(Revised December 31, 2012)
PGI 239.74—TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES
(See DFARS 239.74, DFARS/PGI view)
(c) Foreign carriers.
(i) Frequently, foreign carriers are owned by the government of the country in which they operate. The foreign governments often prescribe the methods of doing business.
(ii) In contracts for telecommunications services in foreign countries, describe the rates and practices in as much detail as possible. It is DoD policy not to pay discriminatory rates. DoD will pay a reasonable rate for telecommunications services or the rate charged the military of that country, whichever is less.
(iii) Refer special problems with telecommunications acquisition in foreign countries to higher headquarters for resolution with appropriate State Department representatives.
Documents related to DoD’s delegated authority to enter into telecommunications service contracts are available here.
Examples of instances where certified cost or pricing data, if required in accordance with FAR 15.403-4, or data other than certified cost or pricing data, if required in accordance with FAR 15.403-3, may be necessary to support price reasonableness include—
(1) Nontariffed services;
(2) Special rates and charges not included in a tariff, whether filed or to be filed;
(3) Special assembly rates and charges;
(4) Special construction and equipment charges;
(5) Contingent liabilities that are fixed at the outset of the service;
(7) Rates contained in voluntary tariffs filed by nondominant common carriers; or
(8) A tariff, whether filed or to be filed, for new services installed or developed primarily for Government use.
When using a basic agreement in conjunction with a communication service authorization—
(1) Use DD Form 428, Communication Service Authorization (CSA), or an electronic data processing substitute to award, modify, cancel, or terminate telecommunications services. The CSA shall—
(i) Refer to the basic agreement;
(ii) Specify the types and quantities and equipment to be provided as well as the tariff (or other price if a tariff is not available) of those services and equipment;
(iii) Specify the premises involved;
(iv) Cite the address for billing;
(v) Identify the disbursing office;
(vi) Provide funding information; and
(vii) Include an expiration date.
(2) Before awarding a CSA, comply with the requirements in FAR and DFARS, e.g., for competition, reviews, approvals, and determinations and findings.