Synthesis of Information Related to Highway Problems. Topic 45-09. Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity Contracting Effective Practices

Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracting mechanisms (also called job order contracting, master contracts, push-button contracts and other terms) are being used by some state departments of transportation (DOTs) to rapidly mobilize highway contractors and architectural and engineering (A/E) consultant services. IDIQ contracting gives DOTs the ability to award contracts for needed infrastructure without the need to pass through the traditional procurement process for every project. The federal sector has used IDIQ contracting successfully since the mid-1980s. At least ten state DOTs use IDIQ contracting to furnish design, construction, and maintenance services. The objectives of this synthesis are: (1) To document IDIQ contracting mechanisms and different terminology used by transportation agencies; (2) To benchmark the state-of-the-practice in the use of IDIQ contracts by state and federal transportation agencies for highway design, construction, and maintenance projects; (3) To identify practices in advertising and awarding IDIQ contracts; (4) To identify and document procurement procedures and contract terms and conditions shown to be successful in developing IDIQ bid packages or requests for proposal (RFPs); (5) To synthesize current IDIQ contract pricing methods and identify risk management issues for consultants and contractors; (6) To identify and document procedures and processes that support transparency and objectivity in the IDIQ award process; (7) To identify and document effective IDIQ contract administration, quality assurance, and close-out practices; (8) Briefly summarize how other non-transportation public agencies utilize IDIQ contracting; and (9) To document state regulatory authority and/or restrictions for IDIQ procurement for construction and design-build projects. Information will be gathered by literature review, survey of state transportation agencies, and follow up interviews. The work plan will include a survey methodology to ensure an 80 percent response rate from state transportation agencies. The consultant will conduct interviews with selected members of the design and construction industry to get their perspective on risks associated with IDIQ contracts. The report will include practical examples of existing IDIQ programs and industry outreach efforts.


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-05, Topic

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Synthesis

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Gause, Jo

  • Performing Organizations:

    Gransberg, Doug, Consultant

  • Principal Investigators:

    Gransberg, Doug

  • Start Date: 20131102
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37748

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01543927
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-05, Topic
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 23 2014 1:01AM