Job Order Contracting / SABER Resources


National Resource Center for Job Order Contracting
job order IDIQ
FHWA JOC/IDIQ still providing great results…
Federal legislation allows all highway bridges to be eligible for federal aid funding. The FHWA Project No 14 (SEP-14) may be used to evaluate promising non – traditional contracting techniques by using JOC for the maintenance repairs.
Many DOTs are granted approval to use federal funding for Bridge Painting and Preventive Maint-enance contracts including NJDOT, SANDAG, NYSDOT. Follow this link for an example:
SANDAG’s use of JOC
History of FHWA and JOC/IDIQ Contracting:
The objective of SEP-14 is to evaluate “project specific” innovative contracting practices, undertaken by State highway agencies, that have the potential to reduce the life cycle cost of projects, while at the same time, maintain product quality. Federal statutes and regulations do set forth specific Federal-aid program require-ments; however, some degree of admin-istrative flexibility does exist. The intent of SEP-14 is to operate within this administrative flexibility to evaluate promising non-traditional contracting practices on selected Federal-aid projects.
When is FHWA SEP-14 Approval Necessary?
FHWA Headquarters’ SEP-14 approval is necessary for any non-traditional construction contracting technique which deviates from the competitive bidding provisions in 23 USC 112. Any contract which utilizes a method of award other than the lowest responsive bid (or force account as defined in 23 CFR 635B) should be evaluated under SEP-14. These non-traditional contracting techniques may include best value, life cycle cost bidding, qualifications based bidding and other methods where cost and other factors are considered in the award process.
job order IDIQ


Fort Lenard Wood
, Missouri, Directorate of Public Works JOC & USAR Support Branch Introduction to Job Order Contracting

Job Order Contracting (JOC) is one of many contract execution tools available to organizations looking for ways to carry out real property maintenance and minor construction projects. It is currently in use by most military installations, other federal agencies that manage facilities, and many public- and private-sector property owners.
The JOC process is identified by many different names (e.g., Delivery Order Contracting, Task Order Contracting, Simplified Acquisition of Base Engineering Requirements {SABER}, and as simply as Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity {IDIQ}), but in all cases the basic tenets are the same. An “umbrella” contract is awarded against which subsequent task orders (defining actual project requirements) are issued, each with a firm, fixed price. When administered as a performance based contract, the Contractor is motivated to provide timely and quality construction in order to receive more work. Since 1990, the U.S. Army’s Fort Leonard Wood Directorate of Public Works has been using this innovative tool to execute requirements both at the Installation and at US Army Reserve facilities.

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