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    Are Quality Assurance Surveillance Plans(QASPs) required for each delivery order under a D-type contract or is a QASP only required for the DType contract itself?


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    Regarding the requirement for a Quality Assurance Surveillance Plan(QASP) DFARS part 246.401 states: the requirement for a QASP shall be addressed and documented in the contract file for each contract except for those awarded using simplified acquisition procedures.
     
    In addition to the above guidance, according to FAR Part 46.4, the QASP should be prepared in conjunction with the preparation of the Statement of Work. In addition to DFARS 246.402 below, the contracting officer has some latitude in how the QASP is approached. If there is a QASP in the base contract and the contracting officer determines that the requirements are not over technical or has a need for further surveillance than is laid out in the base contract, or meets one of the requirements in DFARS 246.402, then there may not be a need for additional guidance at the delivery order level. However, if the requirements require further surveillance than what is called out in the base contract or one of the requirements in DFARS 246.402 are met, then there is no restriction in adding a QASP at the delivery order level.
      
     
    246.402: Government contract quality assurance at source.
     
    Do not require Government contract quality assurance at source for contracts or
     
    delivery orders valued below $300,000, unless—
     
    (1) Mandated by DoD regulation;
     
    (2) Required by a memorandum of agreement between the acquiring department or agency and the contract administration agency; or
     
    (3) The contracting officer determines that—
     
    (i) Contract technical requirements are significant (e.g., the technical requirements include drawings, test procedures, or performance requirements);
     
    (ii) The product being acquired—
     
    (A) Has critical characteristics;
     
    (B) Has specific features identified that make Government contract quality assurance at source necessary; or
     
    (C) Has specific acquisition concerns identified that make Government contract quality assurance at source necessary; and
     
    (iii) The contract is being awarded to—
     
    (A) A manufacturer or producer; or
     
    (B) A non-manufacturer or non-producer and specific Government verifications have been identified as necessary and feasible to perform.
     
    246.404 Government contract quality assurance for acquisitions at or below the simplified acquisition threshold.
     
    Do not require Government contract quality assurance at source for contracts or delivery orders valued at or below the simplified acquisition threshold unless the criteria at 246.402 have been met.

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