Frequently Asked Questions

General Information Analysis Center (IAC)

What are IACs and how do they benefit the DoD?
What types of products and services do the IACs provide?
Who is eligible to use IAC products and services?
Do the IACs charge fees for their products and services?
May I contact the IAC BCO directly?

Multiple Award Contract (MAC) and Technical Area Tasks (TAT)

What is a Technical Area Task (TAT)?
Will the incumbent contractor performing the work for us now have a chance to compete for a new TAT under the MAC TATs?
Are the TAT prime contractors allowed to propose a new subcontractor to perform a TAT, if that subcontractor was not on their team originally/is not on their team now?
May I contact the individual MAC prime contractors?
How long does it take to get a contract awarded?
What is the process to get a contract awarded?
Who develops the evaluation plan, and who conducts the evaluation of the proposals?
How is it decided which IAC MAC TAT contract my TAT should go under – the scope could fit under multiple contracts?
Do the IAC contracts adhere to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS)?   Were they competed? 
My agency requires my IAC TAT to include some of our local, agency-specific contract clauses.  Can contract clauses be added to our TAT that is not part of the MAC TAT contract?   
Do the MAC TAT contracts contain any small business preference provisions?  Are any of the prime contractor’s small businesses?  Do the contracts meet Small Business Act requirements?

Basic Center of Operations (BCO) and Core Analysis Tasks (CAT)

What is the basic center of operations (BCO)?
What is a core analysis task (CAT)?
What is the CAT process?

IAC Funding

What is a Military Interdepartmental Purchase Request (MIPR)?
Who is the POC for a MIPR?
What is Customer Shared Direct Cost (CSDC)?
What is the current CSDC rate for this FY?
How is CSDC Calculated?
What is my TAT or CAT number?
How can I de-obligate my funds and/or move my funds from one TAT or CAT to another?
What kinds of funds can be used on the contract?

 

General Information Analysis Center (IAC)

What are IACs and how do they benefit the DoD?

IACs are chartered by the DoD to collect, analyze, synthesize, produce, and disseminate worldwide scientific and technical information (STI) in support of the DoD mission. The IACs perform research and analysis in particular defense technology and scientific areas. Because the STI they produce and disseminate is available for use by all DoD components and other federal agencies, DoD avoids costs that come from duplicating work.

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What types of products and services do the IACs provide?

IAC products comprise in-depth research to fill critical knowledge gaps and to meet specific operational requirements. Products we offer include:
Technical inquiry services, bibliographies, critical reviews/technology assessments (CR/TA), state-of-the-art reports (SOAR), referrals to experts, handbooks/data books, current awareness bulletins, models and simulations, exercise schedules, databases, workshops, training classes, core analysis tasks (CATs), and technical area tasks (TATs)

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Who is eligible to use IAC products and services?

IAC customers include researchers, engineers, scientists, and program managers from the DoD, government, industry and academia.  You are eligible for IAC services if you are:

    • An employee of a DoD organization (civilian and military, including National Guard and Reserves on active duty), a DoD contractor or potential DoD contractor
    • An employee or contractor supporting another U.S. federal government agency
    • A researcher of a university or college funded by DoD or a U.S. federal government agency for conducting research throughout the U.S.
    • A participant in the Small Business Innovative Research or Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) program
    • A faculty member, staff member, or student of Historically Black Colleges and University (HBCU), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU) or other Minority Institutions (MI)

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Do the IACs charge fees for their products and services?

Many IAC products and services are available at little or no cost. Some abstracts and indexes, current awareness products, and up to 4 hours of technical inquiry services may be offered to customers at no charge. Extended inquiry services (exceeding 4 hours), training courses and some products are available on a cost reimbursable basis.

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May I contact the IAC BCO directly?

We encourage you to contact the IAC BCOs directly when you have a question and/or problem related to their particular technical scope that they can answer/assist you with. For a complete listing of IACs and their websites, please visit our IAC page.

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Multiple Award Contract (MAC) and Technical Area Tasks (TAT)

What is a Technical Area Task (TAT)?

TATs are requirements for research and analysis that exceed the dollar and time limits of a CAT.  TATs are separately funded work efforts or task orders placed on one of three multiple award indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (MAC IDIQ) contracts.  TATs are individually competed by one or more of the prime contractors pre-selected on each MAC IDIQ. Through the TAT program, requesting agencies can use the IAC program as a contracting vehicle, enabling the DoD to obtain specialized support for specific projects.

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Will the incumbent contractor performing the work for us now have a chance to compete for a new TAT under the MAC TATs?

If the incumbent contractor is already a prime contractor on the MAC TAT, they are afforded an opportunity to compete on every TAT for that contract.  However, if the incumbent contractor is not a prime contractor on the MAC TAT, they will not have a chance to compete.

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Are the TAT prime contractors allowed to propose a new subcontractor to perform a TAT, if that subcontractor was not on their team originally or is not their team now?

Yes, prime contractors can propose a new subcontractor for any TAT – this may be subject to the contracting officer’s approval depending on the prime contractor’s contract terms, but it usually can be accomplished fairly quickly.

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May I contact the individual MAC prime contractors?

Since each technical area task (TAT) is individually competed by the MAC prime contractors, we ask that you contact our Customer Support Cell (CSC) with any questions on the process or on your specific effort.

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How long does it take to get a contract awarded?

CATs can be awarded in 4-6 weeks from the identification of the requirement to CAT award.  For TATs, it takes six months on average for efforts less than $50M, from identification of the requirement to contract award.  For efforts exceeding $50M it normally takes seven months.

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What is the process to get a contract awarded?

For a detailed chart outlining the step-by-step process to get efforts awarded, please see our MAC webpage.

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Who develops the evaluation plan, and who conducts the evaluation of the proposals?

It is the responsibility of the requiring service or agency to complete the evaluation plan and conduct evaluations of each proposal received. The contracting officer for your effort can assist in completion of the evaluation plan.

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How is it decided which IAC MAC TAT contract my TAT should go under – the scope could fit under multiple contracts?

A representative from the IAC Customer Support Cell (CSC) will review your draft Performance Work Statement (PWS) with you and recommend the most appropriate IAC contract based on the predominant scope of the effort and the majority of the tasks and deliverables.  The ultimate decision is made by the contracting officer in consultation with the COR, with input from the customer requiring activity (RA).

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Do the IAC contracts adhere to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS)?   Were they competed? 

Yes, all IAC contracts were competed and awarded in accordance with the FAR and DFARS and adhere to all FAR/DFARS contracting laws and regulations.

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My agency requires my IAC TAT to include some of our local, agency-specific contract clauses.  Can contract clauses be added to our TAT that is not part of the MAC TAT contract?   

This is possible but not guaranteed.  TAT clauses cannot conflict with the underlying contract’s terms and conditions and scope. This can be discussed with the COR and customer support cell representative and is subject to the contracting officer’s approval on a case- by- case basis. The same applies to solicitation provisions.

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Do the MAC TAT contracts contain any small business preference provisions?  Are any of the prime contractor’s small businesses?  Do the contracts meet Small Business Act requirements?

All IAC MAC TATs are in full compliance with the FAR and DFARS small business program provisions and the Small Business Act. 

CSTAT has a small business accommodation that was total estimated contract value: efforts estimated to cost $3.5 million or less over the period of performance will be competed for by the small business prime contractors. If these small businesses do not have an interest in bidding on the work, then it will be offered to the full and open pool for bidding.

DSTAT has a small business set aside provision for TATs in two scope areas: advanced materials and directed energy.  TATs in those scope areas are competed among the small business prime contractors authorized in each of those areas. 

HDTAT has a small business reservation feature.  Some HDTAT efforts are set aside for exclusive small business competition by the HDTAT small business prime contractors if market research indicates that a small business set aside is warranted. 

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Basic Center Operations (BCO) and Core Analysis Tasks (CAT)

What is the basic center of operations (BCOs)?

Information Analysis Center (IAC) basic centers of operation (BCOs) perform functions necessary to fulfill the mission and objectives applicable to the DoD research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E) and acquisition communities’ needs. These activities focus on the collection, analysis, synthesizing/processing and dissemination of scientific and technical information (STI).

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What is a core analysis task (CAT)?

CATs are separately funded work efforts over and above basic IAC BCO products and services that are awarded to one of our three BCOs, depending on the scope of the work required. Through the CAT program, requesting agencies can use the IAC program as a contracting vehicle, enabling the DoD to obtain specialized support for specific projects.  CATs are of a limited dollar amount and duration depending on which BCO performs the work.  Generally speaking, one year is the time limit on CAT work and $1 million dollars in value ($500k if the work is in cyber or homeland defense focus areas).

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What is the CAT process?

In the CAT process, the government service or agency requiring the work drafts their requirements in a performance work statement (PWS).  The IAC can assist customers in drafting this document. Once a PWS is completed, it is reviewed by the contracting officer's representative and the contracting officer to ensure it meets the scope and constraints of the IAC BCO that will perform the work.  Based on the requirements identified in the PWS, the IAC prepares a technical and cost proposal, which is subject to approval by the customer and the contracting officer.  Once the technical and cost proposal is approved, the contracting officer will award the CAT.

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IAC Funding

What is a military interdepartmental purchase request (MIPR)?

A military interdepartmental purchase request (MIPR) is the primary method used to transfer funds from one DoD agency to another.

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Who is the POC for a MIPR?

POCs for your MIPR may vary depending on the contract that you are funding.  Please work with your program management analyst (PMA) or contracting officer’s representative (COR) to determine your MIPR POC.

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What is Customer Shared Direct Cost (CSDC)?

CSDC is the additional amount paid by customers for MIPR processing and accounting support, contracting office support, and program management support directly related to supporting customer-funded efforts (technical area tasks, core analysis tasks, etc.). CSDC is used to pay for the direct costs associated with running the IAC program and does not include any indirect costs. CSDC is not a fee paid to DTIC.

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What is the current CSDC rate for this FY?

Visit our financial management page for the current CSDC rate.  CSDC is assessed each year by the IAC Reimbursable Review Board in consultation with general counsel and the OUSD comptroller and will be adjusted annually; as such, the CSDC rate may fluctuate during the course of the delivery order.

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How is CSDC calculated?

Please see our CSDC page to calculate the CSDC for a MIPR.

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What is my TAT or CAT number?

Please see our TAT/ CAT number page to help you determine this information.

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How can I de-obligate my funds and/or move my funds from one TAT or CAT to another?

Please see our de-obligation of funds page, which will outline the processes for de-obligation of funds and/or moving funds from one TAT or CAT to another.

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What kinds of funds can be used on the contract?

DTIC does not place restrictions on types of funds that may be accepted under IAC contracts. The sending organization must verify that funds are appropriate for the intended purpose, citing the approved performance work statement to identify scope. Limitations on the original appropriation sent to DTIC remain; use of DTIC's RDT&E authority does not change the conditions and limitations imposed on the use of funds (per DoD FMR Volume 11A, Chapter 3, 030104).

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