When awarding task orders against the aforementioned IDIQ, is a Contracting Officer able to sign task orders within his/her warrant authority? Or must the Contracting Officer have warrant authority that coincides with the awarded IDIQ value prior to awarding a task order?
For example, a customer is looking to award a task order against the aforementioned IDIQ. The value of this task order is $100K. If a Contracting Officer has procurement authority up to $500K (per contract/cumulative), are they authorized to award this task order?
Are task orders stand alone contracts? Yes, they are contracts under the umbrella of the IDIQ contract. FAR 16.504(a)(4) states what a solicitation and contract for an indefinite quantity contract must include and if you look at (vi) it states, Include a description of the activities authorized to issue orders; and (vii) Include authorization for placing oral orders, if appropriate, provided that the Government has established procedures for obligating funds and that oral orders are confirmed in writing.
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You need to read the contract and see who is allowed to place orders off of the contract. A contracting officer with procurement authority up to $500K should be able to place an order for $100K. I recommend you check your agency directives.