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    1. Can a service contract be written for one base year with multiple options, but written with a waiting period of a year between each exercised option? 2. To provide a contractor optimum time to prepare for the next exercised option (World Wide Conference Event), is it possible to have each Period of Performance extend beyond a year since the event will not have a Line of Accounting holding it to a fiscal year? 3. Pushing creativity, can an IDIQ contract be awarded for a 5-year contract, and then award off of that IDIQ every other year and extend that task order 6 months to include preparation and the actual event with no cost to the government? I thank you for your time and look forward to your responses. Thank you,


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    Question 1. Can a service contract be written for one base year with multiple options, but written with a waiting period of a year between each exercised option? Yes, you could write a service contract this way. I'm not sure why you would want to do it this way, but it could be done.

    Question 2.  To provide a contractor optimum time to prepare for the next exercised option (World Wide Conference Event), is it possible to have each Period of Performance extend beyond a year since the event will not have a Line of Accounting holding it to a fiscal year?

    Two problems with what you want to do. You may not have a contract without funds or it would be an ADA violation.  The second problem is extending beyond a year. We have a Time Rule and a Bona Fide need of the year the service is required.  A conference does not last a year, probably only five days or less so there would not be a need to have the time period more than a year.

    Question 3. Pushing creativity, can an IDIQ contract be awarded for a 5-year contract, and then award off of that IDIQ every other year and extend that task order 6 months to include preparation and the actual event with no cost to the government?


    There is no reason for it to have an extra six months, the conference will only be a few days.  The larger problem is no funding.


    I spoke with an attorney and was told conference planners usually have their own prepared agreement they use.  It is not a government contract.  They could have an agreement with the government and a contract with the vendors for payment.

     
    Highly recommend you speak with your legal department.

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