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(4) Basic agreements may include negotiated overhead rates for cost-reimbursement type contracts. Where negotiated overhead rates are included, the bases to which the rates apply and the period of applicability must also be stated. All pertinent provisions such as final rates for past periods, provisional rates for current or future periods, ceilings, and any specific items to be treated as indirect costs shall also be included as appropriate.

(e) Content and format. A basic agreement shall consist of an execution page(s), contents page, special provisions, and general provisions. The following is illustrative of an execution page:

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Basic Agreement

Between the United States of America, as represented by the Department of Health and Human Services, and (Name of Contractor), this agreement, effective (Insert Date) by and between the United States of America, hereinafter called the "Government," as represented by the Department of Health and Human Services, and (Name of Contractor), a corporation organized and existing under the laws of the (State/Commonwealth) of

with its principal office in (City, State), hereinafter called the "Contractor".

WITNESSETH THAT

Whereas, the Government and the Contractor desire to enter into a single basic agreement for use only in connection with negotiated (insert type of contract and categories of effort that the basic agreement will cover) entered into on or after the effective date of this Agreement, and prior to its termination; and

Whereas, the parties understand that this Agreement shall not in any manner provide for or imply any agreement on the part of the Government to place future orders or contracts with the Contractor.

Now therefore, the Government and the Contractor agree that the provisions and clauses of the Special Provisions, as set forth herein, and the General Provisions, as set forth and modified herein, shall be incorporated in and constitute the terms and conditions applicable to all negotiated (insert type of contract and categories of effort that the basic agreement will cover) entered into on or after the effective date of this Agreement, and prior to its termination.

In witness whereof, the parties hereto have executed this Agreement as of the day and year first above written.

United States of America

Name of Contractor

Signature of Contracting Officer
By

Signature of Authorized Official
Typed name
Typed name
Date

(f) Procedures. (1) Negotiation of basic agreements may be undertaken by OPDIV contracting activities on behalf of the Department. When an OPDIV contracting activity decides to negotiate a basic agreement with an organization, prior authorization must be requested, in writing, from the Director, Division of Acquisition Policy (DAP). When the Director, DAP, gives written authorization to the OPDIV contracting activity designated to conduct negotiations on behalf of the Department, all other OPDIVs will be notified of this designation. If another OPDIV elects, it may attend the negotiation or furnish special terms and conditions or provisions for inclusion in the proposed basic agreement by advising the designated negotiating activity in writing within ten (10) days from the date of the authorization. After review and resolution of all requests for inclusion of special terms and conditions or provisions, the designated negotiating activity will invite those OPDIVS which expressed an interest in attending the negotiations and make the necessary arrangements for the negotiation of the basic agreement.

(2) Prior to the conclusion of negotiations, the designated negotiating activity shall furnish the OPDIVS a draft copy of the proposed basic agreement together with:

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(i) A resume of all salient features of the basic agreement which will facilitate review;

(ii) Any of the negotiating OPDIV's guides or procedures which are being considered for incorporation into the basic agreement by reference;

(iii) A listing of nonstandard clauses used, the genesis of such clauses, and the reasons for such clauses in the basic agreement; and

(iv) The contractor's comments, including the basis for requesting any deviation from the HHSAR and the designated negotiating activity's position with respect thereto.

(3) The OPDIVs shall have fifteen (15) days from the date of the memorandum transmitting the information to submit comments on the draft copy of the basic agreement. After receipt, analysis, and resolution of the comments of the OPDIVS, the designated negotiating activity will proceed to conclude the negotiation of the basic agreement.

(4) After conclusion of the negotiation, but prior to execution of the basic agreement, a copy of the basic agreement, together with the information specified in paragraph (f)(2) above, the comments of the OPDIVS, the designated negotiating activity's analysis of the OPDIV comments, and the basis for the action taken will be furnished to the Director, DAP for review by DPP and the Office of General Counsel. Approval by the Director, DAP must be given prior to the execution of the basic agreement. After approval and execution of the basic agreement, the designated negotiating activity will distribute the executed document to the OPDIVS, Office of General Counsel, and the Director, DAP. The basic agreement is mandatory for use by all activities of the Department for all acquisitions falling within the scope of the basic agreement.

[49 FR 14004, Apr. 9, 1984, as amended at 50 FR 23126, 23133, May 31, 1985; 50 FR 38004, Sept. 19, 1985; 54 FR 24343 June 7, 1989; 54 FR 24343, June 7, 1989]

316.770 Unauthorized types of agree

ments.

316.770-1 Letters of intent.

A letter of intent is an informal unauthorized agreement between the Government and a prospective contractor which indicates that products or services will be produced after completion of funding and/or other contractual formalities. Letters of intent are often solicited by prospective contractors or may be originated by Government personnel. Letters of intent are not authorized by the FAR and are prohibited for use by Department personnel.

316.770-2 Memorandums of understanding.

A "memorandum of understanding" is an unauthorized agreement, usually

drafted during the course of negotiations, to modify mandatory FAR and HHSAR provisions in such a manner as to make them more acceptable to a prospective contractor. It may be used to bind the contracting officer in attempting to exercise rights given the Government under the contract, or may contain other matters directly contrary to the language of the solicitation or prospective contractual document. Use of such memorandums of understanding is not authorized. Any change in a solicitation or contract shall be made by amendment or modification to that document. When a change to a prescribed contract clause is considered necessary, a deviation shall be requested.

PART 317-SPECIAL CONTRACTING

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(5) Press clipping services.

(b) Activities within the metropolitan Washington, DC area are required to submit purchase requests for the above items to the applicable centralized contracting activity as follows:

(1) Activities located in the Southwest Washington complex; Procurement Branch, Division of Contract Operations, Office of Acquisition and Grants Management, Office of the Secretary.

(2) Parklawn Complex, Rockville, Maryland (Montgomery and Prince Georges Counties area); Division of Acquisition Management, Administrative Services Center, Office of Management, Public Health Service.

(3) National Institutes of Health; Division of Procurement, National Institutes of Health.

(c) Activities outside the metropolitan Washington, DC area are encouraged to establish centralized points to conduct acquisitions for common use items.

[49 FR 14006, Apr. 9, 1984, as amended at 54 FR 24343, June 7, 1989; 55 FR 13536, Apr. 11, 1990]

Subpart 317.71-Supply and Service Acquisitions Under the Government Employees Training Act

SOURCE: 53 FR 43208, Oct. 26, 1988, unless otherwise noted.

317.7100 Scope of subpart.

This subpart provides alternate methods for obtaining training in nonGovernment facilities under the Government Employees Training Act, 5 U.S.C. chapter 41.

317.7101 Applicable regulations.

Basic policy, standards, and delegations of authority to approve training are contained in HHS Personnel Manual Instruction 410–1.

317.7102 Acquisition of training.

(a) The acquisition of interagency training courses and non-governmental off-the-shelf training courses, whether for individual employees or for groups of employees, is the responsibility of

the Assistant Secretary for Personnel Administration.

(b) Non-governmental training must be acquired through the contracting office if there are costs for training course development or for modification of off-the-shelf training courses.

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Subpart 319.2-Policies

319.201 General policy.

(c) The functional management responsibilities for the Department's small business, disadvantaged business, and labor surplus area programs are delegated to the Director of the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU).

(1) The Director, OSDBU is responsible for:

(i) Recommending to the Under Secretary overall Department-wide operating concepts and policies relating to the Department's small business, disadvantaged business, and labor surplus

area programs;

(ii) Implementing policy decisions through the issuance of operating procedures (Operating Divisions (OPDIVS) may develop alternative procedures for achieving departmental policy goals, and objectives. However, any change in procedures must be approved by the Under Secretary);

(iii) Reviewing and evaluating the Department's policies, practices, and procedures pertaining to the disadvantaged business, small business, and labor surplus area programs, as well as recommending changes or corrective actions to the OPDIV heads or to the Under Secretary, as appropriate;

(iv) Providing the Under Secretary with regular appraisals of performance and quality of effort, including timely notification of significant problems, events, and accomplishments, and the need for changes in Department-wide objectives and policies; and

(v) Providing technical assistance and support to the small and disadvantaged business utilization specialists.

(2) The Director, OSDBU is authorized to:

(i) Establish standards, procedures and operating guidelines controlling the manner in which the small business, disadvantaged business, and labor surplus area programs are conducted throughout the Department;

(ii) Provide advice on proposed allocations of personnel, funds, and other resources in light of the total needs of the Department;

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