FEMA IS 245.A: Introduction to the Defense Priorities and Allocations System (DPAS) Answers

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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.

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