Answer key 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.B Answers and course notes detailing how program officials use DPAS and procedures for resolving DPAS issues. ou may also be interested in our FEMA IS 246 Answer Key, FEMA IS 520 Answer Key, or FEMA IS 1300 Answer Key, FEMA IS 27 Answers Guide.
This course introduces the Federal Priorities and Allocations System (FPAS), 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 FPAS supports the FEMA mission.
Upon completing this course, the participant will be able to describe:
- How FPAS supports timely procurement of materials and services.
- How program officials use FPAS.
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and contractor responsibilities under FPAS.
- Procedures for placing priority-rated contracts and orders (rated orders).
- Limitations on use of rated orders.
- Procedures for resolving FPAS issues.
All FEMA personnel responsible for management and oversight of FEMA emergency management programs, including:
- FEMA program officials responsible for directing the use of FPAS priority ratings, and
- FPAS Officers appointed to advise and assist FEMA program officials in FPAS administration.
In addition, anyone interested in learning more about FPAS, such as Contracting Officers/Specialists, may complete this course.
EXAMPLE FEMA IS 254.B QUESTIONS
Can priority rated orders be placed in support of emergency preparedness or response activities even without a Presidential declaration of emergency or major disaster?
A. Only when the relevant determination department attests that a disaster or emergency declaration appears imminent
B. No, a disaster or emergency MUST be declared before priority ratings can be used.
C. Yes. Priority rating authority is not dependent on an emergency or disaster declaration and can be used during “steady state” operations.
D. Only when place on indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity standby contracts
Do rated orders always take precedence over unrated orders?
A. Yes, unless the vendor refuses to do business with the government
B. Yes, unless there is an existing, longstanding contract between the vendor and a customer with unrated orders
C. Yes, always when necessary to meet delivery dates specified in the rated orders
D. Only if the entity placing the rating pays at least 10% more than other potential buyers
The Defense Production Act defines which term as programs for military and energy production or construction, military or critical infrastructure assistance to any foreign nation, homeland security, stockpiling, space, and any directly related activity
A. homeland security
B. national defense
C. national emergency
D. DPAS eligible programs
Which entities involved in an action related to a priority-rated contract or order may initiate a request for Special Priorities Assistance
A. A program official, a Contracting Officer, or an FPAS Officer
B. Only a Contracting Specialist
C. Only the Department of Commerce
D. The President and/or the DHS Secretary
Which of the following items would normally be eligible for DPAS support?
A. Nonperishable food
B. Office furniture and supplies
C. Bottled water and ice
D. Specialized communications equipment
What process can help resolve conflicts and delivery delays?
A. DPAS Delegation 1
B. Voluntary Agreements
C. Special Priorities Assistance
D. DPA Arbitration
DHS Approved Programs include all of the following EXCEPT
A. Programs to protect or restore critical infrastructure
B. Programs to build new infrastructure
C. Programs involving emergency preparedness activities conducted pursuant to title VI of the Stafford Act
D. Programs to address chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats
within the United States
Which of the following FEMA entities may direct the use of priority ratings in support of FEMA programs?
A. A Contracting Officer/Specialist
B. Any FEMA employee
C. An FPAS Officer
D. An authorized FEMA Program Official
DPA Section 101 Authority can be used to
A. Allow the federal government to compete with other customers in an open-bidding process
B. Compel manufacturers to produce products in support of the federal government
C. Commandeer private supplies on behalf of state and local governments
D. Require acceptance and priority performance of contracts and orders to promote the national defense
Responsibility for determining whether programs are necessary or appropriate to promote the national defense lies with
A. Only a Lead FPAS Officer
B. The Department of Commerce
C. FEMA’s Office of Policy and Program Analysis
D. The President of the United States
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