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Section 252.237-7023: Continuation of Mission Essential Functions .

As prescribed in 237.7603, use the following clause:


    (a) The Government has identified all or a portion of the Contractor services performed under this Contract as essential Contractor services in support of mission essential functions. The Contractor-provided services that have been determined to be essential Contractor services in support of mission-essential functions are listed in attachment __,

Mission-Essential Contractor Services, dated __________.

    (b) The Contractor shall provide a written plan for continuing the performance of essential Contractor services identified in paragraph (a) this section during a crisis.

      (1) The Contractor shall identify in the plan the provisions made for the acquisition of essential personnel and resources, if necessary, for continuity of operations for up to 30 days or until normal operations can be resumed;

      (2) The plan must, at a minimum, address-

        (i) Challenges associated with maintaining essential Contractor services during an extended event, such as a pandemic that occurs in repeated waves;

        (ii) The time lapse associated with the initiation of the acquisition of essential personnel and resources and their actual availability on site;

        (iii) The components, processes, and requirements for the identification, training, and preparedness of personnel who are capable of relocating to alternate facilities or performing work from home;

        (iv) Any established alert and notification procedures for mobilizing identified “essential Contractor service” personnel; and

        (v) The approach for communicating expectations to Contractor employees regarding their roles and responsibilities during a crisis.

      (3) The Contractor shall maintain and update its plan as necessary and adhere to its requirements throughout the Contract term. The Contractor shall not materially alter the plan without the Contracting Officer’s consent.

      (4) As directed by the Contracting Officer, the Contractor shall participate in training events, exercises, and drills associated with Government efforts to test the effectiveness of continuity of operations procedures and practices.

    (c) In the event the Contractor anticipates not being able to perform any of the essential Contractor services identified in paragraph (a) of this section during a crisis situation, the Contractor shall notify the Contracting Officer or other designated representative as expeditiously as possible and use its best efforts to cooperate with the Government in the Government’s efforts to maintain the continuity of operations.

    (d) The Government reserves the right in such crisis situations to use Federal employees of other agencies or contract support from other Contractors or to enter into new contracts for essential Contractor services. Any new contracting efforts would be conducted in accordance with OFPP letter, “Emergency Acquisitions” May 2007 and FAR and DFARS Subparts 18 and 218, respectively, or any other subsequent emergency guidance issued.

    (e) Changes. The Contractor shall segregate and separately identify all costs incurred in continuing performance of essential services in a crisis situation. The Contractor shall notify the Contracting Officer of an increase or decrease in costs within ninety days after continued performance has been directed by the Contracting Officer, or within any additional period that the Contracting Officer approves in writing, but not later than the date of final payment under the contract. The Contractor’s notice shall include the Contractor’s proposal for an equitable adjustment and any data supporting the increase or decrease in the form prescribed by the Contracting Officer. The parties shall negotiate an equitable price adjustment to the contract price as soon as is practicable after receipt of the Contractor’s proposal.

    (f) The contractor shall include the substance of this clause, including this paragraph (f), in subcontracts for the essential services.

(End of Clause)

(Revised January 10, 2008)

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