AFARS – PART 5108
Required Sources of Supplies and Services
(Revised 25 November 2020)
(h)(3)(ii)(C) The head of the contracting activity is the approval authority for actions stated in FAR 8.404(h)(3)(ii)(C). See Appendix GG for further delegation.
(a)(3)(ii). The Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology) makes the determination described in FAR 8.405-3(3)(ii). See Appendix GG for further delegation.
(b)(3)(ii)(C) The senior procurement executive makes the determination described in FAR 8.405-6(b)(3)(ii)(C). See Appendix GG for further delegation.
(d)(3) The head of the contracting activity is the approval authority for actions stated in FAR 8.405-6(d)(3). See Appendix GG for further delegation.
(b) The Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology), on a non-delegable basis, shall designate a central printing authority as set forth in FAR 8.802(b).
(c) The head of the contracting office is the approval authority for actions stated in FAR 8.1102(c). See Appendix GG for further delegation.
(a)(1) Contracting activities shall procure commodities assigned to the Army under DFARS 208.7000 according to the assignment of responsibilities issued by the Commanding General, U.S. Army Materiel Command. DFARS PGI 208.7006 lists the commodity assignments.
The Army’s software product manager is the Computer Hardware, Enterprise Software and Solutions (CHESS) Office. Information on CHESS is available via the Internet at https://chess.army.mil.
(5)(iii) Before procuring commercial software outside of the CHESS contracts, the contracting officer must ensure that the requiring activity obtains a waiver (see 5139.101-90(a)).
This subpart prescribes policy for the acquisition of civil detention facility services, when installation commanders or provost marshals deem the use of such facilities appropriate.
See Army Regulations 190-9 and 190-47.
This subpart prescribes policy for the acquisition of video productions.
(a) The Army Multimedia and Visual Information Directorate (AMVID), U.S. Army Headquarters Services, Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army, is the only multimedia and visual information activity authorized to contract for total productions. See Army Regulation 25-1 and Department of the Army Pamphlet 25-91.
(b) Direct requests for contracted total productions and non-local productions per Army Regulation 25-1 to the local visual information activity for processing to the
AMVID, Production Acquisition Division
2530 Crystal Drive, 13th Floor
Arlington, Virginia 22202-3934.
(c) The contracting officer must forward procurement requests for contracting total productions to the AMVID, Production Acquisition Division at the address in paragraph (b) in this section.
(d) For advisory and assistance services for audiovisual productions, please contact AMVID, Production Acquisition Division, at the address in paragraph (b) in this section.
This subpart prescribes policy for the acquisition of Army Continuing Education System (ACES) programs and services.
Army Regulation (AR) 621-5 establishes the ACES and prescribes policies and responsibilities for its administration.
(a) AR 350-20 provides for mission-required language training procured through ACES.
(b) AR 380-67 outlines security requirements for ACES personnel.
(a) The contracting officer may execute educational services contracts to support ACES for Active Component, Reserve Component and Army National Guard soldiers and to provide Headstart language and host nation acculturation programs for Active Component adult family members.
(b) In the continental United States, the tuition assistance procedures described in AR 621-5 are the appropriate method to obtain postsecondary and off-duty high school instruction.
(c) Use contracts for the following:
(1) Conducting Army education center instruction for programs listed in AR 621-5 and AR 350-20.
(2) Testing individuals or groups of individuals who desire to participate in ACES.
(3) Army learning center services such as the use of professional, paraprofessional or technical personnel to operate computer laboratories, information centers, language laboratories, military publications reference libraries and provide adjunct instruction for ACES participants.
(4) Education transition management services for Active Component only.
(5) Education program development, such as curriculum development, software and courseware development.
(6) Training for professional development of ACES full-time, permanent, professional staff.
See Army Regulations cited at 5108.9202(c)(1).
This subpart prescribes policy for obtaining commercial training for Army Medical Department and other Army personnel.
(a) Contracting officers shall refer questions about obtaining commercial training for Army Medical Department personnel to:
Department of Health Education and Training
2377 Greeley Road, Suite B
Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234-5075
or by telephone to (210) 295-9528, or fax to (210) 221-2832.
(b) Contracting officers shall refer questions about obtaining commercial training for other Army personnel to the:
Office of The Deputy Chief Of Staff, G1
Director of Military Personnel Management
300 Army Pentagon
Washington DC 20310-0300
or by telephone to DSN 225-5881 or (703) 695-5881.
This subpart prescribes policy for foreign language support contracts.
“Foreign language support,” as used in this subpart, means services which require the ability to listen, read, speak and/or write in a foreign language, and translate the foreign language into spoken or written English. It excludes those services that specifically support the conduct of foreign language instruction, services provided under personal services contracts, or contracted services that use Special Operations Major Force Program-11 funds.
(a) Except as provided in (b), contracting officers shall use contracts administered by the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) to procure foreign language support.
(b)(1) If the contracting officer contemplates using a non-INSCOM-administered contract to procure foreign language support, the contracting officer shall send an exception request to the following address no later than 90 days prior to the proposed contract award:
USARMY Pentagon HQDA DCS G-2 List Foreign Language Office
(2) At a minimum, the request for exception shall include –
(i) The scope of the contract to include the mission, the number of linguists required, and the job description of the linguists;
(ii) A justification statement;
(iii) The type of funds to be used to pay for the contract;
(iv) Copies of the proposed contract and statement of work;
(v) Any special Government-provided benefits; and
(vi) The point-of-contact information for the proposed contract.
(3) HQDA Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence (G-2) will review the exception request and notify the requestor whether the proposed award can proceed.
(c) Army organizations with existing contracts for foreign language support outside the INSCOM-administered contracts shall contact the G-2 at the address provided in paragraph (b)(1) of this section to determine if movement of the requirements to the INSCOM-administered contracts is appropriate.