FEMA IS 245.a Introduction to the Defense Priorities and Allocations System (DPAS) Study Guide

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The study guide to Introduction to the Defense Priorities and Allocation Systems. By the end you will have a basic understanding of the DPAS system. The guide includes FEMA IS 245.A Answers and course notes detailing how program officials use DPAS and procedures for resolving DPAS issues. You may also be interested in our FEMA IS 246 Answers Guide.

Course Overview

This course introduces the Defense Priorities and Allocations System (DPAS), a regulation to help ensure the priority performance of contracts and orders for the timely delivery of critical materials and services to meet program requirements.  The course describes how the DPAS supports the FEMA mission.

Course Objectives

Upon completing this course, the participant will be able to describe:

  • How DPAS supports timely procurement of materials and services.
  • How program officials use DPAS.
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and contractor responsibilities under DPAS.
  • Procedures for placing priority-rated contracts and orders (rated orders).
  • Limitations on use of rated orders.
  • Procedures for resolving DPAS issues.

Primary Audience
All FEMA personnel responsible for management and oversight of FEMA emergency management programs, including:

  • FEMA program officials responsible for directing the use of DPAS priority ratings, and
  • DPAS Officers appointed to advise and assist FEMA program officials in DPAS administration.

In addition, anyone interested in learning more about DPAS, such as Contracting Officers/Specialists, may complete this course.


Special Priorities Assistance may be requested for all of the following actions, EXCEPT:
A. Identifying a supplier capable of meeting a required delivery date.
B. Resolving production or delivery conflicts among rated orders.
C. Assisting the placement of rated orders with a potential supplier.
D. Securing a price advantage or other form of competitive benefit.

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Anyone involved in an action related to a priority-rated contract or order (i.e., program official, Contracting Officer/Specialist, DPAS Officer, or contractor) may initiate a request for Special Priorities Assistance.
A. True
B. False

Which of the following items would, normally, be eligible for DPAS support?
A. Office furniture and supplies
B. Specialized communications equipment
C. Bottled water and ice
D. Nonperishable food

Priority ratings may be used for ‘common use’ items, only if these items require modification or are scarce (insufficient quantity to meet program requirements).
A. True
B. False

When a DPAS rated order is placed, the contractor must do all of the following tasks, EXCEPT:
A. Accept the rated order if the material or service is normally supplied.
B. Provide preferential performance as needed to meet program delivery requirements.
C. Deliver the specified end product within 10 business days.
D. Place rated orders with any subcontractors or suppliers.

Priority rated contracts or orders can be issued ONLY if:
A. There are known or anticipated procurement problems.
B. The media reports on delayed supplies or services for disaster survivors.
C. There is a preparedness, response, or recovery requirement.
D. The Presidential signs an emergency or disaster declaration.

A Presidential declaration of emergency or major disaster is required before DPAS rated orders may be used to support emergency preparedness or response activities.
A. True
B. False

Which of the following FEMA entities may direct the use of DPAS priority ratings in support of FEMA programs?
A. Any FEMA employee
B. A FEMA Program Official
C. A DPAS Officer
D. A Contracting Officer/Specialist

Contracting Officers/Specialists place rated orders at the direction of program officials.
A. True
B. False

In general, DPAS priority ratings may be used in contracts or orders for which of the following items:
A. Industrial Resources
B. Health Supplies
C. Civil Transportation
D. All Forms of Energy

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