IDIQ Contracting

Indefinite Delivery & Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) is not a type of contract it is a contracting vehicle. IDIQ is a frame agreement or multiple award schedule with define terms and conditions. An IDIQ does not become a contract until a Task Order or Delivery Order is placed on the IDIQ. 20+ years ago IDIQ contracting was done only by exception. Today, IDIQ contracting is the vast majority of all U.S. Government transactions.

With GP&M’s Electronic Portal System you can easily identify current and past IDIQ’s and the Prime Contractor who holds that contract. This allows you the ability to contact them and bid for their sub-contractor business or aid them in meeting Set-Aside mandatory requirements of their contract as a certified Small Business (23%), WOSB –Women Owned Small Business (5%) , SDVOSB- Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (3%), SDB- Small Disadvantaged Business (5%), or HUB Zone qualified business (3%). 39% of all government business must go to Designated Small Business concerns. That’s a total of $173.5 Billion dollars every year specifically mandated for set-aside small businesses.

IDIQ contracting vehicles are fast and easy to use for the U.S. Government. IDIQ Contracting allows for great flexibility;

  • Lowest Price or Best Value source selection
  • Different Types of contracts on same vehicle (Fixed Price, Cost-Reimbursement, Time-and-Material)
  • Variable quantity
  • Variable delivery dates
  • Multiple year contract

Task orders can be developed and added quickly to IDIQ contracting vehicles, and can allow for increased competition for initial IDIQ award, plus competition for task order awards.

U.S. Federal Procurement Budget

Winners & Losers

(Increases and decreases in IDIQ contracting based on previous year)


  • Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) + 10%
  • Department of Transportation (DOT) + 4%
  • Department of Justice (DOJ) + 2%
  • Department of Commerce (DOC) +2%
  • Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) +2%
  • National Institute of Health (NIH) + 2%

U.S. Federal Procurement Spending
(# of Transactions & Dollar Ranges)


  • Department of Defense (DOD) – 8%
  • Department of Treasury (Treasury) – 7%
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) – 4%
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – 3%
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – 2%

U.S. Federal Procurement Spending
(Types of Transactions & Sum of Dollars %)