Government Contract Types: Task Order Contract

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Task Order Contract

What is a "task order" contract?

It is a contract for services that does not procure or specify a firm quantity of services (other than a minimum or maximum quantity) and that provides for the issuance of orders for the performance of tasks during the period of the contract.

Task orders are used in IDIQs (indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity). They are adaptable contract types that give a government agency or agencies flexibility to agree to a contract when the exact requirements or needs are not know.

A task order contract requires a contractor or contractors to render services or deliver products as ordered. There is no set frequency to the orders. This means that the contractor must wait until there is a need from the government buyer.

As with IDIQs, there will be a list of requirements in the statement of work (SOW). These requirements are agreed to by both the government buyer and the contractor, and must be met as a condition of the contract. A task order adds more requirements and/or quantities to the order.

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