Multiple Award Contracts

Multiple-Award Indefinite-Delivery Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) Contracts have increased in popularity and efficiency in recent years.  Their use was originally established because of acquisition streamlining initiatives and focused primarily on Information technology acquisitions.  In recent years, these efficiencies have expanded to include service contracts. 

 There are three common IDIQ contract types: 

  • Agency-specific IDIQs.  Awarded by an agency to meet an internal requirement and are not available for ordering outside the agency or awarding contracting office (single agency).
  • Government-Wide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs).   Awarded by an agency (typically GSA) and are available to all government agencies with delegation of procurement authority (multi agency).
  • Multiple-Award Construction and Facility Service Contracts.  Awarded by an agency to meet facility design, construction, and maintenance requirements.

The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR 5.601) includes a governmentwide database of contracts and other procurement instruments intended for use by multiple agencies.  The site is searchable and includes a quick reference list of key multiple-award contracts.  

The information herein has been gathered by the NCMBC to assist North Carolina business with becoming prime contractors at renewal and open season cycles and as sub-contractors with existing primes.