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    Can a Multi-Award IDIQ Task Order be set up to have options for future work (almost like an IDIQ Task Order under an IDIQ contract) for use in emergencies that require work to start so quickly that it doesn't allow time for competing the Task among all the IDIQ awardees?


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    This response is based on the information provided.  We suggest you discuss with your contracting team, program manager and/or legal department as appropriate. 
     
    We believe that FAR parts 6 and 18 adequately cover your need to be able to respond quickly in an emergency.  Particularly FAR 6.302-2 -- Unusual and Compelling Urgency would meet your needs if the situation you describe arises.  An outbreak would certainly fall within "Unusual and Compelling Urgency".  With that said, one way to construct a task order or delivery order would be to place a specific CLIN for "Emergency Monitoring" on all task orders related to that type of work.  Then you are likely to have an ongoing order any time an emergency pops up.  You would also have more than one source to choose from id three are multiple awards with different contractors performing.  We do not understand the concept of "10 options".  That does not appear to be an emergency situation.  It could be we do not understand the nature of clinical trials.  It would be difficult to price these in advance, so it would likely need to be structured as CPFF or time and materials.

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