CONTRACTING VEHICLES

ECODIT currently holds seven 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 STARR II IDIQ
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ECODIT is a prime holder of the USAID Strengthening Tenure and Resource Rights II (STARR II) IDIQ. The IDIQ allows for the provision of technical assistance to USAID’s Office of Land and Urban (LU) in the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment (E3). These services will support LU to improve land and resource governance and strengthen property rights for all members of society, especially women.

Projects under the contract will take place worldwide and focus on the following four technical areas: (1) Securing Resource Rights and Improving Resource Governance; (2) Evidence and Learning; (3) Training; and (4) Knowledge Management and Communications.

USAID Power Africa IDIQ
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ECODIT is a prime holder of the USAID Power Africa IDIQ, which allows for the provision of technical assistance services, including engineering consulting services, to implement USAID’s activities in support of Power Africa, the U.S. Government initiative focused on increasing access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa. The IDIQ facilitates the achievement of Power Africa’s targets of increasing installed power capacity by 30,000 megawatts and creating 60 million new electricity connections, to double electricity access in the region.

Projects under the contract will take place throughout sub-Saharan Africa and focus on the following 14 service areas: 1. Generation, Transmission, and Distribution Transactions; 2. Finance; 3. Legal; 4. Engineering; 5. Planning; 6. Electric Utility Reform and Restructuring; 7. Electricity Access; 8. International Power Exchange and Power Trading; 9. Demand-Side Management and Energy Efficiency; 10. Cleaner Energy Technologies; 11. Gas; 12. Governance; 13. Legal and Regulatory Framework; and 14. Coordination and Cooperation.

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.