As prescribed in USCG guidance at (HSAR) 48 CFR 3017.9000(a) and (b), this clause shall be included in sealed bid fixed-price solicitations and contracts for vessel repair, alteration, or conversion which are to be performed within the United States, its possessions, or Puerto Rico. Unless inappropriate, this clause should be included in
negotiated solicitations and contracts to be performed outside the United States.
SUBCONTRACTS (DEC 2003)
(a) Nothing contained in the contract shall be construed as creating any contractual relationship between any subcontractor and the Government. The divisions or sections of the specifications are not intended to control the Contractor in dividing the work among subcontractors or to limit the work performed by any trade.
(b) The Contractor shall be responsible to the Government for acts and omissions of its own employees, and of subcontractors and their employees. The Contractor shall also be responsible for the coordination of the work of the trades, subcontractors, and material men.
(c) The Contractor shall, without additional expense to the Government, employ specialty subcontractors where required by the specifications.
(d) The Government or its representatives will not undertake to settle any differences between the Contractor and its subcontractors, or between subcontractors.
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