CONTRACTING VEHICLES

ECODIT currently holds five Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity contracts (IDIQs) with USAID, as Prime Contractor. IDIQs are quick and efficient contracting mechanisms for federal agencies to procure specific services from pre-qualified firms or consortia of firms. ECODIT can offer technical assistance services to USAID Bureaus, Offices, and overseas Missions under the following IDIQs, held by ECODIT as a Small Business prime. ECODIT is a subcontractor for two additional IDIQs: (1) Architecture and Engineering Services; and (2) Monitoring and Evaluation.

Small Business (SB) Thresholds and Small Business Exception to Fair Opportunity

All the IDIQs held by ECODIT have partial Small Business (SB) set-asides with small business thresholds (SB thresholds) and SB exception to Fair Opportunity clauses (defined below). The exception provides USAID Bureaus and Missions the opportunity to rapidly access the services of highly qualified small businesses across the spectrum of USAID's work. USAID OAA has strongly encouraged contracting officers, in consultation with technical officers, to take advantage of this authority. See M/OAA “at a Glance” newsletter dated January 22, 2015, on which the following descriptions are based.

SB Threshold Under the IDIQs held by ECODIT, a dollar threshold is established (“the SB threshold”) under which task orders must be placed only with the small firms on the set-aside portion of the IDIQ (the Clean Energy for CPCs IDIQ does not have a SB threshold). The SB thresholds under the IDIQs held by ECODIT are as follows:

SB Exception to Fair Opportunity In addition, all these IDIQs contain the "Fair Opportunity Exception" that allows USAID to place task orders (TOs) with the small firms on the IDIQ contract without regard to the task order's dollar value. Specifically, a TO may be directly placed with a single Small Business at the discretion of the TO Contracting Officer (TOCO), if the capabilities of that Small Business to perform the work required of the TO are determined to surpass those of the other Small Business primes. If the government determines that the capabilities of the Small Business primes are equal, the subject TO should be competed among them. In either case, the process for using the Small Business exception is as follows:

(1) The TOCOR submits the statement of work (SOW) to the IDIQ COR for review to determine compatibility with the IDIQ SOW;

(2) The IDIQ COR provides the corporate capability information of the small business primes to the TOCOR;

(3) The TOCOR reviews the corporate capability information and provides a brief, written recommendation (not a justification) on which small business he/she recommends for award, or whether to compete the TO among all SB holders of the IDIQ.

M/OAA has noted that the use of the small business exception under an IDIQ does not diminish competition, since IDIQs are pre-competed mechanisms that have undergone the federal procurement process, often with a high level of competition. Ultimately, the TOCO is responsible for final selection, negotiation, and TO award.

USAID Clean Energy IDIQ
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ECODIT is a prime holder of the USAID Clean Energy IDIQ for Non-Critical Priority Countries (non-CPCs), known as the Clean Energy IDIQ, which may be used by USAID Bureaus and Missions to improve access to reliable and affordable clean energy; improve regulation and governance in the energy sector; demonstrate the use of innovative and efficient technologies and business models; and assist developing, conflict, and post-conflict countries to transition to a low-carbon trajectory.

Task Orders (TOs) issued under the IDIQ may be either Firm Fixed-Price (FFP) or Cost-Plus-Fixed-Fee (CPFF, term or completion). The Clean Energy IDIQ has a five-year ordering period ending in December 2017.

The Scope of Work (SOW) for the IDIQ encompasses six key themes: (1) Clean Energy; (2) Climate Change; (3) Energy Poverty; (4) Energy Sector Governance; (5) Energy Security; and (6) Energy Sector Reform.

Accessing the IDIQ and Task Orders

To access the Clean Energy IDIQ, a Mission or operating unit (OU) develops a draft SOW for a TO that fits within the above themes. This SOW is then submitted to the IDIQ Contracting Officer's Representative (COR). Once approved by the IDIQ COR, the TO Contracting Officer (TOCO) issues a Request for Task Order Proposals (RFTOP) either to all of the IDIQ holders or to all of the Small Business holders, or to only one of the Small Business holders, as explained under the Small Business Set-Aside Exceptions to Fair Opportunity clauses of the IDIQ contract.

USAID Clean Energy IDIQ for Critical Priority Countries (CPCs)
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ECODIT is a prime holder of the Clean Energy IDIQ for Critical Priority Countries (CPCs), which may be used by USAID Bureaus and Missions to improve access to reliable and affordable clean energy; improve regulation and governance in the energy sector; demonstrate the use of innovative and efficient technologies and business models; and assist developing, conflict, and post-conflict countries to transition to a low-carbon trajectory.

The following countries are currently designated as CPCs: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, South Sudan, and Yemen.

Task Orders (TOs) issued under the IDIQ may be either Firm Fixed-Price (FFP) or Cost-Plus-Fixed-Fee (CPFF, term or completion). The Clean Energy IDIQ for CPCs has a five-year ordering period ending in April 2018.

The Scope of Work (SOW) for the IDIQ encompasses six key themes: (1) Clean Energy; (2) Climate Change; (3) Energy Poverty; (4) Energy Sector Governance; (5) Energy Security; and (6) Energy Sector Reform

Accessing the IDIQ and Task Orders

To access the Clean Energy IDIQ for CPCs, a Mission or operating unit (OU) develops a draft SOW for a TO that fits within the above themes. This SOW is then submitted to the IDIQ Contracting Officer's Representative (COR). Once approved by the IDIQ COR, the TO Contracting Officer (TOCO) issues a Request for Task Order Proposals (RFTOP) either to all the IDIQ holders or to all the Small Business holders or to only one of the Small Business holders, as explained under the Small Business Set-Aside Exceptions to Fair Opportunity clauses of the IDIQ contract.

USAID Making Cities Work (MCW) IDIQ
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The goal of the Making Cities Work (MCW) IDIQ (formerly the Helping Access Basic Infrastructure Technical Assistance and Training [HABITAT] IDIQ) is to provide access to short- and long-term technical services, training, and capacity-building related to improving urban and local governance in the following six functional areas:

1. Improved urban and local government public service delivery with an emphasis on transportation, water and sanitation;

2. Improved autonomy, transparency, responsiveness and accountability of urban and local governments;

3. Enhanced ability of urban and local governments to adapt to climate change, improve environmental management practices and pollution control systems;

4. Improved urban and local government disaster preparedness, response and recovery;

5. Improved urban and local government finance, creditworthiness and borrowing; and

6. Training support.

Task Orders (TOs) issued under the IDIQ may be either Cost-Plus-Fixed-Fee (CPFF) (term or completion), Firm Fixed-Priced (FFP), or any combination thereof.

USAID REPLACE IDIQ (Natural Resources Management)
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The Restoring the Environment through Prosperity, Livelihoods and Conserving Ecosystems (REPLACE ) IDIQ supports integrated programming in biodiversity conservation, natural resources management (NRM), and climate change. The REPLACE IDIQ Scope of Work (SOW) takes a Nature, Wealth and Power (NWP) approach to focus on ecological, social and economic sustainability in USAID programming. The overarching themes of Integrated Landscape and Seascape Management and Scaling up and Sustaining Impact focus on NRM, economic growth and governance components related to effective management and conservation of critical resources which are often the foundation for growth and point of entry for improved local governance and strengthened civil society in developing countries. The IDIQ can address multi-dimensional landscape scale activities, governance issues with a foundation in natural resources, as well as more targeted interventions, analyses and assessments. The SOW can be summarized as follows:

Overarching Themes

Integrated Landscape and Seascape Management

Scaling Up and Sustaining Impact

Primary Natural Resource Management Categories (Nature)

Biodiversity Conservation

Sustainable Forestry

Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

Sustainable Agricultural Intensification

Management of Ecosystem Services

Primary Nature Based Economic Growth Categories (Wealth)

Sustainable Tourism

Environmental Enterprise Development

Sustainable Conservation Finance

Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES)

Primary Natural Resource Governance Categories (Power)

Resource Rights, Governance and Policy Reform

Resource based Conflict Mitigation and Management

Environmental Compliance

USAID Water and Development IDIQ (WADI)
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The Water and Development IDIQ (WADI) is the USAID Water Office's sole central mechanism in support of the Agency's Water and Development Strategy, though there are other mechanisms available to the Missions. Through this IDIQ, the Office of Water will facilitate Missions’ access to cross-cutting services in the water sector, that consist of the following:

(1) Data Collection and Management (2) Assessment and Analysis (3) Strategic Planning and Program Design (4) Capacity Building and Institutional Strengthening (5) Policy, Legal, Regulatory and Institutional Program Support (6) Technical Program Support (7) Service Delivery Support (8) Water for Food Security Support (9) Knowledge Management, Information Sharing, Cooperation, and Coordination (10) Performance Monitoring and Evaluation and (11) Commodity Procurement