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contract. Such possession or use shall not be deemed an acceptance of any work under the contract. While the Govern. ment has such possession or use, the Contractor, notwithstanding the provisions of the clause of this contract entitled "Permits and Responsibilities," shall be relieved of the responsibility for the loss or damage to the work resulting from the Government's possession or use. If such prior nossession or use by the Government delays the progress of the work or causes additional expense to the Contractor, an equitable ad. justment in the contract price or the time of completion will be made and the contract si.all be modified in writing accordingly. 17. SUSPENSION OF WORK

(a) The Contracting Officer may order the Contractor in writing to suspend, delay, or interrupt all or any part of the work for such period of time as he may determine to be appropriate for the convenience of the Government.

(b) If the performance of all or any part of the work is, for an unreasonable period of time, suspended, delayed, or interrupted by an act of the Contracting Officer in the administration of this contract, or by his failure to act within the time specified in this contract (or if no time is specified, within a reasonable time), an adjustment shall be made for any increase in the cost of performance of this contract (excluding profit) necessarily caused by such unreasonable suspension, delay, or interruption and the contract modified in writing accordingly. However, no adiustment shall be made under this clause for any suspension, delay, or interruption to the extent (1) that performance would have been so suspended, delayed, or interrupted by any other cause, including the fault or negligence of the Contractor or (2) for which an equitable adjustment is provided for or excluded under any other provision of this contract.

(c) No aim under this clause shall be allowed (1) for any costs incurred more than 20 days before the Contractor shall have notified the Contracting Officer in writing of the act or failure to act involved (but this requirement shall not apply as to a claim resulting from a suspension order), and (2) unless the claim, in an amount stated, is asserted in writing as soon as practicable after the termination of such suspen. sion, delay, or interruption, but not later than the date of final payment under the contract. 18. TERMINATION FOR CONVENIENCE OF THE GOVERNMENT

If not physically incorporated elsewhere, the clause in Sec. tion 1-8.703 of the Federal Procurement Regulations, or paragraph 7-602.29(a) of the Armed Services Procurement Reg. ulation, as applicable, in effect on the date of this contract is hereby incorporated by reference as fully as if set forth at length herein. 19. PAYMENT OF INTEREST ON CONTRACTORS' CLAIMS

(a) If an appeal is filed by the Contractor from a final de. cision of the Contracting Officer under the Disputes clause of this contract, denying a claim arising, under the contract, simple interest on the amount of the claim finally determined owed by the Government shall be payable to the Contractor. Such interest shall be at the rate determined by the Secre. tary of the Treasury pursuant to Public Law 92-41. 85 Stat. 97, from the date the Contractor furnishes to the Contracting Officer his written appeal under the Disputes clause of this contract, to the date of (1) a final judgment by a court of competent iurisdiction, or (2) mailing to the Coniractor of

supplemental agreement for execution either confirming completed negotiations between the parties or carrying out a decision of a board of contract appeals.

(b) Notwithstanding (a) above, (1) interest shall be applied only from the date payment was due, if such date is later than the filing of appeal; and (2) interest shall not be paid for any period of time that the Contracting Officer determines the Contractor has unduly delayed in pursuing his remedies before a board of contract appeals or a court of competent jurisdic. tion. 20. PRICING OF ADJUSTMENTS

When costs are a factor in any determination of a contract price adiustment pursuant to the Changes clause or any other provision of this contract, such costs shall be in accordance with the contract cost principles and procedures in Part 1-15 of the Federal Procurement Regulations, (41 CFR 1-15) or Section XV of the Armed Services Procurement Regulation, as applicable, which are in effect on the date of this contract. 21. PATENT INDEMNITY

Except as otherwise provided, the Contractor agrees to indemnify the Government and its officers, agents, and em.

ployees against liability, including costs and expenses, for infringement upon any Letters Patent of the United States (except Letters Patent issued upon an application which is now or may hereafter be, for reasons of national security, ordered by the Government to be kept secret or otherwise withheld from issue) arising out of the performance of this contract or out of the use or disposal by or for the account of the Government of supplies furnished or construction work performed hereunder. 22. ADDITIONAL BOND SECURITY

If any surety upon any bond furnished in connection with this contract becomes unacceptable to the Government, or if any such surety fails to furnish reports as to his financial condition from time to time as requested by the Government, or if the contract price is increased to such an extent that the penal sum of any bond becomes inadequate in the opinion of the Contracting Officer, the Contractor shall promptly furnish such additional security as may be required from time to time to protect the interests of the Government and of persons supplying labor or materials in the prosecution of the work contemplated by this contract. 23. EXAMINATION OF RECORDS BY COMPTROLLER GENERAL

(a) This clause is applicable if the amount of this contract exceeds $10,000 and was entered into by means o. negotiation, including small business restricted advertising, but is not ap. plicable if this contract was entered into by means of formal advertising.

(b) The contractor agrees that the Comptroller General of the United States or any of his duly authorized representatives shall, until the expiration of 3 years after final payment under this contract or such lesser time specified in either Appendix M of the Armed Services Procurement Regulation or the Federal Procurement Regulations Part 1-20, as appropriate, have access to and the right to examine any directly pertinent books, documents, papers, and records of the contractor involving transactions related to this contract.

(c) The Contractor further agrees to include in all his subcontracts hereunder a provision to the effect that the subcontractor agrees that the Comptroller General of the United States or any of his duly authorized representatives shall, until the expiration of 3 years after final payment under the subcontract or such lesser time snecified in either Appendix M of the Armed Services Procurement Regulation or the Federal Procurement Regulations Part 1-20, as appropriate, have ac. cess to and the right to examine any directly pertinent books, documents, napers, and records of such subcontractor, involve ing transactions related to the subcontract. The term "subcontract" as used in this clause excludes (1) purchase orders not exceeding $10,000 and (2) subcontracts or purchase orders for public utility services at rates established for uniform applicability to the general public.

(d) The periods of access and examination described in (b) and (c), above, for records which relate to (1) appeals under the “Disputes" clause of this contract, (2) litigation or the settlement of claims arising out of the performance of this contract, or (3) costs and expenses of this contract as to which exception has been taken by the Comptroller General or any of his duis authorized representatives, shall continue until such appeals, litigation, claims, or exceptions have been disposed of. 24. BIY AMERICAN

(a) Agrecment. In accordance with the Buy American Act (41 l'.s.c. 10a-10d), and Executive Order 10582, December 17. 1954 (3 CFR. 1954-58 Comp., p. 230), as amended by Executive Orrier 11051, September 27, 1962 (3 CFR, 1959–63 Comp., p. 635), the Contractor agrees that only domestic construction material will be used by the Contractor, subcon. tractors, materialmen, and suppliers) in the performance of this contract, except for nondomestic material listed in the contract.

(b) Domestic construction material. “Construction material" means any article, material, or supply brought to the construction site for incornoration in the building or work. An unmanufactured construction material is a "domestic construction material" if it has been mined or produced in the United States. A manufactured construction material is ! "domestic construction material" if it has been manufactured in the United States and if the cost of its components which have been mineri. produced, or manufactured in the United States exceeds 30 percent of the cost of all its components. "Component" means any article, material, or supply directly incorporated in a construction material.

(c) Domestic component. A component shall be considered to have been "mined, produced, or manufactured in the

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United States" (regardless of its source in fact) if the article, material, or supply in which it is incorporated was manufactured in the l'nited States and the component is of a class or kind determined by the Government to be not mined, produced, or manufactured in the United States in sufficient and reasonably available commercial quantities and of a satisfactory quality. 25. EQUAL OPPORTUNITY (The following clause is applicable unless this contract is exempt under the rules, regulations, and relevant orders of the Secretary of Labor (41 CFR, ch. 60).)

During the performance of this contract, the Contractor agrees as follows:

(a) The Contractor will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. The Contracior will take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed, and that employees are treated during employment, without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Such action shall include, but not be limited to, the following: Employment, upgrading, demotion, or transfer; recruitment or recruitment advertising: layoff or termination; rates of pay or other forms of compensation; and selection for train. ing, including apprenticeship. The Contractor agrees to post in conspicuous places, available to employees and applicants for emplovment, notices to be provided by the Contracting Officer setting forth the provisions of this Equal Opportunity clause.

(b) The Contractor will, in all solicitations or advertise. ments for employees placed by or on behalf of the Contractor, state that all qualified anplicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

(c) The Contractor will send to each labor union or repre. sentative of workers with which he has a collective bargaining agreement or other contract or understanding, a notice, to be provided by the agency Contracting Officer, advising the labor union or workers' representative of the contractor's commitments under this Equal Opportunity clause and shall post conies of the notice in conspicuous places available to employees and applicants for employment.

(d) The Contractor will comply with all provisions of Executive Order No. 11246 of September 24, 1965, as amended by Executive Order No. 11375 of October 13, 1967, and of the rules, regulations, and relevant orders of the Secretary of Labor.

(e) The Contractor will furnish all information and reports required by Executive Order No. 11246 of September 24, 1965, as amended by Executive Order No. 11375 of October 13, 19967. and by the rules, regulations, and orders of the Secretary of Labor, or pursuant thereto, and will permit access to his books, records, and accounts by the contracting agency and the Secretary of Labor for purposes of investigation to ascertain compliance with such rules, regulations, and orders.

(1) In the event of the Contractor's noncompliance with the Equal Opportunity clause of this contract or with any of the said rules, regulations, or orders, this contract may be canceled, terminated, or suspended, in whole or in part, anii the Contractor may be declared ineligible for further Government contracts in accordance with procedures authorizcil in Executive Order No. 11246 of September 24, 196.5. as amene...? by Executive Order No. 11375 of October 13, 1967, and such other sanctions may be imposed and remedies invoked as provided in Executive Order No. 11246 of September 24, 196... :S amended by Executive Order No. 11375 of October 13. 1:7 or by rule, regulation, or order of the Secretary of Lahor, or as otherwise provided by law.

(8) The Contractor will include the provisions of paragraphs (a) through (g) in every subcontract or purchase order unless exempted by rules, regulations, or orders of the Secretary of Labor issued pursuant to Sertion 204 of Executive Order No. 11246 of September 24, 1965, as amended by Executive Order No. 11375 of October 13, 1967, so that such provisions will be binding upon each subcontractor or vendor. The Contractor will take such action will respect to any sul). contract or purchase order as the contracting agency may direct as a means of enforcing such provisions, including sanctions for noncompliance: Provided, however, that in the event the Contractor becomes involved in, or is threatened with, litigation with a subcontractor or vendor as a result of such direction by the contracting agency, the Contractor may request the United States to enter into such litigation to protect the interests of the United States.

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26. COVENANT AGAINST CONTINGENT FEES

The Contractor warrants that no person or selling agency has been employed or retained to solicit or secure this contract upon an agreement or understanding for a commission, percentage, brokerage, or contingent fee, excepting bona fide employees or bona fide established commercial or selling agencies maintained by the Contractor for the purpose of securing business. For breach or violation of this warranty the Government shall have the right to annul this contract without liability or in its discretion to deduct from the contract price or consideration, or otherwise recover, the full amount of such commission, percentage, brokerage, or contingent fee. 27. OFFICIALS NOT TO BENEFIT

No member of or delegate to Congress or resident Commissioner shall be admitted to any share or part of this contract, or to any benefit that may arise therefrom; but this provision shall not be construce to extend to this contract if made with a corporation for its general benefit. 28. COST LABOR

In toomine: 10.9 with the performance of work under this contrarl, 1!... (tinctor agrees not to cmnloy any person undergoing sonder ol' imprisonment at hard labor except as proviileil by l'ulolie Law 8:9-1715, September 10, 1965 (18 U.S.C. 4032(*) (2)) and Executive Order 11755, December 29, 1973. 29. L'TILIZATION OF SMALL BUSINESS CONCERNS

(a) It is the policy of the Government as declared by the Congress that a fair proportion of the purchases and contracı: fur supplies and services for the Government be placed with small business concerns.

() The Contractor arrees to accomplish the maximum amount of subcontracting to small business concerns that the Contractor finds to be consistent with the efficient performance of this contract. 30. L'TILIZATION OF MIXORITY BUSINESS ENTERPRISES

(a) It is the policy of the Government that minority business enterprises shall have the maximum practicable oppor. tunity to participate in the performance of Government contracts. (b) The Contractor agrees to use hi

best efforts to carry out this policy in the award of his subcontracts to the fullest extent consistent with the efficient performance of this contract. As used in this contract, the term “minority business enterprise" means a business, at least 50 percent of which is owned by n:ino:ity group members or, in case of publicly-owned businesses, at least 51 percent of the stock of which is owned by minority group miembers. For the purposes of this definition, minority g: ip members are Negroes, Spanish-speaking American persons, American-Orientals, American-İndians, American Eskimos and American-Aleuts, Contractors may rely on writton representations by subcontractors regarding their status as minority business enterprises in lieu of an independent investigation. 31. FEDERAL, STATE. AND LOCAL TAXES

(:) Except as may be othervise provided in this contract, the contract give includes all applicable Federal, State and lo::al taxes and cities.

(:)) Nevertheless, with respect to any Federal excise tax or dix on the transactions or property covered by this contract, it a statute, court decision, written ruling, or regulation takes clicct after the contract date, and

(1) Results in the Contractor being required to pay or bear the burden of any such Federal excise tax or duty or increase in the rate thereof which would not otherwise have Leon payable on such transactions or property, the contract price shall be increased by the amount of such tax or duty or rate increase: Prorided. That the Contractor if requested by the Contracting Officer, warrants in writing that no amount for such newly imposed Federal excise tax or duty or rate increase was included in the contract price as a contingency reserve or otherwise; or

(2) Results in the Contractor not being required to pay or bear the hurden of, or in his obtaining a refund or drawback of, any such Federal excise tax or duty which would othervise have been payable on such transactions or property or which was the basis of an increase in the contract price, the contract price shall be decreased by the amount of the relief, refund, or drawback, or that amount shall be paid to the Government, as directed by the Contracting Officer. The contract price shall be similarly decreased if the Contractor, through his fault or negligence or his failure to follow instructions of the Contract

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ing Officer, is required to pay or bear the burden of, or does not obtain a refund or drawback of, any such Federal excise tax or duty.

(c) No adjustment pursuant to paragraph b above will be made under this contract unless the aggregate amount thereof is or may reasonably be expected to be over $100.00.

(d) As used in paragraph b above, the term "contract date" means the date set for the bid opening, or if this is a negotiated contract, the date of this contract. As to additional supplies or services procured by modification to this contract, the term "contract date' means the date of such modification.

(e) Unless there does not exist any reasonable basis to sustain an exemption, the Government, upon request of the

Contractor, without further liability, agrees, except as other. wise provided in this contract, to furnish evidence appropriate to nstablish exemption from any tax which the Contractor war. rants in writing was excluded from the contract price. In addi. tion, the Contracting Officer may furnish evidence to establish exemption from any tax that may, pursuant to this Clause, give rise to either an increase or decrease in the contract price. Except as otherwise provided in this contract, evidence appro. priate to establish exemption from duties will be furnished only at the discretion of the Contracting Officer.

(f) The Contractor shall promptly notify the Contracting Onicer of matters which will result in either an increase or decrease in the contract price, and shall take action with respect thereto as directed by the Contracting Officer.

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KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS. That we, the Principal and Surety (ies) hereto, are firmly bound to the United States of America (hereinafter called the Government) in the above penal sum for the payment of which we bind ourselves, our heirs, executors, administrators, and successors, jointly and severally: Prorided. That, where the Sureties are corporations acting as co-suretics, we, the Sureties, bind ourselves in such sum "jointly and sever. ally" as well as "severally" only for the purpose of allowing a joint action or actions against any or all of us, and for all other purposes cach Surety binds itself, jointly and severally with the Principal, for the payment of such sum only as is set forth opposite the name of such Surety, but if no limit of liability is indicated, the limit of liability shall be the full amount of the penal sum. THE CONDITION OF THIS OBLIGATION IS SUCH, that whereas me participa pubmitted the bid identified above. NOW. THEREFORE, if the Principal, upon acceptangenter the Government of his bid idantified above, within the period specified therein for acceptance (sixty (6 dap ito pero is keclun salt execute such further con. tractual documents, if any, and give such bondas as may be requird of the carths of the bid as accepted within the time specified (ten (10) days if no period ispred led drich reflpe b The forms by him, or in the event of failure so to execute such further contractupe dofurgents and lite bonds, if the Principal shall pay the Govern. ment for any cuse of procuringane alpha Lubris entiends he gownt of his bid, then the above obligation shall be void and of no effect. Each Surety executing this Costrument her by tags mad ir obligation shall not be impaired by any extension (s) of the time for acceptand of the Aid That the poincipal may grans to the Government, notice of which extension (s) to the Surety (ies) being herche pledi provided that such waiver of notice shall apply only with respect to exten. sions aggregating not more (60) calendar days in addition to the period originally allowed for accept. ance of the bid. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Principal and Surety (ies) have executed this bid bond and have affixed their seals on the date set forth above.

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INSTRUCTIONS 1. This form is authorized for use whenever a bid the limitations set forth therein. Where more than a guaranty is required in connection with construction sinų le corporate surety is involved, their names and ad. work or the furnishing of supplies or services. There dresses (city and State) shall be inserted in the spaces shall be no deviation from this form without approval by (Surety A, Surety B, etc.) headed "CORPORATE SUR. the Administrator of General Services.

ETY(IES)", and in the space designated "SURETY (IES)"

on the face of this form only the lectus identification of 2. The full legal name and business address of the the Sureties shall be inserted. l'rincipal shall be inseried in the space designated "Prin. cipal" on the face of this form. The bond shall be

(b) Where individual sureries execute the bond, they signed by an authorized person. Where such person is shall be iwo or more responsible persons. A completed signing in a representative capacity (e.g., an attorney.in.

Affidavit of Individual Surety (Standard Form 28), for face), but is not a member of the firm, partnership, or

each individual surety, shall accompany the bond. Such joint venture, or an officer of the corporation involved,

sureries may be required to furnish additional substanti. evidence of his authority must be furnished.

ating information concerning their assets and financial 3. The penal sum of the bond may be expressed as a

capability as the Government may require. percentage of the bid priro if desired. In such cases, a maximum dollar limitation may be stipulated (e.g., 20%

3. Corporations execucing the bond shall affix their of the bid price but the amount not to exceed

corporate seals.

Individuals shall execute the bond op. dollars).

posite the word "Seal"; and, if executed in Mainc or New

Hampshire, shall also affix an adhesive scal. 4. (a) Corporations executing the bond as suresies must be among those appearing on the Treasury Depart. 6. The name of each person signing this bid bond ment's list of approved sureties and must be acting within should be typed in the space provided.

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