Do you have information on a replacement to the Leader/Follower program? There is limited information in FARS 17.4 Leader Company Contracting and the more detailed information in the DFARS 217.4 was deleted in 2004.
This response is based on the information provided. We suggest you discuss with your contracting officer, program manager and/or legal department as appropriate.
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We are unaware of formal guidance other than FAR subpart 17.4 Leader Company Contracting.
Your scenario does not appear to lend itself to Leader Company Contracting. In leader-follower acquisitions, the intent is to create additional sources and/or mitigate cost. This occurs by having the lead contractor develop another source for the item. In your background you state you want to separate production from maintenance. Those are distinct tasks.
This is not specifically a FAR/DFARS/AFARS question. It is more of an acquisition strategy decision. You can pursue a number of strategies. One is to remove the maintenance portion of the SOW and let two contracts, another is to have the prime compete that section of the contract. You want to be careful in describing your acquisition strategy, making sure who has what responsibilities regarding the ensuing contract(s).
You have not addressed whether the prime is in agreement with that approach. That makes a significant difference in how you would approach the negotiation.