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    Are Interagency Agreements other than the acquisitions via Federal Supply Schedules considered to be contracts that are subject to the normal contract requirements, such as FAR Part 10 Market Research and so forth. In other words, should the contracting officer have the normal preaward documentation for an IAA that is required for a new contract. - Government Cost Estimate, Price Negotiation Memorandum, Responsibility Determination and so forth.


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    See the OFPP Guidance for Improving the Management and Use of Interagency Acquisitions (June 6, 2008) (www.whitehouse.gov/omb/procuremetn_index_interagency_acq)

    This guidance lists responsibilities of interagency agreements (IA) for direct and assisted acquisitions along with a template of each.  Interagency Agreements are in effect contracts between agencies (intergovernmental transactions)and there are requirements that you should go through prior to doing the IA. 

    I know of organizations that do require you to do market research, come up with cost estimates, and various alternatives in deciding whether the IA is the best course of action. 

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