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(a) During the performance of this contract, the Government may use an independent services contractor (ISC), who is neither an agent nor employee of the Government. The ISC may be used to conduct reviews, evaluations, or independent verification and validations of technical documents submitted to the Government during performance.
(b) The use of an ISC is solely for the convenience of the Government. The ISC has no obligation to the prime contractor. The prime contractor is required to provide full cooperation, working facilities and access to the ISC for the purposes stated in paragraph (a) above.
(c) Since the ISC is neither an employee nor an agent of the Government, any findings, recommendations, analyses, or conclusions of such a contractor are not those of the Government.
(d) The prime contractor acknowledges that the Government has the right to use ISCs as stated in paragraph (a) above. It is possible that under such an arrangement the ISC may require access to or the use of information (other than restricted cost or pricing data), which is proprietary to the prime contractor.
(e) To protect any such proprietary information from disclosure or use, and to establish the respective rights and duties of both the ISC and prime contractor, the prime contractor agrees to enter into a direct agreement with any ISC as the Government requires. A properly executed copy (per FAR 9.505-4) of the agreement will be provided to the Procuring Contracting Officer.