FAR Based Strategies
Federal Supply Schedules – FAR 8.4
Commercial Items – FAR 12
Simplified Acquisitions – FAR 13
Contracting by Negotiation – FAR 15
IDIQ – FAR 16.5
Letter Contract – FAR 16.603
Agreements – FAR 16.7
Small Business – FAR 19
BAA – FAR 35.016
Commercial Solutions Opening (CSO)
Non-FAR Based Strategies
Contract Type Matrix
After selecting the primary strategy from the contracting cone, another element of the contracting strategy is selecting the appropriate contract type. While some in Congress and DoD have advocated for mandating one contract type or another, the contract type should be based on the specific conditions for each contract. The contracting officer, in partnership with the program manager when applicable, should explore all the available contract types and assess the pros/cons of each for what they’re trying to acquire.
This table maps the contract types that are allowed for each of the major strategies outlined in the contracting cone. As you can see most contract types are allowed for most FAR based strategies.