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It's difficult to remember the differences between multiple year and multi-year contracts. I made these notes and took the picture while studying for my third CON 090 test. It has helped me. Maybe it can help you.



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Comment by Sterling Whitehead on January 12, 2012 at 9:37pm

Thank you for the catch Don. I'll update my napkin picture.

Comment by Don Mansfield on January 12, 2012 at 3:41pm

Unfortunately, the notes are not accurate.  A multiyear contract may contain options.  For example, an agency could have a multiyear contract that purchases two years worth of supplies or services, then have an option for the third.  Something must have been lost in the communication, because as the CON 090 course manager I know the lesson material doesn't say that. 

If you're looking for an easy way to remember, try this: If a contract meets the definition of multiyear contract at FAR 17.103, it's a multiyear contract.  If the period of a contract is more than one year but does not meet the definition of multiyear contract, then it's a multiple-year contract.

Comment by Sterling Whitehead on January 24, 2011 at 11:10am
@Martha, right. Of course you need money from Congress for both types, but Congress gets specifically involved with approving Multi-Year Contracts.
Comment by Martha Garvey on January 24, 2011 at 11:03am

So..if I am reading your nifty napkins right:

 

A multiple year contact is not contingent on the President's budget and/or Congress' approval? 

 

Martha, who tried to draw a Venn diagram on a tissue, but it didn't work out so well.  

Comment by Sterling Whitehead on January 24, 2011 at 9:44am
Very nice. More organized than mine as well.
Comment by Andrew Krzmarzick on January 24, 2011 at 9:29am

<p>Thanks, Sterling...love the "back of the napkin" illustration. I might adjust it slightly for ease of read (plus, I just wanted reply with a drawing of my own ;-):

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