FEMA IS-246 Answers

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This course provides specific procedures for using FPAS priority ratings for contracts and orders that support FEMA programs.

The course highlights the critical role FPAS plays in supporting FEMA’s mission and covers the FPAS process, procedures for placing rated orders, roles of FEMA employees in the process, and how to address challenges.

The course is mandatory for FPAS Officers and strongly recommended for program officials, Contracting Officers/Specialists, and anyone interested in learning more about FPAS. The course code has a “calendar-year” extension to allow FEMA staff to retake the course as a recurring requirement. A minimum passing score of 75% is required to earn the IACET CEU.

FEMA IS-246.23: Implementing the Federal Priorities and Allocations System (FPAS) Answers

Who directs the use of priority ratings in support of DPAS Approved Programs?FEMA program officials/heads of components.
Which of the following items or services are generally eligible for DPAS support?Cots and blankets to help house survivors at a shelter during a declared emergency or disaster.
With assistance from the DPAS Officer, Form BIS-999, Request for Special Priorities Assistance, should be completed by:The person with the most information about the problem.
If a DPAS problem is identified, the DPAS Officer first:Gathers information from those involved with the rated order (government and/or private sector).
The DPAS Officer must coordinate with the Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative before contacting the:Prime contractor.
DPAS priority ratings may be used for “industrial resources,” which include:Construction materials for a construction project.
The DPAS Officer should promptly forward any unresolved questions or requests for Special Priorities Assistance to the:Lead DPAS Officer.
Who typically resolves problems or issues that arise after a DPAS rated order has been placed?DPAS Officer
The most commonly used DPAS priority rating for FEMA programs is DO-N1, which applies to:Federal emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities.
The four required elements of a DPAS rated order are the priority rating, contract clause, signature of the Contracting Officer/Specialist, and the delivery or performance date. That date must:Be specific (e.g., a month, day, and year).
The prime contractor is generally required to take all of the following actions, EXCEPT:Accept a rated order if the contractor normally produces the item for sale.
To acquire items or services with a rated order that fall outside DPAS jurisdiction over “industrial resources,” coordination is required through the:Prime contractor and the supply chain.
Which document contains guidance and procedures for the use of DPAS priority ratings in support of FEMA programs?FEMA DPAS Manual.
DPAS Officers should engage in the following activities as required, EXCEPT:Authorize use of DPAS priority ratings to support acquisition of items in a declared emergency or disaster.
Which of the following conditions is required before a DPAS priority rating may be used in contracts and orders?The program and acquisition activity are both deemed eligible for DPAS support.
Based on the direction of FEMA program officials, who places DPAS rated orders?Contracting Officers/Specialists.
Special Priorities Assistance is required:When a DPAS problem cannot be easily resolved in a timely manner.
The FEMA program official is required to submit a report to the Office of Policy and Program Analysis on the use of DPAS priority ratings. This report must be submitted:Quarterly
An item is considered “common use” if it is commercially available, used off-the-shelf without modification, AND:Available in sufficient quantity for program requirements.
If a contractor cannot deliver items in the requested timeframe and rejects a rated order, the contractor must:Offer the earliest possible delivery date(s).


  1. IS-246.23: Implementing the Federal Priorities and Allocations System (FPAS)

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