With respect to service type agreements where Task Orders are involved there are, of course, a number of variables to consider. Total price is just one factor.. Rates, levels of expertise, availability, support and maintenance, and travel requirements may all be a factor.
The rates used as part of the BOA, however, set a baseline and provide information to enable potential purchasers to price, and order if necessary, individual levels of expertise. For example, if a purchaser requires 10 days of engineering support he can readily identify potential sources, price and order this. Whereas price is important and forms a critical part of the BOA, it is not necessarily the only criteria to be used.
The NCI Agency understands that prices quoted in the BOA are indicative only. Hence, prior to any procurement via BOA, the NCI Agency will contact the potential supplier directly and request a firm price quotation for each specific requirement.