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Independent Government Cost Estimate SOP

This SOP has internal roles only.

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This standard operating procedure (SOP) includes the following sections: Purpose, Procedure, Contacts, and Links.


To develop an assessment of the probable cost of supplies or services being acquired to ensure NIAID has enough funds, and help determine the reasonableness of an offeror's proposed costs and understanding of the work.


Program staff work with contract specialists to develop the independent government cost estimate (IGCE), required as Part VI of the acquisition package. For major capital investments, ensure that the IGCE is consistent with the budget estimates included in the current HHS business case.

Use the IGCE for your analysis of the cost of individual aspects of the overall project and to determine an offeror’s understanding of the solicitation and the reasonableness of an offeror’s proposed costs.

Address all applicable information and contributing cost factors for the specific project where required on the prescribed OPDIV form, including, at a minimum, all direct, indirect, and profit/fee cost factors, as applicable. Include separate estimates for all performance increments, such as options. Include yearly and project totals.

Contracting Officer's Representative (COR)

Contract Staff

  • Help COR develop an independent government cost estimate.


NIAID staff should work with the appropriate contract specialist or contracting officer's representative (COR).

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Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) SOP

FAR Part 7, Acquisition Planning

HHSAR Part 307—Acquisition Planning

Last Updated September 04, 2015

Last Reviewed September 04, 2015