National Solicitation Templates

National Solicitation Templates have been established to provide consistency in the acquisition methodology, methods of hire, and equipment typing and standards throughout the Forest Service.

Due to frequent changes in acquisition rules and clauses it is necessary to periodically update these templates. Awarded agreements, Incident Blanket Purchase Agreements (I-BPAs), will in most instances be modified to incorporate the latest changes as well.

The templates in the drop-down list show what would be included in an awarded I-BPA. If the Forest Service is the contracting agency, the templates must be used through VIPR for pre-season agreements. The specifications may also be used when doing incident-only EERAs. Please direct questions regarding the templates to the Contracting Officer for your Geographic Area (Region).

Note that the resource categories/types associated with the following templates are as follows:

  • Heavy Equipment: Dozer, Excavator, Tractor Plow, Transport
  • Heavy Equipment with Water: Pumper Cat, Skidgine, Softtrack
  • Mechanic with Service Truck: Heavy Equipment Type 1, Light Auto/Heavy Truck Type 2
  • Miscellaneous Heavy Equipment: Feller Buncher, Mulcher/Masticator - Boom Mounted, Road Grader, Skidder, Strip Mulcher/Masticator
  • Vehicle with Driver: Passenger Vehicles, Trucks
  • Water Handling: Engine, Water Tender Support, Water Tender Tactical

Downloadable Solicitation Templates

For additional information on specific resource categories, refer to the National Solicitation Plan (NSP).

Solicitation Template Modifications View archive of updates


Maintenance Cycle #18-04 has incorporated updates to clauses and provisions in all solicitation templates and minor language changes for Gray Potable Water/Trailer-Mounted Handwashing Station (2018) and Portable Toilets (2018). Specific changes are as follows:

  1. Section C Header (BP). The FAC number and date that is currently applied to the I-BPA clauses in the Section C Header referencing FAC 2005-92, Effective 9 NOV 2016 was changed to read "Updated through FAC 2005-96 (CORR), Effective 8 NOV 2017."
  2. C01 – Contract Terms and Conditions (BP). Changes have implemented clause updates thru FAC 2005-96 (CORR), Effective 8 NOV 2017. Changes include:
    • revising the date of the clause from NOV 2016 to JAN 2017;
    • revising the date for (b)(6) 52.204-14, Service Contract Reporting Requirements, from JAN 2014 to OCT 2016;
    • revising the date for (b)(7) 52.204-15, Service Contract Reporting Requirements for Indefinite-Delivery Contracts, from JAN 2014 to OCT 2016;
    • revising the date for (b)(16) 52.219-8, Utilization of Small Business Concerns, from OCT 2014 to NOV 2016;
    • revising the date for (b)(17)(i) 52.219-9, Small Business Subcontracting Plan, from OCT 2015 to JAN 2017;
    • revising the dates for (b)(17)(ii) thru (iv) Alternate I thru Alternate III of 52.219-9, Small Business Subcontracting Plan, from OCT 2015 to NOV 2016;
    • adding (b)(17)(v) Alternate IV (NOV 2016) of 52.219-9;
    • revising the date for (b)(19) 52.219-14, Limitations on Subcontracting, from NOV 2011 to JAN 2017;
    • revising the date for (b)(26) 52.222-19, Child Labor - Cooperation with Authorities and Remedies, from FEB 2016 to OCT 2016;
    • removing the clause formerly (b)(35) 52.222-59, Compliance with Labor Laws (Executive Order 13673) (OCT 2016). (Applies at $50 million for solicitations and resultant contracts issued from October 25, 2016 through April 24, 2017; applies at $500,000 for solicitations and resultant contracts issued after April 24, 2017);
    • removing the clause formerly (b)(36) 52.222-60, Paycheck Transparency (Executive Order 13673) (OCT 2016) and renumbering subsequent paragraphs following (b)(34);
    • adding (b)(45)(i) 52.224-3, Privacy Training (JAN 2017) (5 U.S.C. 552a) and (b)(45(ii) Alternate I (JAN 2017) of 52.224-3;
    • revising the date for (b)(48) 52.225-5, Trade Agreements, from FEB 2016 to OCT 2016;
    • revising the date for (b)(50) 52.225-26, Contractors Performing Private Security Functions Outside the United States, from JUL 2013 to OCT 2016;
    • revising the date for (b)(54) 52.232-30, Installment Payments for Commercial Items, from OCT 1995 to JAN 2017;
    • adding (b)(59) Payments to Small Business Subcontractors (JAN 2017) (15 U.S.C. 637(d)(12)) and renumbering the subsequent paragraphs that follow (b)(59);
    • adding (c)(9) 52.222-62, Paid Sick Leave Under Executive Order 13706 (JAN 2017) (E.O. 13706) to be included by reference and renumbering subsequent paragraphs that follow (c)(9);
    • adding (e)(1)(ii) 52.203-19, Prohibition on Requiring Certain Internal Confidentiality Agreements or Statements (Jan 2017) (section 743 of Division E, Title VII, of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 (Pub. L. 113-235) and its successor provisions in subsequent appropriations acts (and as extended in continuing resolutions)) and renumbering subsequent paragraphs that follow (e)(ii);
    • revising the date for (e)(1)(iii) 52.219-8, Utilization of Small Business Concerns, from OCT 2014 to NOV 2016;
    • removing the clause formerly numbered (e)(1)(xvi) 52.222-59, Compliance with Labor Laws (Executive Order 13673) (OCT 2016);
    • removing the clause formerly numbered (e)(1)(xvii) 52.222-60, Paycheck Transparency (Executive Order 13673) (OCT 2016));
    • adding (e)(1)(xvii) 52.222-62 Paid Sick Leave Under Executive Order 13706 (JAN 2017) (E.O. 13706);
    • adding (e)(1)(xviii) (A) 52.224-3, Privacy Training (Jan 2017) (5 U.S.C. 552a) and (B) Alternate I (Jan 2017) of 52.224-3; and renumbering subsequent paragraphs that follow (e )(1)(xviii)(B);
    • revising the date for (e )(1)(xix) 52.225-26, Contractors Performing Private Security Functions Outside the United States, from JUL 2016 to OCT 2016.
  3. C02 – Clauses Incorporated by Reference (BP). Changes have implemented updates thru FAC 2005-96 (CORR), Effective 8 NOV 2017. Changes include:
    • revising the date for 52.212-4, Contract Terms and Conditions – Commercial Items, from MAY 2015 to JAN 2017;
    • revising the date for 52.245-1, Government Property, from APR 2012 to JAN 2017.
  4. D06 – Ordering – Gray Potable Water/Trailer-Mounted Handwashing Station (2018). CR0288 changed the rate form for Trailer-Mounted Handwashing Stations from “Daily-Weekly-Monthly” to “Daily Rate”. As such, the corresponding language in Section D.2.6(e) has been changed --
    FROM "Handwashing Stations: The following calculation will be used to determine the price for the handwashing stations: (((Daily Rate + Weekly Rate)/8) x 0.7) + ((Monthly Rate/30) x 0.3) = price."
    TO "Handwashing Stations: The price will be based on the daily rate offered, with the lowest price being ranked highest on the dispatch list."
  5. D21 – Payments – Portable Toilet (2018). Nothing preceding Section D.21.8.4 was included in the solicitation template (10.0 Release). The oversight has been corrected to add missing sections following D.21.8.3.
  6. E00 – Representations and Certifications (BP Changes have implemented clause updates thru FAC 2005-96 (CORR), Effective 8 NOV 2017. Changes include:
    • revising the date of the provision at E.1, 52.212-1 -- Instruction to Offerors -- Commercial Items, from OCT 2015 to JAN 2017; and also –
      1. adding text to 52.212-1(e), to state "Multiple offers. Offerors are encouraged to submit multiple offers presenting alternative terms and conditions, including alternative line items (provided that the alternative line items are consistent with subpart 4.10 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation), or alternative commercial items for satisfying the requirements of this solicitation. Each offer submitted will be evaluated separately.";
      2. replacing the text for 52.212-1(j) in its entirety to state "Unique entity identifier. (Applies to all offers exceeding $3,500, and offers of $3,500 or less if the solicitation requires the Contractor to be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) database.) The Offeror shall enter, in the block with its name and address on the cover page of its offer, the annotation "Unique Entity Identifier" followed by the unique entity identifier that identifies the Offeror's name and address. The Offeror also shall enter its Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) indicator, if applicable. The EFT indicator is a four-character suffix to the unique entity identifier. The suffix is assigned at the discretion of the Offeror to establish additional SAM records for identifying alternative EFT accounts (see subpart 32.11) for the same entity. If the Offeror does not have a unique entity identifier, it should contact the entity designated at www.sam.gov for unique entity identifier establishment directly to obtain one. The Offeror should indicate that it is an offeror for a Government contract when contacting the entity designated at www.sam.gov for establishing the unique entity identifier.";
    • revising the date of the provision at E.2, 52.212-3 – Offeror Representations and Certifications -- Commercial Items, from NOV 2015 to NOV 2017; and also –
      1. revising the text in the introductory paragraph to state "The offeror shall complete only paragraphs (b) of this provision if the Offeror has completed the annual representations and certification electronically via the System for Award Management (SAM) Web site located at https://www.sam.gov/portal. If the Offeror has not completed the annual representations and certifications electronically, the Offeror shall complete only paragraphs (c) through (u) of this provision.";
      2. adding a definition in paragraph (a) for Predecessor as follows: " "Predecessor" means an entity that is replaced by a successor and includes any predecessors of the predecessor.";
      3. adding a definition in paragraph (a) for Successor as follows: " "Successor" means an entity that has replaced a predecessor by acquiring the assets and carrying out the affairs of the predecessor under a new name (often through acquisition or merger). The term "successor" does not include new offices/divisions of the same company or a company that only changes its name. The extent of the responsibility of the successor for the liabilities of the predecessor may vary, depending on State law and specific circumstances.";
      4. revising the text in paragraph (p) to state "Ownership or Control of Offeror. (Applies in all solicitations when there is a requirement to be registered in SAM or a requirement to have a unique entity identifier in the solicitation.";
      5. adding paragraph (q) for "Representation by Corporations Regarding Delinquent Tax Liability or a Felony Conviction under any Federal Law";
      6. adding paragraph (r) for "Predecessor of Offeror";
      7. adding paragraph (s), which is now "Reserved";
      8. adding paragraph (t) for "Public Disclosure of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Reduction Goals";
      9. adding paragraph (u) for the Continuing Appropriations Act.
  7. E00 – Representations and Certifications (BP). Wage Determination No. 1995-0221 (Rev. 39) dated 12/30/2016 is replaced in its entirety with Wage Determination No. 1995-0221 (Rev. 43) dated 1/10/2018.

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