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ENGINEERING CHANGES (NAVAIR)
(a) After contract award, the Contracting Officer may solicit, and the contractor is encouraged to propose independently, engineering changes to the equipment, software specifications or other requirements of this contract. These changes may be proposed for reasons of economy, improved performance, or to resolve increased data processing requirements. If the proposed changes are acceptable to both parties, the contractor shall submit a price change proposal to the Government for evaluation. Those proposed engineering changes that are acceptable to the Government will be processed as modifications to the contract.
(b) This applies only to those proposed changes identified by the contractor, as a proposal submitted pursuant to the provisions of this clause. As a minimum, the following information shall be submitted by the contractor with each proposal:
(1) A description of the difference between the existing contract requirement and the proposed change, and the comparative advantages and disadvantages of each.
(2) Itemized requirements of the contract that must be changed if the proposal is adopted, and the proposed revision to the contract for each such change.
(3) An estimate of the changes in performance costs, if any, that will result from adoption of the proposal.
(4) An evaluation of the effects the proposed change would have on collateral costs to the Government such as Government-furnished property costs, costs of related items, and costs of maintenance and operation.
(5) A statement of the time by which the change order adopting the proposal must be issued so as to obtain the maximum benefits of the changes during the remainder of this contract. Also, any effect on the contract completion time or delivery schedule shall be identified.
(c) Engineering change proposals submitted to the Contracting Officer shall be processed expeditiously. The Government shall not be liable for proposal preparation costs or any delay in acting upon any proposal submitted pursuant to this clause. The contractor has the right to withdraw, in whole or in part, any engineering change proposal not accepted by the Government within the period specified in the engineering change proposal. The decision of the Contracting Officer as to the acceptance of any such proposal under this contract shall be final and shall not be subject to the "Disputes" clause of the contract.
(d) The Contracting Officer may accept any engineering change proposal submitted pursuant to this clause by giving the contractor written notice thereof. This written notice may be given by issuance of a modification to this contract. Unless and until a modification is executed to incorporate an engineering change proposal under this contract, the contractor shall remain obligated to perform in accordance with the terms of the existing contract.
(e) If an engineering change proposal pursuant to this clause is accepted and applied to this contract, an equitable adjustment in the contract price and in any other affected provisions of this contract shall be made in accordance with the "Changes" clause.
(f) The contractor is requested to identify specifically any information contained in its engineering change proposal which it considers confidential and/or proprietary and which it prefers not to be disclosed to the public. The identification of information as confidential and/or proprietary is for information purposes only and shall not be binding on the Government to prevent disclosure of such information. Offerors are advised that such information may be subject to release upon request pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552).