in the area of the proposal. Some proposals are reviewed entirely in-house, others are evaluated by a combination of in-house and selected external reviewers, while yet others are subject to the full external peer review technique (with due regard for conflict-of-interest and protection of proposal information), such as by mail or through assembled panels. The final decisions are made by a NASA selecting official. A proposal which is scientifically and programmatically meritorious, but not selected for award
during its initial review, may be included in subsequent reviews unless the proposer requests otherwise.
(k) Selection for Award.
(1) When a proposal is not selected for award, the proposer will be notified. NASA will explain generally why the proposal was not selected. Proposers desiring additional information may contact the selecting official who will arrange a debriefing.
(2) When a proposal is selected for award, negotiation and award will be handled by the procurement office in the funding installation. The proposal is used as the basis for negotiation. The contracting officer may request certain business data and may forward a model award instrument and other information pertinent to negotiation.
(l) Additional Guidelines Applicable to Foreign Proposals and Proposals Including Foreign Participation.
welcomes proposals from outside the
(2) All foreign proposals must be typewritten in
English and comply with all other submission requirements stated in the
NRA. All foreign proposals will undergo
the same evaluation and selection process as those originating in the
Successful and unsuccessful foreign entities will be contacted directly
by the NASA sponsoring office. Copies of
these letters will be sent to the foreign
sponsor. Should a foreign proposal or a
(4) Depending on the nature and extent of the proposed cooperation, these arrangements may entail:
(i) An exchange of letters between NASA and the foreign sponsor; or
(ii) A formal Agency-to-Agency Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
(m) Cancellation of NRA. NASA reserves the right to make no awards under this NRA and to cancel this NRA. NASA assumes no liability for canceling the NRA or for anyone's failure to receive actual notice of cancellation.
(End of provision)
1852.235-73 Final Scientific and Technical Reports.
As prescribed in 1835.070(d) insert the following clause:
Final Scientific and Technical Reports
(a) The Contractor shall submit to the Contracting Officer a final report that summarizes the
results of the entire contract, including recommendations and conclusions based on the experience and results obtained. The final report should include tables, graphs, diagrams, curves, sketches, photographs, and drawings in sufficient detail to explain comprehensively the results achieved under the contract.
(b) The final report shall be of a quality suitable for publication and shall follow the formatting and stylistic guidelines contained in NPR 2200.2A, Guidelines for Documentation, Approval, and Dissemination of NASA Scientific and Technical Information. Electronic formats for submission of reports should be used to the maximum extent practical. Before electronically submitting reports containing scientific and technical information (STI) that is export-controlled or limited or restricted, contact the Contracting Officer to determine the requirements to electronically transmit these forms of STI. If appropriate electronic safeguards are not available at the time of submission, a paper copy or a CD-ROM of the report shall be required. Information regarding appropriate electronic formats for final reports is available at http://www.sti.nasa.gov under “Publish STI – Electronic File Formats.”
(c) The last page of the final report shall be a completed Standard Form (SF) 298, Report Documentation Page.
(d) In addition to the final report submitted
to the Contracting Officer, the Contractor shall concurrently provide to the Center STI/Publication
Manager and the
Center for AeroSpace Information (CASI)
Attn: Acquisitions Collections
(e) In accordance with paragraph (d) of the Rights in Data --General clause (52.227-14) of this contract, the Contractor may publish, or otherwise disseminate, data produced during the performance of this contract, including data contained in the final report, and any additional reports required by 1852.235-74 when included in the contract, without prior review by NASA. The Contractor is responsible for reviewing publication or dissemination of the data for conformance with laws and regulations governing its distribution, including intellectual property rights, export control, national security and other requirements, and to the extent the contractor receives or is given access to data necessary for the performance of the contract which contain restrictive markings, for complying with such restrictive markings. Should the Contractor seek to publish or otherwise disseminate the final report, or any additional reports required by 1852.235-74 if applicable, as delivered to NASA under this contract, the Contractor may do so once NASA has completed its document availability authorization review, and availability of the report has been determined.
(End of clause)
As prescribed by 1835.070(d)(1), insert the following as paragraph (e) of the basic clause:
(e) The data resulting from this research activity is “fundamental research” which will be broadly shared within the scientific community. No foreign national access or dissemination restrictions apply to this research activity. The Contractor may publish, release, or otherwise disseminate data produced during the performance of this contract, including the final report, without prior review by NASA for export control or national security purposes. However, NASA retains the right to review the final report to ensure that proprietary information, which may have been provided to the Contractor, is not released without authorization and for consistency with NASA publication standards. Additionally, the Contractor is responsible for reviewing any publication, release, or dissemination of the data for conformance with other restrictions expressly set forth in this contract, and to the extent it receives or is given access to data necessary for the performance of the contract which contain restrictive markings, for compliance with such restrictive markings.
As prescribed by 1835.070(d)(2), insert the following as paragraph (e) of the basic clause:
(e) Data resulting from this research activity may be subject to export control, national security restrictions or other restrictions designated by NASA; or, to the extent the Contractor receives or is given access to data necessary for the performance of the contract which contain restrictive markings, may include proprietary information of others. Therefore, the Contractor shall not publish, release, or otherwise disseminate, except to NASA, data produced during the performance of this contract, including data contained in the final report and any additional reports required by 1852.235-74 when included in the contract, without prior review by NASA. Should the Contractor seek to publish, release, or otherwise disseminate data produced during the performance of this contract, the Contractor may do so once NASA has completed its document availability authorization review and the availability of the data has been determined.
(End of clause)
As prescribed by 1835.070(d)(3), insert the following as paragraph (e) of the basic clause:
(e) The Contractor’s rights in data are defined in FAR 52.227-20, Rights In Data – SBIR Program. The Contractor may publish, or otherwise disseminate, such data without prior review by NASA. The Contractor is responsible for reviewing publication or dissemination of the data for conformance with laws and regulations governing its distribution, including intellectual property rights, export control, national security and other requirements, and to the extent the Contractor receives or is given access to data necessary for the performance of the contract which contain restrictive markings, for complying with such restrictive markings. In the event the Contractor has established its claim to copyright data produced under this contract and has affixed a copyright notice and acknowledgement of Government sponsorship, or has affixed the SBIR Rights Notice contained in paragraph (d) of FAR 52.227-20, the Government shall comply with such Notices.
1852.235-74 Additional Reports of Work -- Research and Development.
As prescribed in 1835.070(e), insert a clause substantially the same as the following:
In addition to the final report required under this contract, the Contractor shall submit the following report(s) to the Contracting Officer:
(a) Monthly progress reports. The Contractor shall submit separate monthly reports of all work accomplished during each month of contract performance. Reports shall be in narrative form, brief, and informal. They shall include a quantitative description of progress, an indication of any current problems that may impede performance, proposed corrective action, and a discussion of the work to be performed during the next monthly reporting period.
(b) Quarterly progress reports. The Contractor shall submit separate quarterly reports of all work accomplished during each three-month period of contract performance. In addition to factual data, these reports should include a separate analysis section interpreting the results obtained, recommending further action, and relating occurrences to the ultimate objectives of the contract. Sufficient diagrams, sketches, curves, photographs, and drawings should be included to convey the intended meaning.
(c) Submission dates. Monthly and quarterly reports shall be submitted by the 15th day of the month following the month or quarter being reported. If the contract is awarded beyond the middle of a month, the first monthly report shall cover the period from award until the end of the following month. No monthly report need be submitted for the third month of contract effort for which a quarterly report is required. No quarterly report need be submitted for the final three months of contract effort since that period will be covered in the final report. The final report shall be submitted within ____days after the completion of the effort under the contract.
(End of clause)
1852.236-71 Additive or Deductive Items.
As prescribed in 1836.570(a), insert the following provision:
ADDITIVE OR DEDUCTIVE ITEMS
(a) The low bidder for purposes of award shall be the conforming responsible bidder offering the low aggregate amount for the first or base bid item, plus or minus (in order of priority listed in the Schedule) those additive or deductive bid items providing the most features of the work within the funds determined by the Government to be available before bids are opened. If addition of another bid item in the listed order of priority would make the award exceed those funds for all bidders, it shall be skipped and the next subsequent additive bid item in a lower amount shall be added for each bid if award on it can be made within the funds.
(b) An example for one bid is an amount available of $100,000, a bidder's base bid of $85,000, and four successive additives of $10,000, $8,000, $6,000, and $4,000. In this example, the aggregate amount of the bid for purposes of award would be $99,000 for the base bid plus the first and fourth additives, the second and third additives being skipped because either of them would cause the aggregate bid to exceed $100,000.
(c) All bids shall be evaluated on the basis of the same additive or deductive bid items. The listed order of priority must be followed only for determining the low bidder. After determination of the low bidder, award in the best interests of the Government may be made to that bidder on its base bid and any combination of its additive or deductive bid items for which funds are determined to be available at the time of the award, provided that award of the combination of bid items does not exceed the amount offered by any other conforming responsible bidder for the same combination of bid items.
(End of provision)
1852.236-72 Bids with Unit Prices.
As prescribed in 1836.570(b), insert the following provision:
BIDS WITH UNIT PRICES
(a) All extensions of the unit prices bid will be subject to verification by the Government. If there is variation between the unit price and any extended amounts, the unit price will be considered to be the bid.
(b) If a modification to a bid based on unit prices that provides for a lump-sum adjustment to the total estimated cost is submitted, the application of the lump sum adjustment to each unit
price in the bid must be stated. If it is not stated, the lump-sum adjustment shall be applied on a pro rata basis to every unit price in the bid.
(End of provision)
1852.236-73 Hurricane Plan.
As prescribed in 1836.570(c), insert the following clause:
In the event of a hurricane warning, the Contractor shall--
(a) Inspect the area and place all materials possible in a protected location;
(b) Tie down, or identify and store, all outside equipment and materials;
(c) Clear all surrounding areas and roofs of buildings, or tie down loose material, equipment, debris, and any other objects that could otherwise be blown away or blown against existing buildings; and
(d) Ensure that temporary erosion controls are adequate.
(End of clause)
1852.236-74 Magnitude of Requirement.
As prescribed in 1836.570(d), insert the following provision:
MAGNITUDE OF REQUIREMENT
The Government estimated price range of this project is between $ and $ . [Insert the estimated dollar range.]
(End of provision)
As prescribed in 1836.7004, insert the following clause:
PARTNERING FOR CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS
(a) The terms “partnering” and “partnership” used herein shall mean a relationship of open communication and close cooperation that involves both Government and Contractor personnel working together for the purpose of establishing a mutually beneficial, proactive, cooperative environment within which to achieve contract objectives and resolve issues and implementing actions as required.
(b) Partnering will be a voluntary commitment mutually agreed upon by at least NASA and the prime contractor, and preferably the subcontractors and the A&E design contractor, if applicable. Sustained commitment to the process is essential to assure success of the relationship.
(c) NASA intends to facilitate contract management by encouraging the foundation of a cohesive partnership with the Contractor, its subcontractors, the A&E design contractor, and NASA’s contract management staff. This partnership will be structured to draw on the strengths of each organization to identify and achieve mutual objectives. The objectives are intended to complete the contract requirements within budget, on schedule, and in accordance with the plans and specifications.
(d) To implement the partnership, it is anticipated that within 30 days of the Notice to Proceed the prime Contractor’s key personnel, its subcontractors, the A&E design contractor, and NASA personnel will attend a partnership development and team building workshop. Follow-up team building workshops will be held periodically throughout the duration of the contract as agreed to by the Government and the Contractor.
(e) Any cost with effectuating the partnership will be agreed to in advance by both parties and will be shared with no change in the contract price. The contractor’s share of the costs are not recoverable under any other Government award.
(End of clause)
1852.237-70 Emergency Evacuation Procedures.
As prescribed at 1837.110-70(a), insert the following clause:
EMERGENCY EVACUATION PROCEDURES
The contractor shall assure that its personnel at Government facilities are familiar with the functions of the Government's emergency evacuation procedures. If requested by the Contracting Officer, the Contractor shall designate an individual or individuals as contact points to provide for efficient and rapid evacuation of the facility if and when required.
(End of clause)
1852.237-71 Pension Portability.
As prescribed at 1837.110-70(b), insert the following clause:
(a) In order for pension costs attributable to employees assigned to this contract to be allowable costs under this contract, the plans covering such employees must:
(1) Comply with all applicable Government laws and regulations;
(2) Be a defined contribution plan, or a multiparty defined benefit plan operated under a collective bargaining agreement. In either case, the plan must be portable, i.e., the plan follows the employee, not the employer;
(3) Provide for 100 percent employee vesting at the earlier of one year of continuous employee service or contract termination; and
(4) Not be modified, terminated, or a new plan adopted without the prior written approval of the cognizant NASA Contracting Officer.
(b) The Contractor shall include paragraph (a) of this clause in subcontracts for continuing services under a service contract if:
(1) The prime contract requires pension portability;
(2) The subcontracted labor dollars (excluding any burdens or profit/fee) exceed $2,500,000 and ten percent of the total prime contract labor dollars (excluding any burdens or profit/fee); and
(3) Either of the following conditions exists:
(i) There is a continuing need for the same or similar subcontract services for a minimum of five years (inclusive of options), and if the subcontractor changes, a high percentage of the predecessor subcontractor’s employees are expected to remain with the program; or
(ii) The employees under a predecessor subcontract were covered by a portable pension plan, a follow-on subcontract or a subcontract consolidating existing services is awarded, and the total subcontract period covered by the plan covers a minimum of five years (including both the predecessor and successor subcontracts).
(End of clause)
1852.239-70 Alternate Delivery Points.
As prescribed in 1839.106-70(a)(1), insert the following clause:
ALTERNATE DELIVERY POINTS
(a) The first priority of this contract is to satisfy the anticipated requirements of (identify contracting activity). However, should the actual requirements of (contracting activity) be less than the maximum quantities/values specified in Section B of this contract, (contracting activity) may order the remaining available quantities/values to satisfy the requirements of other installations. The other installations at which delivery may be required are:
(List installations and their locations)
(b) The prices of the deliverables in Section B are F.O.B. destination to (contracting activity). If delivery to an alternate location is ordered, an equitable adjustment may be negotiated to recognize any variances in transportation costs associated with delivery to that alternate location.
(End of clause)
As prescribed in 1839.106-70(a)(2), delete paragraph (b) and substitute the following:
(b) The prices of the deliverables in Section B are F.O.B. origin with delivery to NASA via Government bill of lading (GBL). If delivery to an alternate location is ordered, the same delivery procedures will be used and no equitable adjustment to any price, term, or condition of this contract will be made as a result of such order.
(End of clause)
1852.241-70 Renewal of Contract.
As prescribed in 1841.501-70, insert the following clause:
RENEWAL OF CONTRACT
This contract is renewable on an annual basis at the option of the Government, by the Contracting Officer giving written notice of renewal to the Contractor at least days before expiration. If the Government exercises this option for renewal, the contract as renewed shall be deemed to include this option provision. However, the total duration of this contract, including the exercise of any options under this clause, shall not exceed years.
(End of clause)