Military and Commercial Shipbuilding and Repair Programs Purchase Order General Terms and Conditions

Rev. S December 16, 2022

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  1. Definitions
    1. ABS” (a) “ABS” means the American Bureau of Shipping.
    2. Buyer” means National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, aka “General Dynamics NASSCO” or “NASSCO.”
    3. Contract” means these General Terms and Conditions (these “MILGEN terms and conditions”), together with any Purchase Order or other master agreement or the like incorporating these MILGEN terms and conditions, or other instrument of contracting, including all referenced documents, exhibits, and attachments. If these MILGEN terms and conditions are incorporated into a master agreement that provides for releases, (in the form of a Purchase Order or other type of document), the term “Contract” shall also mean the release document for the Contract Work to be performed. Any reference to Seller’s quotation, bid or proposal shall not create any acceptance of any terms, conditions, or instructions contained in such document. Any invoice, acknowledgement or other communication issued by Seller in connection with the Contract shall be construed to be for record keeping and accounting purposes only. Any terms and conditions stated in such communication shall not be applicable to the Contract and shall not be considered to be Seller’s exceptions to the Contract and are not binding on Buyer and Buyer rejects all such terms and conditions.
    4. Contract Price” means the total amount to be paid in consideration of Seller’s full performance.
    5. Contract Work” means the products, material, apparatus, equipment, supplies, articles, data, services and/or goods which are the subject of the Contract.
    6. Contracting Officer” means the person(s) authorized to negotiate, approve, enter into and deliver contracts, and change orders for the Government.
    7. Customer” means NASSCO’s customer, which may be the Government, a commercial entity or another higher tier contractor for which the Contract Work will be performed.
    8. Delivery” means acceptance of the Vessel by the Customer, if any, or acceptance of the Contract Work by Buyer, whichever is later..
    9. Facilities” means: (i) NASSCO’s shipyard or other facilities used by Buyer or its affiliates located in the San Diego, California area or Baja California, Mexico; (ii) Government military bases and Customer shipyards or other Customer locations where Contract Work is performed; and (iii) all other locations designated in writing by Buyer.
    10. FAR” means Federal Acquisition Regulation as contained in Title 48, Code of Federal Regulations, and unless otherwise indicated shall be deemed to include the Department of Defense FAR Supplement (“DFARS”) as similarly contained in Title 48, Code of Federal Regulations.
    11. Force Majeure” means any event or occurrence beyond the reasonable control and without the fault or negligence of either party, which by exercise of due diligence, such party shall not have been able to mitigate, avoid or overcome through commercially reasonable efforts. Such events and occurrences may include, by way of example natural disasters, floods, windstorms, unusually severe weather and other acts of God, fires, explosions, riots, wars, acts of terrorism, sabotage, blockades, embargoes, epidemics, interruption or curtailment of utility services, and acts of the Government or Regulatory Body whose approvals or documents are required under the Contract. Failures or delays caused by a Force Majeure circumstance are neither compensable nor a breach.
    12. Furnished Property” means property, equipment, tools, devices, apparatus, material, etc., owned, leased, rented, or held in bailment by Buyer or the Customer and provided to Seller for Seller’s benefit. Seller does not gain any title or interest in the Furnished Property; however, Seller assumes the Risk of Loss for the Furnished Property while the Furnished Property is in Seller’s possession.
    13. Government” means the United States of America, acting through its authorized representative, which may include without limitation the Department of the Navy or the U.S. Coast Guard.
    14. Guaranty Period” means the warranty period, and refers to the period for which Seller guaranties to Buyer, or the Customer, and their successors and assigns, that the Contract Work will conform to the Contract, including without limitation the specifications, and be free from defects in material, workmanship and design. Except as otherwise set forth in an applicable Purchase Order or in the Special Terms and Conditions for the applicable program, the Guaranty Period shall begin after Delivery and continue for: (i) 90 days, for Contract Work delivered in support of Vessel repair for a Government Customer; (ii) 12 months, for Contract Work delivered in support of new Vessel construction for a Government Customer; and (iii) 12 months, for Contract Work delivered in support of new Vessel construction for a commercial (non-Government) Customer.
    15. Lien” means any lien, mechanic’s lien, materialmen’s lien, possessory or other liens, stop notice, bond right, security interest, encumbrance or other right in personam or in rem of every nature, whether arising by statute, common law, or in admiralty, charges, encumbrances or security interests placed in, created by or through Seller or its Suppliers.
    16. Manufacturing Materials” means completed Contract Work, partially completed Contract Work, and materials, parts, tools, dies, fixtures, plans, drawings, information and contract rights that Seller has specifically produced or acquired for the Contract.
    17. OCM” means Original Component Manufacturer.
    18. OEM” means Original Equipment Manufacturer.
    19. Open Source” means with respect to Software and any licenses of the same, that Software provided under a license which permits the user to run, copy, distribute, study, change, modify and/or improve the Software, but which prohibits the user from: (i) withholding improvements and/or modifications made by the user to the source code when and/if the user thereafter distributes the Software; and/or (ii) adding restrictions on use when redistributing or transferring the Software to third parties. For purposes of the Contract, “Open Source” Software shall also include “Free Software” as defined by the Free Software Foundation Inc. By way of example and not limitation, “Open Source” licenses shall include such licenses as the GNU General Public License, the Mozilla Public License 1.1, Apache Software License Version 2.0, the Academic Free License 2.0, and Open Software License 2.0.
    20. PIR” means Problem Identification Report.
    21. Prime Contract” means the contract between Buyer and the Customer.
    22. Procurement Representative” means the person authorized by Buyer to negotiate, approve, enter into and deliver Purchase Orders, subcontracts and other engagements, and change orders thereto. Procurement Representatives do not include any production, deck plate supervisors, engineering or technical personnel.
    23. Purchase Order” means any written instrument from Buyer for Contract Work. The Purchase Order is an integral part of the Contract.
    24. REA” means Request for Equitable Adjustment.
    25. Regulatory Body” means any Governmental or quasi-Governmental agency or external independent organization (including but not limited to ABS, FCC, FDA, EPA, USCG, Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of State) that regulates compliance of products or activities relating to the parties, the Contract or the Contract Work.
    26. Risk of Loss” is the term used to determine which party should bear the risk of damage or destruction occurring to the Contract Work.
    27. Seller” means the party identified in the Contract to provide the Contract Work, as well as all of their directors, officers, and employees. For purposes of the Independent Contractor clause, Insurance and Indemnity provisions only, “Seller” shall also include Seller’s agents, representatives, subcontractors and suppliers at any tier.

    • bb. “Software” means: (i) computer programs, source code, source code listings, executable code, machine readable code, object code listings, design details, algorithms, and related material that would enable software to be read, reproduced, recreated, or recompiled; (ii) associated documentation such as operating manuals, application manuals, and installation and operating instructions that explain the capabilities of software and provide instructions on using the software; and (iii) derivative works, enhancements, modifications, and copies of the items identified in (i) and (ii) above.

    • cc. “Supplier” means any supplier, vendor, subcontractor, or entity providing products, goods, services or other items to Seller used in support of the Contract.

    • dd. “Vessel(s)” means one or more of the ships to be constructed or repaired under the terms of the Prime Contract.

  2. Acceptance, Conflicting Terms, Integration, Amendment and Governing Law
    1. Any performance by Seller shall constitute unqualified acceptance of the Contract. The parties agree that a signed acknowledgement is not a condition precedent to Contract enforceability by either party.
    2. Any terms proposed in Seller’s quote or Seller’s acceptance of the Contract that add to, vary from, or conflict with the Contract or any part of the Contract, including any Purchase Order and these MILGEN terms and conditions, are rejected by Buyer and shall have no effect on the Contract unless incorporated by Buyer into the Contract by referencing such additional, varying and conflicting terms on an applicable Purchase Order.
    3. The Contract integrates, merges, and supersedes any contemporaneous and prior offers, understandings, negotiations or agreements concerning the subject matter, and constitutes the entire agreement between the parties. Seller represents that, in entering the Contract, it does not rely on any previous oral or implied representation, inducement, or understanding of any kind.
    4. The Contract may be amended or modified only by a written instrument executed by each party’s authorized representatives.
    5. The Contract is governed by and interpreted under the laws of the State of California, excluding California’s conflict or choice of law rules, except that any provision included in the Special Terms and Conditions (i.e., FAR/DFARS clause full text or reference or a Government agency clause flow-down) shall be construed and interpreted according to the federal common law of Government contracts as applied by federal judicial bodies, boards of contract appeals, and quasi-judicial agencies of the Government. The rights and remedies in the Contract are cumulative with, and in addition to, all other or further rights and remedies provided in law or equity, except as otherwise expressly provided elsewhere in the Contract.
    6. The Contract shall not be varied, supplemented, qualified or interpreted by any prior course of dealing, usage of trade or course of performance between the parties and shall be interpreted without regard to which party drafted or is deemed to have drafted the Contract. If any of the provisions of the Contract are found to be invalid, the remaining provisions shall not be affected, and the Contract shall be interpreted as if not containing such provisions. All headings and numbering are for administrative convenience only and shall not be used to interpret the Contract.
  3. Assignment; Subcontracting or Delegation
    Seller may not assign, subcontract or delegate any of its rights (including without limitation any right to receive payments), interest or performance, in whole or in part, voluntarily or by operation of law, without obtaining Buyer’s prior written consent. Buyer may assign all or a portion of its rights, duties and obligations under the Contract or the Contract itself in whole or in part to any third party, Customer, or successor contractor pursuant to the Prime Contract.
  4. Changes and Requests for Equitable Adjustment Submissions
    1. This clause covers all forms of changes to the Contract, including without limitation, all agreed upon change orders as well as Requests for Equitable Adjustment (“REAs”), changes characterized under Government Prime Contracts such as new growth, Condition Found Reports (“CFRs”) and Request for Contract Changes (“RCCs”). Nothing in this clause shall excuse Seller from proceeding with diligent performance.
    2. Seller is advised that Buyer is under strict contractual terms with the Customer and Buyer is not allowed to make any change without first securing prior written approval from the Customer. Seller must notify Buyer of changes that Seller makes in its design, manufacturing process or commercial specifications that affect Contract Work, even if such changes do not materially alter the form, fit or function of such Contract Work. Seller shall inform Buyer of such changes before such changes take effect and not less than 30 days before the applicable delivery date specified in the Purchase Order. Seller is not authorized to make any changes until approved by Buyer’s authorized Procurement Representatives pursuant to subparagraph 4(c).
    3. Only Buyer’s authorized Procurement Representatives have authority to make changes to the Contract Work and make an equitable adjustment in the Contract Price. All amendments must be in writing and signed by the parties.
    4. Engineering or technical personnel whether employed by Buyer or the Customer, may from time to time render assistance or give technical advice or discuss or exchange information with Seller’s personnel concerning the Contract Work. Such actions, however, shall not be deemed to be a change under this clause and shall not be the basis for any REA. Without limiting the foregoing, Seller acknowledges that absolutely no information, advice, approvals, direction or instructions given by any of Buyer’s engineering or technical personnel or any third party, including without limitation the Government, will amend the Contract and Seller will not assert that any of the foregoing is a change or a constructive change to the Contract. Seller assumes all responsibility and risk if it acts upon any direction other than from Buyer’s authorized Procurement Representative.
    5. Upon receiving written direction from Buyer’s authorized Procurement Representative, in the form of a request for proposal or otherwise, Seller shall submit a proposal including a detailed written estimate of the impact of any change or proposed change on the Contract Price, the performance or delivery schedule, and the performance capabilities of the Contract Work. Each such written estimate shall include Seller’s applicable labor hours, labor rates and materials (including total cost of material and, for each material line item, the part number, description, unit cost, quantity, and any applicable Supplier quote), and Seller shall provide all tiered subcontractor and Supplier quotes, if applicable. Each such proposal shall be submitted by Seller to Buyer within 10 days or as otherwise specified following Seller’s receipt of Buyer’s written request; provided, however, that Seller shall submit such proposals to Buyer within 24 hours following Seller’s receipt of Buyer’s request pertaining to any change or proposed change under a contract or subcontract for repair or maintenance of any Government Vessel.
    6. The pricing of any change order, request for proposal, or equitable adjustment or any other adjustment shall be in accordance with the cost principles in FAR Part 31 when cost analysis is applicable. Seller’s failure to adhere to the time deadlines in asserting its equitable adjustment claim shall cause Seller to waive its ability to make a claim. Buyer may, in its sole discretion, consider any claim regardless of when asserted. Disagreement on price or the settlement of any dispute arising under this Contract shall be addressed pursuant to the Disputes provision of the Contract.
    7. Buyer will issue a change order in the form of an additional or amended Purchase Order, adding or deleting elements of either the price or the time to complete the Contract Work after the parties reach agreement on the change request. If the parties do not reach agreement or an accord and satisfaction, then Seller shall submit a written REA to Buyer fully stating, with all forms of back-up data, (e.g., specific and clear time records for laborers as to what they were doing, when, for what duration, and at what price, any underlying contracts for additional or different materials, delivery charges, etc.), as to why Seller is entitled to a price and/or time adjustment.
    10. Seller shall certify that any REA for Contract Work in support of a Government Prime Contract is made in accordance with the provisions of the Contract Disputes Act of 1978, 41 U.S.C. § 601 et seq. Seller shall indemnify and hold Buyer harmless for any claim or legal action resulting from Buyer’s submittal of Seller’s REA to the Customer in support of a Government Prime Contract.
  5. Compliance with Conflict Mineral Requirements
    1. Seller certifies that, regardless of whether Seller is publicly traded or not, Seller will notify Buyer in writing if Seller provides any Contract Work containing or using Conflict Minerals from Covered Countries, as those terms are defined by and consistent with the Securities and Exchange Commission’s final rule on Conflict Minerals, 17 CFR Parts 240 and 249(b), promulgated pursuant to Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Rule”). This written notification shall comply with SEC Conflict Minerals disclosure requirements defined in the Rule.
    2. Seller agrees to:
      1. Disclose to Buyer if any of the Conflict Minerals are necessary to the functionality or production of the Contract Work delivered under the Contract;
      2. Identify to Buyer such Conflict Minerals that either did not originate in the Covered Countries or came from recycled or scrap sources;
      3. Identify to Buyer such Conflict Minerals that originated in the Democratic Republic of Congo or an adjoining country; and
      4. Provide to Buyer a description of the measures Seller took to exercise due diligence on the source and chain of custody of such Conflict Minerals.
    3. Seller will maintain records to support the information provided by Seller pursuant to this Clause and make such records available for review by Buyer promptly upon Buyer’s request.
    4. Seller acknowledges that Buyer may use and disclose Conflict Minerals information provided by Seller hereunder in order to satisfy Buyer’s disclosure obligations under the Rule.
  6. Compliance with Ethics
    Seller shall comply with the General Dynamics Standards of Business Ethics and Conduct, which can be found at or, alternatively, Seller shall comply with any substantially equivalent business ethics and conduct standards of Seller. In this respect, Seller has an ethical obligation and legal responsibility to warn Buyer of any illegal conduct, or acts of impropriety Seller discovers, or reasonably should have discovered, in the course of performing the Contract Work. Seller shall defend, indemnify and hold Buyer harmless from any and all claims and liabilities resulting from noncompliance under this Clause.
  7. Compliance with Law
    Seller shall fully comply with all applicable local, state, and federal laws, orders, rules, regulations and ordinances. Seller shall procure all licenses and permits and pay all fees and other required charges. Seller shall comply with all applicable guidelines and directives of any local, state, or federal governmental agency. Seller further warrants that all Contract Work complies fully with applicable federal and state Occupational Health and Safety legislation, and the related regulations to the extent applicable. Seller certifies that it has an affirmative action policy ensuring equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law and that it maintains no facilities segregated on these bases. Seller certifies that it is in compliance, and shall at all times remain in compliance with all applicable anti-corruption and anti-bribery laws, including without limitation to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977, as amended. The Seller and all subcontractors shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that covered prime contractors and subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status or disability. Seller shall defend, indemnify and hold Buyer harmless from any and all claims and liabilities resulting from noncompliance under this clause.

    1. Seller shall comply with the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018, as amended from time-to-time, including the provisions of the California Privacy Rights Act of 2020 (Cal. Civ. Code § 1798.100 et seq.) and implementing regulations (collectively, “CPRA”). The purpose of this Contract is limited to the requirements stated in the Contract documents, including these terms and conditions, purchase orders, and other related documents which set forth the work obligations of Seller; this Contract is not intended to be a sale of “personal information” as defined for purposes of the CPRA. Specifically, and without limiting the foregoing statutory and regulatory requirements, with regard to this Contract Seller agrees as follows:

      1. Personal information received from NASSCO or collected or otherwise obtained by Seller in connection with this Contract shall be used solely for the performance of Seller’s obligations specified in this Contract.
      2. Upon notification by NASSCO, Seller agrees to take reasonable and appropriate steps to stop or remediate unauthorized use of personal information.
      3. In the event of a release of personal information by Seller outside of the authorized use of such information, Seller shall promptly notify the NASSCO procurement representative of the release along with details about the circumstances, extent and timing of the release.
      4. Seller is not authorized to sell or share personal information.
      5. Seller shall not retain, use, disclose personal information other than for the purposes specified in this Contract.
      6. Seller shall not use or disclose personal information outside the Parties’ direct business relationship.
      7. Seller shall not combine personal information with personal information received from another party or directly from an individual unless permitted by the CPRA.
      8. To the extent that CPRA imposes obligations on NASSCO in connection with personal information exchange under this Contract, Seller agrees to comply with such obligations by virtue of Seller’s possession or control of such personal information.

  8. Confidentiality and Third Party Intellectual Property Rights
    Information furnished by Buyer and identified as “NASSCO Proprietary/Trade Secret Information” or otherwise identified including without limitation as proprietary or subject to restricted access or dissemination shall, as between Seller and Buyer, be and remain Buyer’s intellectual property or Customer’s intellectual property. Such information shall not be duplicated, used or disclosed by or on behalf of Seller except for the purpose and to the extent necessary for Contract performance. Upon Contract completion, all such information shall be delivered to Buyer or destroyed by Seller as Buyer specifies (including all copies). Absent contrary instructions, Seller shall destroy all NASSCO proprietary or confidential information within 1 year after termination or completion of the Purchase Order or Contract, and Seller shall provide a written acknowledgement confirming destruction of the information to the Buyer. Seller shall use its best efforts to maintain the confidentiality of this information. Seller may disclose such information only to those third parties who have a need to know such information for Contract performance, and provided that such third parties are informed of the confidential nature of the same and have agreed in writing to protect such information consistent with Seller’s obligations hereunder. These obligations are not imposed upon Seller if such information is (i) available to the public or known through no wrongful act of Seller; (ii) already known to or in the possession of Seller prior to the disclosure thereof by Buyer, and there is competent evidence to demonstrate either condition; (iii) approved for release by the prior written approval of Buyer; (iv) rightfully received by Seller from a third party; or (v) independently developed by Seller without the use of the information as demonstrated by competent evidence. Seller further represents that it has read and understood the specifications, and that based on its past experience and superior knowledge, Seller warrants to Buyer and its successors in interest that the manufacture, sale or use of the Contract Work, whether manufactured in accordance with the specification or otherwise, does not and will not infringe or interfere with any intellectual property rights(s) of any third party, including, without limitation, patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, industrial design or other proprietary rights. Seller shall defend, indemnify and hold Buyer harmless for any alleged claim of infringement of any third party intellectual property right as set forth in the Indemnity Clause.

    In addition:
    1. Seller acknowledges and agrees that the design of the Vessels represents the accumulated experience, knowledge and expertise of NASSCO, and such design, including any subsequent changes thereto, as contained in the specifications, is the proprietary intellectual property of NASSCO and that it has substantial commercial value. Therefore, Buyer reserves all rights of ownership in the specifications.
    2. For all Contract Work, Seller shall use only those portions of the specifications as are required to perform hereunder. Seller shall not disclose the specifications, in whole or in part, except as expressly allowed in writing by Buyer and only for performing Contract Work. Without limiting the foregoing, Seller shall not without the express consent of Buyer disclose any portions of the specifications in such a complete form as would enable third parties to construct, or have constructed, a vessel of the same design as the Vessels without: (i) expressly prohibiting the further disclosure thereof; and (ii) expressly prohibiting the use thereof for the purpose of designing, constructing, repairing or having designed, constructed, or repaired, another vessel of the same design as the Vessels. For purposes of this paragraph, “third parties” shall not include ABS, U.S. Coast Guard, or any other U.S. Regulatory Body or agency. At Buyer’s sole discretion, it may require Seller to execute a Non-Disclosure Agreement with additional or more stringent requirements.
    3. Any design or engineering data only, in whatever form, relating to the Vessels that is produced by Seller under the Contract shall be considered a “work made for hire”. In this regard, Seller agrees to assign, and does hereby assign, all rights, title and interest in and to all such design or engineering data produced under the Contract, including without limitation all intellectual property right in such design or engineering data. Further, whenever requested, Seller shall immediately execute a confirmatory assignment of any particular items of Contract Work in such form as may be satisfactory to Buyer, sign all lawful papers and otherwise perform all acts necessary or appropriate to enable Buyer to obtain and enforce all available legal protections for all such Contract Work. Notwithstanding anything else herein to the contrary, Buyer acknowledges and agrees that Seller may own certain know-how, trade secrets, plans, designs and construction information, processes, manufacturing techniques, discoveries, inventions and ideas, product specifications, machinery, drawings, photographs, computer source codes, equipment, devices, tools and other engineering or technical information that is in existence prior to the date of the Contract between the parties, whether or not protected by law, subject to pending applications or otherwise (“Pre-Existing Intellectual Property”). To the extent that such Pre-Existing Intellectual Property is: (i) incorporated into the Contract Work, and (ii) has expressly been identified to Buyer in writing prior to commencement of any services hereunder, then such Pre-Existing Intellectual Property shall remain the property of Seller. In such case, Seller grants to Buyer a royalty-free, non-exclusive, unrestricted, irrevocable, world-wide license to use, execute, reproduce, display, perform, distribute copies of, and prepare derivative works based upon such Pre-Existing Intellectual Property as may be necessary for Buyer to use the Contract Work for the purposes for which such Contract Work was designed and intended, including Buyer’s right to provide such Pre-Existing Intellectual Property as embedded in the final deliverables provided by Buyer to the Customer. Seller also grants to Buyer and the Customer a limited use license to design, specifications, and relevant drawings but only for any purpose related to the operation, maintenance, conversion, modification and repair of Vessels. Seller hereby grants to any subsequent purchasers of any of the Vessels the same rights as are granted to Buyer and the original Customer under the Contract.
    4. For Contract Work provided in support of a Government Prime Contract, Seller grants the Government and Buyer the rights delineated in DFARS 252.227-7013 (Rights in Technical Data – Noncommercial Items), DFARS 252.227-7014 (Rights in Noncommercial Computer Software and Noncommercial Computer Software Documentation) and DFARS 252.227-7015 (Technical Data – Commercial Items ). Applicable Government procurement regulations incorporated in the Special Terms and Conditions, if referenced on the Purchase Order, shall take precedence over any conflicting terms of this Clause (Confidentiality and Third Party Intellectual Property Rights) to the extent that such regulations so require. Buyer’s review of any designs submitted by Seller shall not relieve or in any way diminish Seller’s obligations and responsibilities under the Contract. If Buyer identifies any non-conformance with Contract requirements in any of Seller’s designs, Seller, shall take the required corrective action and resubmit the affected design to Buyer. If the parties are unable to agree as to whether a design conforms to the Contract requirements, either party may treat the matter as a dispute to be resolved as provided in the Disputes Clause.
    5. Seller shall comply with the requirements as administered by the Regulatory Bodies and ABS as set forth in the specifications or Contract. If the specifications specifically require work in less than or in excess of that which is required by a Regulatory Body, such specifically required work shall be performed by Seller, at its expense, as Contract Work required by the Contract.
    6. Notwithstanding any obligations of confidentiality set forth in the Contract, including this Clause, Seller understands and agrees that the ABS and any other Regulatory Body are authorized to discuss and disclose to Buyer all submitted drawings, specifications, correspondence, and information of Seller.
    7. As Buyer and other defense prime contractors have enhanced their cyber security defenses, attackers have expanded their targets to include the supply base to find weaknesses they can exploit. Seller will employ appropriate tools and practices to protect Buyer’s provided data and advise Buyer immediately if a cyber-attack has been detected that may have compromised Seller’s data.
  9. Counterfeit Electronic Parts Prevention
    The following clause applies when Seller is providing Contract Work with any Electronic Part.
    1. Definitions:
      1. Authentic – shall mean (A) genuine; (B) purchased from the OEM, OCM or through the Authorized Dealers of the OEM or OCM; and (C) manufactured by, or at the behest and to the standards of, the manufacturer that has lawfully applied its name and trademark for that model/version of the material.
      2. Authorized Dealer – A dealer or distributor that purchases directly from the OEM or OCM and is authorized or franchised by the OEM or OCM to sell or distribute the OEM’s/OCM’s products.
      3. Counterfeit Electronic Part – An unlawful or unauthorized reproduction, substitution or alteration that has been knowingly mismarked, misidentified, or otherwise misrepresented to be an authentic, unmodified Electronic Part from the original manufacturer, or a source with the express written authority of the original manufacturer or current design activity, including an authorized aftermarket manufacturer. Unlawful or unauthorized substitution includes used Electronic Parts represented as new, or the false identification of grade, serial number, lot, number, data code, or performance characteristics. This definition includes end items, components, subcomponents, parts, or assemblies that contain them.
      4. Electronic Part – An integrated circuit, a discrete electronic component (including, but not limited to, a transistor, capacitor, resistor, or diode) or a circuit assembly, and also includes embedded software or firmware.
      5. Non-Franchised Source – Any source that is not authorized by the OEM or OCM to sell its product lines. Non-Franchised Sources may also be referred to as brokers or independent distributors.
      6. Obsolete Electronic Part – Any Electronic Part that is no longer in production by the OCM or OEM or an aftermarket manufacturer that has been provided express written authorization from the current design activity or OCM or OEM.
      7. OCM or OEM – An organization that designs and/or engineers a part or equipment and is pursuing or has obtained the intellectual property rights to that part or equipment.
      8. Suspect Counterfeit Electronic Part – A Suspect Counterfeit Electronic Part includes any Electronic Parts that Buyer becomes aware, or has reason to suspect, through credible evidence (including, but not limited to, visual inspection or testing) that provides reasonable doubt about whether the Electronic Part is Authentic. If any individual part from a lot is determined to be counterfeit or suspect counterfeit, or is an Obsolete Electronic Part or provided by a Non-Franchised Source, then the entire lot of parts will be considered to be suspect counterfeit.
    2. Terms and Conditions:
      1. Seller represents and warrants that only new and Authentic materials are used in Contract Work delivered to Buyer and that the Contract Work delivered contains no Counterfeit Electronic Parts. No material, part, or component other than a new and Authentic part is to be used unless approved in advance in writing by the Procurement Representative. To further mitigate the possibility of the inadvertent use of Counterfeit Electronic Parts, Seller shall only purchase Authentic parts/components directly from the OEMs, OCMs or through Authorized Dealers of the OEM/OCM. Seller represents and warrants that all parts/components delivered under the Contract are traceable back to the OEM/OCM. Seller must maintain and make available to Buyer, at Buyer’s request, OEM/OCM documentation that authenticates traceability of the parts/components to the applicable OEM/OCM. Purchase of parts/components from Non-Franchised Sources is not authorized unless first approved in writing by Buyer. Seller must present complete and compelling support for its request and include in its request all actions to ensure the parts/components thus procured are legitimate parts. The Procurement Representative’s approval of Seller’s request(s) does not relieve Seller’s responsibility to comply with all Contract requirements, including the representations and warranties in this paragraph.
      2. Seller shall maintain a documented system (policy, procedure, or other documented approach) that provides for prior notification and the Procurement Representative’s approval before parts/components are procured from sources other than OEMs/OCMs or the OEM’s/OCM’s Authorized Dealers. Seller shall provide copies of such documentation for its system for Buyer’s inspection upon Buyer’s request.
      3. Seller must maintain an acceptable Counterfeit Electronic Part detection and avoidance system that complies with DFARS 252.246-7007 (Contractor Counterfeit Electronic Part Detection and Avoidance System) and SAE standard AS5553, Counterfeit Electronic Parts, Avoidance, Detection, Mitigation, and Disposition.
      4. If it is determined that Counterfeit Electronic Parts or Suspect Counterfeit Electronic Parts were delivered to Buyer by Seller, the Suspect Counterfeit Electronic Parts or Counterfeit Electronic Parts will not be returned to Seller or the supplier. Buyer reserves the right to quarantine any and all Suspect Counterfeit Electronic Parts it receives and to notify the Government Industry Data Exchange Program (“GIDEP”) and other relevant government agencies. Seller shall promptly reimburse Buyer for the full cost of the Counterfeit Electronic Parts or Suspect Counterfeit Electronic Parts and Seller assumes responsibility and liability for all costs associated with the delivery of Counterfeit Electronic Parts or Suspect Counterfeit Electronic Parts, including, but not limited to, costs for identification, testing, and any corrective action required to remove and replace the Counterfeit Electronic Parts or Suspect Counterfeit Electronic Parts. The remedies in this Clause shall apply regardless of whether the warranty period or Guaranty Period has ended, and are in addition to any remedies available at law or in equity.
      5. If the procurement of materials under the Contract is pursuant to, or in support of, a contract, subcontract, or task order for delivery of goods or services to the Government, the making of a materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement, representation or claim or the falsification or concealment of a material fact in connection with the Contract may be punishable, as a federal felony, by up to 5 years’ imprisonment and/or substantial monetary fines. In addition, trafficking in counterfeit goods or services, to include military goods or services, constitutes a federal felony offense, punishable by up to life imprisonment and a fine of fifteen million dollars.
      6. Seller shall flow the requirements of this Clause (“Counterfeit Electronic Parts Prevention”) to its Suppliers at any tier who render performance or supplies to be used in support of the Contract, even if Seller itself or its Suppliers are (i) exempt from Cost Accounting Standards; (ii) are a small business; or (iii) offer commercial items for Electronic Parts or assemblies containing Electronic Parts.
      7. Seller agrees to provide records, including traceability records, to Buyer to substantiate Seller’s compliance upon Buyer’s request. Seller agrees to cooperate in good faith in the event Buyer or Buyer’s customers have a need to audit Seller’s compliance.

        Seller agrees to maintain all necessary records related to Seller’s compliance with this Clause for a minimum of 10 years after the Contract Work has been delivered.
  10. Default; Termination for Cause
    1. In advance of Seller’s actual default, if in Buyer’s opinion Seller is falling behind in its performance or is likely to breach the Contract, Buyer may request written adequate assurances from Seller that Seller remains able to perform the Contract. If Seller is unable or unwilling to provide adequate assurances within a reasonable period of time, which in no event shall be less than 3 business days, as requested, then Buyer may proceed with termination for default immediately, provided however that such termination shall be without opportunity to cure.
    2. With written notice to Seller, containing a reasonable time to cure, which in no event shall be less than 3 business days, but otherwise solely determined by Buyer, Buyer may terminate all or any part of the Contract if: (i) Seller fails to perform the Contract Work or deliver the Contract Work strictly within the time specified by the Contract or any written extension; (ii) Seller fails to perform any other material provision of the Contract; (iii) Seller fails to make progress so as to endanger performance of the Contract; or (iv) Seller’s right to conduct business is suspended, Seller becomes insolvent, Seller becomes subject to the appointment of a receiver or Seller becomes subject to assignment, reorganization or arrangement for the benefit of its creditors.
    3. In the event Buyer terminates the Contract in whole or in part as provided above, Buyer may procure goods or services similar to the Contract Work specified herein, and Seller shall be liable to Buyer for any excess costs for such similar procurement. If the Contract is terminated only in part, Seller shall continue performance of the Contract to the extent not terminated.
    4. If Buyer terminates all or any part of the Contract:
      1. Buyer may require Seller to transfer title and deliver to Buyer, as directed by Buyer, any (1) completed Contract Work; (2) partially completed Contract Work, and (3) Manufacturing Materials. Upon direction of Buyer, Seller shall also protect and preserve property in possession of Seller in which Buyer has an interest.
      2. Buyer shall pay the price specified in the Contract for completed Contract Work. Buyer shall pay a proportionate share of the Contract Price for partially completed Contract Work. Payment for Manufacturing Materials accepted by Buyer and for the protection and preservation of property shall be at Seller’s direct costs. Buyer may withhold from any amount due under the Contract any sum Buyer determines to be necessary to protect Buyer or the Customer against loss because of outstanding Liens or claims of former Lien holders.
      3. Additionally, for Contract Work in support of a Government Prime Contract, the following shall apply. If, after termination of the Contract for default, it is determined that Seller was not in default, or that the default was excusable, such notice of default shall be deemed to have been issued pursuant to the clause at FAR 52.249-2 (Termination for Convenience of the Government (Fixed Price)) incorporated herein and the Setoffs/Back-charges Clause and the rights and obligations of the parties hereto shall, in such event, be governed by said clause.
    5. The rights and remedies of Buyer under this Clause are in addition to any other rights and remedies provided by law or under the Contract.
  11. Deliveries of Contract Work
    1. Deliveries are to be made both in quantities and on dates specified in the Contract.
    2. Buyer may refuse delivery or return Contract Work at Seller’s expense when Contract Work is delivered more than 30 days in advance of the specified delivery date without the Procurement Representative’s prior written consent. The Risk of Loss remains with the Seller for Contract Work delivered more than 30 days in advance of delivery date, or in amounts that are not in compliance with the Contract, unless approved otherwise by the Procurement Representative.
    3. Buyer will not pay for, or return to Seller, any Contract Work that is delivered in excess of the quantity specified unless prior written consent and acceptance is given by the Procurement Representative.
    4. Seller is advised that NASSCO is a C-TPAT (Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism) certified company. If Seller deliveries are full (sealed) containers from countries outside the U.S., Seller shall be C-TPAT compliant and shall, upon demand of Buyer, provide documentation and assurance in a form reasonably acceptable to Buyer that Seller and all such containers conform to U.S. C-TPAT security procedures. Bulk type deliveries in open containers are excluded.
  12. Disputes
    1. Unless there are exigent circumstances and/or the imminent disclosure of information required to be protected pursuant to the Confidentiality Clause of the Contract is evident, any dispute between Buyer and Seller arising out of the Contract shall be resolved by means of the following procedure.
    2. The parties will attempt to settle in good faith all disputes related to this Contract at the lowest practicable level for a reasonable period of time, but in no event longer than four (4) months. If the parties cannot then resolve the dispute, each party reserves all its rights and remedies available at law and in equity and such remedies shall not be exclusive. Disputes upon which the parties cannot reach an amicable settlement will be construed and resolved under the laws in accordance with the clause herein entitled “Acceptance, Conflicting Terms, Integration, Amendment and Governing Law.” Seller shall bring any dispute arising under or related to this Purchase Order within two (2) years after the cause of action for such dispute accrues. Legal proceedings between the parties shall be brought in federal or state court in San Diego County, California.
    3. Notwithstanding any provisions herein to the contrary, if a decision under the prime contract is made by the Contracting Officer and such decision is also related to this Contract, said decision, if binding upon Buyer under the prime contract, shall in turn be binding upon Buyer and Seller insofar as it relates to this Contract. If Buyer elects to appeal such a decision pursuant to the “Disputes” clause in Buyer’s prime contract, any decision from such an appeal, if binding upon Buyer under the prime contract, shall in turn be binding upon Buyer and Seller insofar as it relates to this Contract.
    4. Pending final resolution of any decision, appeal, disagreement on price or contract terms, or judgment of any proceedings relating to this Contract, or the settlement of any dispute arising under this Contract, Seller shall proceed diligently with the performance of this Contract in accordance with all the terms and conditions contained herein.
  13. Export Control Compliance and Cooperation Applicable to Contract Work
    1. Seller agrees to comply fully with all applicable laws and regulations of Seller’s country and of the U.S. pertaining to the export of any hardware, software, technical data, technology or defense service, provided by, through or with the cooperation of the Buyer in the performance of this Purchase Order, whether in the U.S. or abroad. Applicable U.S. export control laws and regulations include but are not limited to the requirements of the Arms Export Control Act, 22 U.S.C. §§ 2751-2794 and 22 C.F.R. §§120-130 International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”) administered by the U.S. Department of State (available at; the Export Administration Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2401-2420 and 15 C.F.R. §§ 730-774 Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”) administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce (available at; and the U.S. Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) Regulations, 31 C.F.R. Part 500-598 (available at All aforementioned laws and regulations are herein referred to as “US Export Control Laws”.
    2. If Seller is in the business of manufacturing, exporting, re-exporting and/or brokering U.S. Munitions List (“USML”) items, Seller represents that it maintains registration with the U.S. Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls as may be required by ITAR Parts 122.1 and/or 129.3, respectively.
    3. To the extent applicable to the Contract Work, Seller shall obtain, and provide copies to Buyer of, all required export or re-export licenses, agreements or applicable license exemptions or exceptions required for Seller to use foreign classification or survey providers and to lawfully export or re-export any hardware, software, technical data, technology or, defense services.
    4. To the extent applicable to the Contract Work, and for hardware, software, technical data, technology or defense services controlled by ITAR or EAR, Seller shall include Buyer and the foreign person or entity on Seller’s U.S. export authorization if Seller desires Buyer to engage in export transactions directly with the foreign persons.
    5. Seller agrees that neither it nor any of its subsidiaries, affiliates or its Suppliers will directly or indirectly export, re-export, transfer, or release, or cause to be exported or re-exported, Buyer’s hardware, software, technical data, technology or defense services in violation of the U.S. Export Control Laws or provisions and limitations of any applicable authorizations, licenses, exemptions or exceptions.
    6. All hardware, software, technical data, technology or defense services which Seller will provide to Buyer and which are controlled by U.S. Export Control Laws and/or regulations of the country of origin shall be appropriately labeled by Seller and shall include the relevant U.S. export classification number (e.g., United States Munitions List Category number, Export Control Classification Number, EAR99, etc.) to prevent unauthorized disclosure by Buyer.
    7. Seller may not subcontract a scope of work involving transfer of hardware, software, technical data, technology or defense services unless and until the export compliance provisions of this Clause (Export Control Compliance and Cooperation Applicable to Contract Work) have been provided in writing to the Supplier(s).
    8. Unless the Purchase Order is for goods to be supplied on a “build to print” basis by Seller, and to the extent applicable to the Contract Work, Seller shall provide Buyer, upon request, with either (i) the USML category of such hardware, software, technical data or defense services that is controlled by the ITAR, or (ii) the Export Control Classification Number (“ECCN”) of such hardware, software, or technology that is subject to, or controlled by the EAR, including those items designated as “EAR99”; and shall also provide the Harmonized Tariff Schedule number (“HTS”), when applicable, for each item of hardware or software, regardless of any export regulatory designation.
    9. Upon completion of its performance under the Purchase Order, Seller and its Suppliers shall destroy or return to Buyer all of Buyer’s hardware, software, technical data or technology, which is controlled under the U.S. Export Control Laws.
    10. Seller shall notify Buyer immediately if Seller is denied an export license, or has a license or agreement revoked, or other adverse action related to export compliance relating to the Contract, Seller shall notify Buyer immediately upon being listed in any export-related Restricted, Denied or Blocked Persons List, Debarred Parties List, U.S. Federal Register General Order, or if Seller’s export privileges are otherwise denied, suspended or revoked in whole or in part by any U.S. Government entity or agency.
    11. Seller shall notify Buyer of any material change in Seller’s organization including a change name or address, acquisition or divestment of any subsidiary, or any sub-licensee, or merger with, or acquisition by another entity, whether U.S. or foreign, within 15 days of the event.
    12. Seller shall request of Buyer, 5 days in advance, in writing, any required access to the Facilities by any and all of Seller’s employees, sub-licensee, its Suppliers or other agents, at any tier, and shall include in any such request, the name and citizenship/nationality, (or in the case of dual or third country citizenship/nationality, the countries of citizenship/nationality), of each such person. For the purposes of the Contract, the term “national” refers to an individual’s place of birth, all citizenships and all lawful permanent residencies of any country. The request shall be in the form of a Visitor Authorization Letter (“VAL”) in accordance with the Security and Access requirements on Buyer’s website or as otherwise reasonably preferred by Buyer.
  14. Force Majeure
    Each party shall provide written notice to the other party of a Force Majeure event no later than 15 days after such first party has reason to know of the existence of the Force Majeure event and include any estimated impact on performance or delivery schedule. The party claiming a Force Majeure event shall provide updates every 3 days (or such other period reasonably agreed by the parties) to report the status when such event continues for a period that exceeds 3 days from the start of the impact. The parties will meet and confer in good faith with respect to termination or equitable adjustment of the Contract in the event a Force Majeure continues for 180 consecutive days or more.
  15. Furnished Property
    2. Seller shall be strictly accountable for any Furnished Property that comes into the control of Seller, including, but not limited to, any oils, fuels or other material removed from any Vessel. Unless already so marked by Buyer, Seller shall clearly mark all Furnished Property to identify the proper ownership and, upon request, shall furnish Buyer with a list of all Furnished Property in its possession. The Furnished Property shall be used only for the Contract and held at Seller’s sole risk and insured at Seller’s sole risk and insured at Seller’s sole expense in an amount equal to its replacement cost, with loss payable to Buyer. Buyer may inspect and/or remove any Furnished Property at any time at no charge to Buyer, and Buyer shall have reasonable access to Seller’s premises for such purpose. Seller shall return such Furnished Property upon Buyer’s demand, and return expenses paid as specified on the face of the Purchase Order.
    3. Seller shall protect, preserve and maintain records of all such property in conformance with the requirements of FAR Subpart 45.5 when the Contract Work is in support of a Government Prime Contract.
  16. Gratuities and Kickbacks
    Seller is prohibited from offering any gratuities (in the form of entertainment, gifts or otherwise) or kickbacks to Buyer or its employees or agents, or governmental official or any political party, party official or candidate, either directly or indirectly through an intermediary, with a view toward securing favorable treatment under the Contract or for future business opportunities or for the purpose of influencing any official act, omission, or exercise of influence on the recipient, to assist Buyer or Seller in obtaining or retaining business. Seller shall ensure that the substance of this clause is flowed down to its own lower tier subcontracts. Seller’s material breach of this clause shall be considered a material breach of the Contract and of all other contracts between the parties.
  17. Guaranty
    1. All workmanship of Seller, its Suppliers pursuant to the Contract shall be of good commercial quality performed in accordance with applicable standards for good shipbuilding practice, and all equipment, material, and supplies incorporated into the Contract Work shall be new, suitable and of good commercial quality for the manner intended, with no more than normal production repair of any minor manufacturing deficiencies.
    2. If at any time during the Guaranty Period the Contract Work fails to comply with the Contract or any weakness, deficiency, failure, breaking down, or deterioration in material or workmanship not caused by Buyer, the Customer, or by ordinary wear and tear (“Guaranty Deficiency”) in the Contract Work shall appear or be discovered, Seller shall repair or replace all material and equipment necessary to correct such Guaranty Deficiency at its sole expense and it shall be liable for any incidental travel and/or transportation costs which may be incurred. Furthermore, for Contract Work supplied in support of new construction Seller shall proactively repair or replace without direction from Buyer, all material and equipment in other ships of the same class except those whose Guaranty Period has expired, that have the same weakness, deficiency, failure, break down, or deterioration in material or workmanship.
    3. Prior to the expiration of the Guaranty Period, including any extension, should Buyer reasonably determine that any Guaranty Deficiency requires emergency correction outside the Vessel’s normal maintenance schedule, whether or not such Guaranty Deficiency requires the Vessel to be dry-docked, Seller shall pay the actual costs of correcting the Guaranty Deficiency reasonably incurred by Buyer. Any disagreement as to whether a Guaranty Deficiency requires an emergency correction is subject to the Disputes clause. The Guaranty Period shall be extended day for day for any period in which a Vessel is out of service during the Guaranty Period solely related to the correction or repair of a Guaranty Deficiency. Seller guarantees such material and equipment repairs or replacements for a further period of 12 months for Contract Work related to new construction or 90 days for Contract Work related solely to repair services on an existing Vessel, from the date of completion of such repairs or replacements or to the end of the Guaranty Period, whichever is later.
    4. Seller’s Guaranty, and Buyer’s Guaranty rights against Seller, shall be separately assignable to the Customer, as the case may be.
  18. Indemnity
    Seller shall defend, indemnify, save and hold Buyer, its parent company, affiliated companies, directors, officers, agents and employees, free and harmless from and against all claims, adjudications, demands, causes of action, damages, penalties and liabilities of any nature, and all costs and expenses incurred in connection therewith (including, but not limited to, attorneys’ fees) for (i) death or injury to any person or persons (including, but not limited to, agents and employees of Seller and its Suppliers and damages characterized as special, direct, consequential, loss of consortium, or future earnings); (ii) joint employer liability for Seller’s employees, Suppliers or agents (to the extent permitted by law); (iii) damage or loss of any property (including, but not limited to, loss of use, lost profits, or diminution in value) arising directly or indirectly out of or in connection with Seller’s performance of the Contract, (iv) claims by Seller, Seller’s employees or its Suppliers and their employees for wages, benefits and other compensation and claims for resulting penalties; and claims by governmental agencies or others for taxes or contributions allegedly due by reason of Seller or its Suppliers performing the Contract Work; (v) acts or omissions under the Contract including without limitation Seller’s acts or omissions that cause Buyer to incur any penalty or owe any liquidated damages to Customer or any third party; and (vi) infringement of any third party intellectual property rights, in all including, without limitation, claims, demands, actions, damages and liabilities based in whole or in part on the negligence or other theory of liability of Seller or its Suppliers, except to the extent such claims, adjudications, demands, causes of action, damages, penalties or liabilities are caused by Buyer. Buyer has the sole right to designate the attorney or law firm that will defend and represent it in or relating to any suit, claim, or action that is subject to indemnification, including without limitation any indemnity provision in the Contract. This provision survives termination of the Contract and is not subject to the Limitation of Liability Clause. Buyer may assign its right to be indemnified hereunder.
  19. Independent Contractor
    Seller is an independent contractor. Buyer is not an employer of Seller or Seller’s workers, and is not a joint employer with Seller. Seller shall have complete control over the performance of the Contract Work herein and may, at its own expense, employ such workers or Suppliers as Seller deems necessary to perform the Contract Work. Without limiting the foregoing, Seller acknowledges and agrees that no provision by Buyer of medical services or insurance coverage, including without limitation DBA insurance coverage, to Seller or Seller’s workers or Suppliers shall be deemed to create an employer or joint employer relationship between Buyer and Seller or any of Seller’s workers or Suppliers. Seller ensures that (i) its Suppliers perform to standards no less than those specified in the Contract and specifications; (ii) Buyer and Customer representatives have reasonable access to any Supplier site and they will be afforded such opportunity to inspect all Supplier work to the same extent as if Seller was doing the work; and (iii) its Suppliers shall warrant their work to the same level and time period consistent with the Guaranty in the Contract. Seller assumes full and sole responsibility for the payment of all compensation and expenses, benefits, and for all state and federal income tax, unemployment insurance, social security, disability insurance, and other applicable withholdings. Seller shall be solely responsible and shall defend, indemnify, and hold Buyer harmless for any failure by Seller to (i) provide accurate, proper, or timely payment of wages (as that term is defined in California Labor Code Section 200) to any worker(s) it provides to Buyer, (ii) secure valid workers’ compensation coverage for any workers it provides to Buyer, (iii) provide benefits, leave, or paid time off to workers it provides to Buyer, including but not limited to paid sick leave under federal, state, and local laws, if applicable to Seller; and (iv) comply with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and its amendments, if applicable to Seller. Seller shall defend, indemnify and hold Buyer harmless for all losses, costs, expenses (including actual attorneys’ fees), penalties and interest, as a result of its failure to do so. This indemnification shall extend to claims occurring after the applicable Purchase Order is terminated as well as while it is in force, as well as to any claim or adjudication that Buyer is a joint employer with Seller.
  20. Inspection and Acceptance
    1. The Contract Work (which term throughout this Inspection and Acceptance Clause includes, without limitation, raw materials, components, intermediate assemblies, data, manufacturing processes, services, and quality systems) shall be subject to inspection and testing by Buyer, the Customer, or Regulatory Bodies having jurisdiction over the Vessels or the Contract Work at all places and reasonable times, including, but not limited to, Seller’s and its Suppliers’ facilities. Buyer and Seller shall provide each other with timely advance notification of all visits and requests for visits by Regulatory Bodies. After notification and Buyer’s acceptance of specific scheduled inspections or tests, if Seller is not ready to perform the inspections or tests at the designated time(s), then Seller shall reimburse Buyer for its costs incurred for labor and travel to attend the inspections or tests.
    2. The Customer may, from time to time, designate certain Contract Work for source inspection. Upon such designation, Seller shall furnish advance notification of the time (i) when Seller’s inspection or tests will be performed in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Contract and (ii) when the Contract Work will be ready for source inspection. The period and method of the advance notification, and the Customer representative to whom it shall be furnished, shall be specified by the Customer, but shall not require more than 2 workdays of advance notification if the Customer representative is in residence in Seller’s plant, nor more than 7 workdays in other instances.
    3. Approval by the Customer and/or Buyer as required under the Contract and applicable specifications shall not relieve Seller of its obligation to comply with the specifications and with all other requirements of the Contract, nor shall it impose upon the Customer or Buyer any liability it would not have had in the absence of such approval.
    4. Acceptance of delivery of the Contract Work does not alone constitute acceptance of performance under the Contract. The inspection or testing of any portion of the Contract Work does not relieve Seller from its responsibility to correct defects or non-conformities which may be discovered in Contract Work not inspected or tested or which is discovered during the Guaranty Period. If the Contract Work is not ready at the time specified by Seller for inspection or testing, Buyer may deduct from the Contract Price the additional costs to Buyer of inspection or testing. Buyer may further deduct from the Contract Price any reasonable costs to Buyer of inspection or testing when prior rejection makes re-inspection or re-test necessary.
    5. Seller shall provide and maintain an inspection system and documentation in accordance with Seller’s mandatory document control and records retention procedures (i.e., records of all inspection work by Seller shall be kept complete and available to the designated Quality Assurance Representative during the performance of Contract Work).
    6. Final acceptance or rejection of Contract Work shall be made as promptly as practicable, but no later than 60 days after Delivery of Contract Work to the delivery point or upon completion of performance and inspection of the Contract Work as applicable. If any inspection or testing is performed on Seller’s (or its Suppliers) premises, Seller, without additional charge, shall provide reasonable facilities and assistance for the safety and convenience of inspectors in the performance of their duties. The failure to inspect and accept or reject the Contract Work shall neither relieve Seller from responsibility for performing the Contract Work, nor impose liability on Buyer. Seller shall be solely responsible for any reduction in value of samples used in any inspection or test.
    7. Buyer may reject nonconforming Contract Work. Seller shall have a reasonable opportunity to examine the Contract Work before it is rejected. Contract Work, which has been rejected, shall not be re-tendered for acceptance until the defect or nonconformity is corrected.
    8. The Contract Work shall be accepted when, upon final inspection and testing, it is found to conform to the Contract. If at any time prior to such acceptance, the Contract Work is found to be defective in material or workmanship, or otherwise does not conform to the Contract, Seller shall correct or replace such defective Contract Work at Seller’s expense. This right specifically extends to, without limitation, any period after acceptance of the Contract Work and prior to commencement of the Guaranty Period. Any and all such defects shall be corrected and made good within the stated notice by Buyer to Seller. In this respect, Seller agrees and acknowledges that there will be instances where immediate corrections are going to be mandated during sea trials. If any such defect is discovered between the Vessel’s acceptance trials and Delivery of the Vessel to the Customer, any and all such defects shall be corrected and made good as soon as practical, as determined by Buyer in its sole discretion, after notice thereof by Buyer to Seller.
    9. Final acceptance of the Vessel by the Customer shall be conclusive except for Seller’s warranty and Guaranty obligations during the Guaranty Period and except with respect to latent defects, fraud or gross mistakes amounting to fraud. In such cases, Buyer, in addition to any other rights and remedies provided by law, or under other provisions of the Contract, shall have the right in its sole discretion to require Seller (i) at no increase in the Contract Price, to repair or replace the defective or nonconforming Contract Work at the original point of delivery, or at Seller’s plant, or at the location of the Vessel at Buyer’s election, and in accordance with a reasonable delivery schedule as may be agreed upon between Seller and Buyer; provided, that Buyer may require a reduction in Contract Price if Seller fails to meet such delivery schedule, or (ii) within a reasonable time after receipt by Seller of notice of defects or nonconformance, to repay such portion of the Contract as is equitable under the circumstances if Buyer elects not to require correction or replacement. When Contract Work is returned to Seller, Seller shall bear the transportation cost from the original point of delivery to Seller’s plant and return to the original point when that point is not Seller’s plant. If Seller fails to perform or act as required in (i) or (ii) above and does not cure such failure within a period of 10 days (or such longer period as Buyer may authorize in writing) after receipt of notice from Buyer specifying such failure, Buyer shall have the right to replace or repair such Contract Work and charge to Seller the cost occasioned Buyer thereby.
    10. If Seller fails to promptly replace or correct rejected Contract Work, Buyer may (i) correct such Contract Work on Seller’s account, including without limitation by re-performance, repair or replacement of such Contract Work, (ii) equitably reduce the Contract Price to reflect the reduced value of any defective Contract Work accepted by Buyer that cannot be corrected by re-performance, repair or replacement, and (iii) terminate for default as provided in the Default Clause. Seller authorizes Buyer, its affiliates, agents and its Suppliers, and the Customer and the Customer’s subcontractors, to repair, reconstruct or rebuild the Contract Work using Seller’s applicable intellectual property without payment of any royalty or other compensation to Seller.
  21. Insurance
    Unless otherwise stated in the Contract, and without prejudice to Buyer’s rights and Seller’s indemnity obligations under Indemnity Section of the Contract, Seller shall keep and maintain in effect, at its sole cost and expense, the following policies of insurance:
    1. Commercial General Liability insurance with coverage to include broad form property damage, personal injury, premises, completed operations, and products and contractual liability for the liability assumed under the Contract and independent contractors; and with a minimum bodily injury and property damage combined single limit of $2,000,000 per occurrence and $2,000,000 in the aggregate.
    2. When Seller, its employees, agents and subcontractors (including delivery persons) enter any facility owned, leased or operated by Buyer, then Seller shall maintain:
      1. Commercial Automobile Liability insurance with coverage to include owned, hired and non-owned vehicles; with a minimum bodily injury and property damage combined single limit of $2,000,000 per occurrence;
      2. Workers’ Compensation and Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act insurance with minimum limits of liability conforming to the statutory requirements of the state where the work is to be performed and the United States of America, respectively; and
      3. Employer’s Liability insurance with minimum limits of $1,000,000.
    3. If Seller’s employees, subcontractors or suppliers are assigned aboard a Vessel for any reason, Seller shall maintain Maritime Employer’s Liability (Jones Act) coverage with minimum limits of liability of $2,000,000 per occurrence and $2,000,000 in the aggregate.
    4. If Seller’s employees, subcontractors or suppliers are required under the Contract to perform any work related to any U.S. Government contract outside of the United States, Seller shall maintain Defense Base Act (“DBA”) insurance coverage with minimum limits conforming to the statutory requirements of the United States. Without limiting Seller’s obligation to ensure such DBA coverage is maintained, Buyer may, at Buyer’s sole discretion, agree to provide such DBA coverage to Seller or on Seller’s behalf to Seller’s employees, subcontractors or Suppliers who work under the Contract and who perform applicable Contract Work; provided, however, that Seller hereby agrees that: (i) Seller shall comply with and be subject to all applicable requirements, limitations and endorsements of such Buyer-provided DBA coverage, including without limitation a flight concentration endorsement, pursuant to which Seller agrees that no more than fifteen (15) of Seller’s covered persons shall fly together on the same flight related to the covered Contract Work; and (ii) Seller shall keep accurate records of all payroll amounts paid to Seller’s employees, subcontractors and Suppliers for the applicable Contract Work related to a U.S. Government contract outside of the United States and shall, upon Buyer’s request, promptly provide to Buyer such information, which Seller acknowledges is necessary for accurate reporting and payment of premiums related to such DBA coverage and Seller further acknowledges that Seller’s prompt provision to Buyer of such information is an essential element of consideration for Buyer’s provision, if any, of such DBA coverage. Failure by Seller to maintain DBA coverage, or to receive such coverage through Buyer as set forth herein, shall constitute a material breach of the Contract and, without limiting Buyer’s rights under any other provision of the Contract, including Buyer’s right to terminate the Contract for such material breach, Seller shall defend, indemnify, save and hold Buyer, its parent company, affiliated companies, directors, officers, agents and employees, free and harmless from and against all claims, adjudications, demands, causes of action, damages and liabilities of any nature, and all costs and expenses incurred in connection therewith, related to the absence of such DBA coverage for Seller’s employees, subcontractors and suppliers.
    5. Each such policy shall be underwritten by an insurance company with minimum A.M. Best ratings of “A-, VII” or equivalent and shall provide that it is primary insurance to and noncontributing with any other insurance carried by Buyer. The policies referred to above in paragraphs (a) and (b)(i) shall name Buyer as an “additional insured”. The policies referred to above in paragraphs (b)(ii), (b)(iii), (c) and (d) shall contain a waiver of subrogation in favor of Buyer.
    6. Certificates evidencing Seller’s compliance with these insurance requirements shall be delivered to Buyer upon issuance of the Contract and renewals thereof sent to Buyer upon expiration of the respective policy terms. Seller, its insurance broker or insurer shall be obligated to immediately notify Buyer in writing of any cancellation of required coverage or any material change therein.
    7. Notices and certificates regarding insurance policies shall be provided in writing to National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, Attention: Risk Manager, P.O. Box 85278, San Diego CA 92186-5278.
    8. The insurance coverage limits stated above are minimum insurance coverage requirements, not limits of Seller’s liability. Notwithstanding the above-required insurance policies, Seller shall be obligated for the full and total amount of any damage, injury, expense or loss.
  22. Invoices
    1. Seller shall submit invoices as follows: (i) Contract Work must be detailed for each date/item worked, and price for Contract Work; (ii) Seller’s invoice number and the Purchase Order number, and line item number, must be included; and (iii) if the invoice reflects any progress or milestone payments, the invoice must comply with the Buyer’s “Special Provisions for Progress Payments” or “Provisions for Milestone Payments.” The invoice shall contain itemized prices, discounts, order number, transportation description and name of carrier. The invoice shall separately list all U.S., state and local taxes, duties, tariffs and similar fees imposed by any government that have been paid by Seller. Invoices incorrectly or incompletely executed will be returned for correction or completion.
    2. The cash discount period, notwithstanding anything to the contrary on any packing list or invoice, will commence on the date Buyer receives the Contract Work in conformance with the packing list and a complete and correct invoice.
    3. Invoices must be submitted no earlier than the day of shipment. To be timely, all invoices must be received within 90 days after completion of the Contract Work. Invoices received later than 90 days after completion of the Contract Work are rejected and void and Seller hereby waives the right to payment of these invoices.
    4. The following terms apply in the event that the Contract is in furtherance of a cost reimbursement contract. Seller is provided notice that Buyer will not have the cost of the Contract reimbursed under the Prime Contract until Buyer has been paid. If Seller fails to provide an invoice in a timely manner, Buyer’s cost for Contract Work incurred hereunder may be declared unallowable by the Government with subsequent refusal by the Government to reimburse Buyer or the Customer, as may be applicable. Seller is required, as a specific deliverable under the Contract to invoice for Contract Work ordered herein within 30 days of the completion of the Contract Work.
    5. Progress payments will apply if provided for on the face of the Purchase Order. Determination of the percentage of completion of the Contract Work shall be made by Buyer and the Customer, as applicable; and their decision shall be final and not subject to dispute by Seller. Seller shall submit invoices for such progress payments in a form acceptable to Buyer, including such substantiation of costs incurred or progress made, or both, as Buyer may require. Such progress payments as are justified by suitable invoices and substantiation will be made within 10 days of Buyer’s receipt of progress payments for the same period as progress covered in Seller’s invoices. Title to all work in process, materials, equipment or other property covered by progress payments shall vest in the Customer if Buyer’s contract or the Prime Contract states. This provision shall not be construed as affecting any acceptance or in any way relieving Seller of its obligations of strict and timely performance, warranties or any other obligations hereunder.
  23. Liens with Right to Offset
    1. At the time Seller requests any payment under the Contract, Buyer may require Seller to furnish evidence reasonably satisfactory to Buyer that no Liens of any kind have been acquired or may reasonably be expected to be acquired against the Vessel, Contract Work or Furnished Property. To the extent that the Contract is subject to a payment schedule, Buyer may from time to time issue Seller progress payments and receive simultaneously with the same a waiver and/or release of any Lien rights and/or applications for certification of progress payments and/or funds received to a particular date-certain. The standard progress payment releases and waivers are in conformance with California’s Civil Code Section 3262, to the extent applicable to the type of work being performed. At the conclusion of the Contract, Buyer shall not be obligated to release final payment without a fully executed “Unconditional Waiver and Release upon Final Payment” form, or such other form of waiver and release reasonably acceptable to Buyer from Seller and in conformance with California Civil Code Section 3262, and a release of all Liens from any of Seller’s Suppliers.
    2. Seller is required to promptly notify Buyer if a Lien of any kind is perfected against, or if there is any attachment upon, the Contract Work or Vessel. If such Lien does not arise out of acts or omissions of Buyer, Seller shall, not later than 20 days thereafter, secure the discharge or release of such Lien provided, however, that Seller may contest such Lien or the claim upon which it is based, and shall within the time herein provided secure the discharge or release of such Lien by court order, and if required, shall file such bond or security as the court may require.
    3. If release or discharge is not available under the law, Seller shall immediately take such steps as shall prevent such claimed Lien from delaying the Contract Work and shall indemnify and save harmless Buyer from all costs, charges and damages by reason of such claimed Lien or claims or in any way attributable thereto.
    4. Notwithstanding the foregoing, and except with respect to matters being or proposed to be contested in good faith by Seller, Buyer or the Customer may secure the discharge or release of such Lien in which case Seller shall reimburse Buyer or the Customer for the costs of securing such discharge or release (which cost shall include any reasonable expenses, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, incurred in connection therewith) by deducting such sum from any payments due or to become due to Seller under the Contract. In the event such cost is in excess of the amount of any such reimbursement by deductions, Seller shall pay the amount of such excess upon demand.
    5. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Buyer may without securing the discharge or release of such Lien as provided in the paragraph directly above, may nevertheless withhold from any payments due or to become due to Seller, unless and until such claimed Lien is released or discharged, a sum equal to the amount reasonably determined by Buyer and/or the Customer to be required to secure the release or discharge of such Lien which amount may include the reasonably estimated amount of all expenses, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, which might be incurred in connection therewith.
  24. Limitation of Liability
  25. New Materials and Authorized Sources
    1. Seller represents and warrants to Buyer and its Customers that the Contract Work is new (not used or reconditioned) and not of such an age or so deteriorated as to impair their usefulness or safety. If Seller intends to provide used or reconditioned Contract Work, Seller shall notify Buyer in writing and obtain advanced written authorization from Buyer to provide such used or reconditioned Contract Work.
    2. Seller shall only purchase Contract Work: (i) directly from the OCM or OEM; or (ii) from a distributor or other source that purchases directly from the OCM or OEM and is authorized, franchised or certified by the OCM or OEM. Seller shall notify Buyer in writing and obtain advanced written consent from Buyer to use such Contract Work if Seller plans to purchase from sources that are not authorized, franchised or certified sources.
  26. No Advertising or use of Buyer's Trademarks
    Seller and its Suppliers are prohibited from advertising or publishing any information about the Contract or their Contract Work in support of the Contract, and are prohibited from using Buyer’s trademarks or trade names without Buyer’s prior written consent. Seller shall include this clause in all lower-tier subcontracts or orders placed in support of the Contract.
  27. Notices
    Required notices shall be in writing and shall be deemed effective when served personally; delivered by courier service (with proof of delivery); deposited in the U.S. Mail, certified first class postage prepaid, with return receipt requested; or electronic transmission email, with proof of delivery addressed as follows: To Seller: To the person and at the address as indicated on face of the Purchase Order, and To Buyer: National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, 2798 East Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92113, or P.O. Box 85278, San Diego, CA 92186 5278, Attn: Buyer’s Representative (as specified on the face of the Purchase Order), or addressed to either party at such other address(es) as such party may later specify in writing.
  28. Open Source
    Without the prior written approval of Buyer, which Buyer may withhold in its sole discretion, Seller shall not incorporate any Open Source Software, including source code governed by an Open Source license, into Contract Work to be performed and/or delivered under the Contract. Before Buyer will consider providing written approval for the incorporation of such Open Source Software, Seller shall first identify all such Open Source Software proposed to be incorporated into the Contract Work to be performed and/or delivered under the Contract, including a complete source code listing of the Software comprising the Contract Work with a description of the operation of the Software in English and machine-readable form, together with copies of any license agreements required to be accepted.
  29. Order of Precedence
    Any inconsistency between any provisions of the Contract shall be resolved with the following descending order of precedence:
    1. the provisions on the face of the Purchase Order;
    2. these General Terms and Conditions;
    3. Supplemental General Purchase Order Terms and Conditions applicable to Contract Work performed onsite at NASSCO or Customer Facilities or when access is granted to NASSCO’s or Customer’s Facilities;
    4. the Special Terms and Conditions, if any; unless the FARS, DFARS or specific Prime Contract clauses are required to take precedence by federal law;
    5. the statement of work
    6. specifications, and within the specifications, specifications shall prevail over drawings;
    7. other documents incorporated by reference into the Contract; and
    8. procurement related representations or certifications or supplier qualification statements signed by Seller and provided to Buyer.
  30. Organizational Conflict of Interest
    Seller represents that its Contract execution and performance does not and will not conflict with or breach any contractual, fiduciary or other duty or obligation to which Seller is bound. Seller further represents that it will not accept work which would create for Buyer or Seller an actual or apparent Organizational Conflict of Interest (“OCI”) as such term is defined in FAR Subpart 9.5 when Seller is providing Contract Work in support of a Government Prime Contract. Seller shall immediately provide notice to Buyer in the event that it discovers any actual or potential personal or business OCI concerns related to or arising out of the Contract or any Purchase Orders.
  31. Packing and Shipment
    Deliveries shall be made as specified, without additional charge for boxing, crating, carting, or storage, unless otherwise specified and meet the following requirements:
    1. The Contract Work shall be suitably packaged to secure the lowest transportation costs and to ensure against damage from transportation or weather and in accordance with the requirements of common carriers.
    2. The Contract Work must be reasonably and adequately preserved and protected for storage at the Facilities, and for handling and protection during the shipbuilding process and after final installation.
    3. The Purchase Order number, Purchase Order line item number and NASSCO material code number must be plainly marked on all packages, bills of lading and invoices.
    4. Packing lists shall accompany each shipment listing all material included in the shipment. Buyer’s count or weight shall be final and conclusive for shipments not accompanied by packing lists.
    5. NASSCO’s preferred packaging methods and standards set forth in NASSCO’s Logistics Routing Guide can be found at NASSCO’s website ( or upon request.
    6. If shipment is from outside the U.S., pallets must be pest free, and preferably use heat (not chemically) treated bark free wood.
    7. If Seller ships via ocean in sealed LCL (Less-Than Container Load), FCL (Full Container Load), or break-bulk shipments arriving at U.S. seaports from non-U.S. countries, then Seller must provide NASSCO Logistics Department with U.S. Customs 10+2 importation data using the Importer Security Filing-Form 10 in accordance with the instructions available on the internet at:
    8. The 10+2 information must be sent to the NASSCO Logistics Department 3-4 days prior to vessel departure from port of origin. In addition, updates and corrections must also be provided to the NASSCO Logistics Department at least 3 business days prior to the vessel arriving in a U.S. destination port. Expediting costs to free-up shipments with late or missing 10+2 documentation will be charged to Seller at Buyers option.
    9. Packages must be marked with the material shelf life.
  32. Payment, Taxes Duties and Offset Credits
    1. Unless otherwise provided on the face of the Purchase Order, payment shall be net 30 days from the latest of the following: (i) Buyer’s receipt of a proper invoice; (ii) scheduled delivery of the Contract Work; or (iii) actual delivery of the Contract Work. Buyer shall have a right of set-off against payments due for amounts claimed under the Contract or any other contract between the parties. Payment shall be deemed to have been made as of the date of mailing payment or electronic funds transfer.
    2. Unless otherwise specified, prices include all applicable U.S., state and local taxes, duties, tariffs, and similar fees imposed by any government. Credits resulting or arising from the Contract, including, but not limited to, trade credits, export credits, or the refund of duties, taxes or fees, belong to Buyer. Seller shall provide all information necessary to permit Buyer to receive these credits.
    3. Payment shall not be construed as acceptance of the Contract Work or waiver of any term or condition of the Contract.
    4. Should all or part of the Contract Work be provided by sources outside the United States or its territories, Seller must inform Buyer of the country of origin and percentage of foreign content. Buyer reserves exclusive right to apply the equivalent value of foreign content in the Contract Work provided by the Seller to the offset program of Buyer’s choice. Buyer may, at Buyer’s discretion provide written notice waiving its claim to offset credits accruing from this order, thereby allowing Seller use and discretionary application of such credits. Seller agrees to assist Buyer in securing offset credits from respective foreign government authorities in an amount equal to the value of foreign content in the Contract Work provided.
  33. Pricing
    1. All pricing shall be firm fixed pricing and Seller shall be wholly responsible for providing the Contract Work at the agreed upon price unless otherwise specified in the Contract.
    2. Seller agrees that for all changes, replacement part procurement, and spare parts procurements, the profit proposed shall be consistent with that included in the Contract Price pursuant to the Purchase Order issued prior to any such changes and subject to Buyer’s verification, which Seller agrees to support.
  34. Quality; Problem Identification Reports
    1. Seller shall provide and maintain a commercially reasonable quality control system (i.e., the current version of ISO 9001) that complies with the quality control requirements of the Contract. Records of all quality control inspection work by Seller shall be kept complete and available to Buyer and the Customer.
    2. Seller shall notify Buyer of any facts or occurrences that may increase the cost of, or time required for, performance of the Contract or which may cause the Contract Work to fail to conform to the Contract. Seller shall provide such notification within 3 days of the manifestation of such facts or occurrence.
    3. Buyer may at any time issue to Seller a corrective action request (“CAR”) that identifies any actual or potential failure of Seller to perform its obligations under the Contract and that requests information from Seller, including, but not limited to, a factual explanation of the cause of the failure, a discussion of correction of any defects, process changes that will be implemented to prevent recurrence, and a schedule of performance, and confirmation of compliance with various state and/or federal laws or regulations. Seller shall provide a responsive written reply in writing to any CAR within 10 days of receipt of any car.
    4. Problem Identification Reports (“PIR”) shall be used by Seller to alert Buyer to actual or potential problems and to establish an early dialogue between Seller or Buyer with regard thereto. As used in this Clause, a problem is a fact or circumstance of which Seller is aware of that does, will or may (i) have an impact on the delivery schedule, completion or performance or cost (increase or decrease), or (ii) require a modification to the Purchase Order. Seller shall provide the Procurement Representative with a written report of each problem within 10 days after Seller identifies such problem. Each PIR shall be dated, reference the applicable Purchase Order, and describe the nature of the problem, the date that the problem arose, and the anticipated effects of the problem including but not limited to, delivery, cost of performance, and Seller’s recommended resolution of the problem. The parties expressly agree that the PIR shall not constitute a modification or amendment of the Purchase Order or Contract and does not modify price or schedule.
    5. Buyer may unilaterally withhold 5% of the total Contract Price if Seller fails to submit to Buyer: (i) a conflict mineral compliance certification or (ii) human trafficking compliance certification. The financial withholding will be released after Seller submits the requisite certifications.
  35. Scope of Performance
    1. When the words “or equal” are used in the Contract or specifications, proposed “equals” must be approved in writing by Buyer in its sole discretion before Seller is able to deliver the Contract Work. Seller shall perform the Contract Work described by the Contract. Seller shall provide at the location where the Contract Work is to be performed all labor, materials, equipment, tools and supervision, and Seller shall bear all items of expense for these items. Seller shall perform the Contract Work to the standards of care, skill and diligence, professional or otherwise, normally provided by a competent person when supplying goods or performing services identical or substantially similar to the Contract Work hereunder.
    2. Seller shall provide all necessary material, equipment and labor to supply the Contract Work in strict conformity with the specifications. Seller shall make no changes in the specifications without Buyer’s written consent and shall not substitute materials for those specified without Buyer’s written approval.
    3. Seller’s deliverables shall conform in all material aspects to the Contract.
    4. Seller shall cooperate with all other suppliers or subcontractors working in support of Buyer’s Prime Contract. Seller agrees to accept direction from Buyer with respect to performance, schedule or reschedule of Contract Work as necessary, attend meetings as requested by Buyer, and to be responsible for its personnel working harmoniously with other suppliers or subcontractors.

  36. Severability and Interpretation
    Each paragraph and provision of the Contract is severable, and if one or more paragraphs or provisions are declared invalid, the remaining provisions of the Contract shall not be affected, and the Contract shall be interpreted as if not containing such provisions. The Contract shall not be varied, supplemented, qualified or interpreted by any prior course of dealing, usage of trade or course of performance between the parties and shall be interpreted without regard to which party drafted or is deemed to have drafted the Contract.
  37. Setoffs/Back-charges
    1. Buyer may in addition to any other amounts to be retained hereunder, retain from any sums otherwise owing to Seller amounts sufficient to cover the full costs of any of the following:
    2. Seller’s failure to comply with any provision of the Contract or Seller’s acts or omissions in the performance of any part of the Contract, including, but not limited to, violation of any applicable law, order, rule or regulation, including those regarding safety, hazardous materials or environmental requirements, the Affordable Care Act or submission of inaccurate or defective cost or pricing data;
    3. Correction of defective or nonconforming work by redesign, repair, rework or replacement or other appropriate means when Seller states, or indicates, that it is unable or unwilling to proceed with corrective action in a reasonable time to support production need; and/or
    4. Buyer may in addition to any other amounts to be retained hereunder, retain any sums otherwise owing to Seller amounts sufficient to cover the full costs of any of the following: (i) Incurred labor costs including all payroll additives; (ii) Incurred net delivered material costs; (iii) Incurred lower-tier Supplier and Seller costs directly related to performing the corrective action; (iv) Expediting costs beyond those normally provided in the normal course of the Contract when required to meet the Contract schedule; (v) Application of relevant manufacturing and material overhead and S, G&A expense to the work performed by Buyer; and (vi) Profit – appropriate profit (fee) as defined in FAR 15.404-4.
    5. Buyer shall have a right of set-off against payments due to Seller under the Contract or any other contract between the parties for all costs, expenses, damages and liabilities associated with Seller’s non-compliance with its obligation under the Contract including without limitation any liquidated damages assessed to Buyer due to late or non-conforming performance by Seller. The parties expressly agree that such costs, expenses, damages and liabilities shall include, without limitation, any reduction in the award fee on Buyer’s Prime Contract and any costs determined to be unallowable attributable to Seller’s performance or submission, and any impacts to cost or schedule of other subcontractors under Buyer’s Prime Contract. For avoidance of doubt, Buyer may take a corresponding withholding should any withholding for deficiencies occur at the Prime Contract level as a result of Contract Work performed by Seller. Any amounts so withheld will be paid upon correction of the deficiency and approval at the Prime Contract level for payment provided that such Contract Work does not otherwise impact performance of Buyer’s Prime Contract, or result in a reduction to Buyer’s award fee. There shall be no interest due to Seller on any monies withheld by Buyer.
  38. Survival
    The following provisions survive expiration or termination of the Contract: Acceptance, Integration, Amendment and Interpretation; Compliance with Ethics; Compliance with Laws; Confidentiality and Third Party Intellectual Property Rights; Counterfeit Electronic Parts Prevention; Definitions; Disputes; Export Control Compliance and Cooperation Applicable to Contract Work; Guaranty; Indemnity; Independent Contractor; Insurance; Limitation of Liability; No Advertising or use of Buyer’s Trademarks; Order of Precedence; Payment, Taxes and Duties; Setoff/Back-charges; Survival and Waiver, and flow-downs in the Special Terms and Conditions that by their nature should survive.
  39. Time of Performance
    Seller’s timely performance is a critical element of the Contract. Seller shall perform the Contract Work and/or deliver the Contract Work in a diligent manner and in no event later than the time(s) specified on the face of the Purchase Order or Statement of Work. If requested by Buyer, Seller shall submit to Buyer, in a format acceptable to Buyer, a detailed schedule for performance of the Contract. Buyer may require Seller, at Seller’s expense, to increase its forces or shifts or to use overtime, to use expedited shipping means, or to take such other measures as may be necessary to meet or recover schedule for schedule slippages not attributable to a Force Majeure. If at any time it reasonably appears to Buyer that Seller is failing to make progress, such that performance may not be completed in accordance with the Contract, and the delay is not attributable to causes beyond the control of Seller, then Seller shall, within a reasonable period of time, which in no event shall be less than 3 business days after a written request by Buyer, provide adequate assurances to Buyer that Seller will not breach the Contract and assure timely performance and represent to Buyer in writing its best completion date. Failure to timely provide such adequate assurances shall constitute default by Seller. Buyer shall further have the right, but not the duty, and without waiver of any other rights and remedies which it may have, and regardless of Seller’s best completion date, to extend the time for completion of performance.
  40. Title and Risk of Loss
    Title to the Contract Work shall pass to Buyer upon delivery of the Contract Work in accordance with the Contract unless stated otherwise in the Purchase Order or specifications. Title will revert back to the Seller when Buyer revokes acceptance, rejects or refused to receive Contract Work for any reason. Risk of Loss shall be as determined by the shipping terms set forth on the face of the Purchase Order unless otherwise agreed in writing by the parties; and Seller shall be responsible for Risk of Loss to the designated delivery point until acceptance occurs unless the loss, destruction or damage results from Buyer’s gross negligence. Seller shall remain solely liable for Risk of Loss, after Buyer’s rejection, unless such loss, destruction or damage results from Buyer’s gross negligence.
  41. Waiver
    No failure or delay in exercising any right, privilege or remedy under the Contract shall operate or be construed as a waiver or modification of the terms of the Contract, and no single or partial exercise of any right, privilege or remedy shall preclude any other further exercise of the same or of any other right, privilege or remedy. the Contract
  42. Work by Commercial Suppliers
    1. Seller shall comply with FAR 52.222-50 even if Seller provides services, commercial items, or Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) items. Seller shall flow-down FAR 52.222-50 to its subcontractors or suppliers at any tier or level. However, FAR 52.222-50 paragraph (h) and paragraph (i) shall only apply when aggregate value of the Purchase Orders issued to Seller under the Contract are estimated to exceed $500,000 and Seller is providing supplies other than commercially available COTS items acquired outside of the U.S. or services are to be performed outside of the U.S. When FAR 52.222-50 paragraph (h) and paragraph (i) apply, Seller shall provide Buyer with: (i) Seller’s compliance plan and signed certification as provided in FAR 52.222-50 paragraph (h)(5) before Buyer is able to issue any Purchase Order to Seller under the U.S. Government prime contract; and (ii) Seller’s annually updated compliance plan and certification thereafter. Seller must also implement Seller’s compliance plan to prevent trafficking in persons.
    2. Seller shall comply with: (i) DFARS 252.222-7007; (ii) FAR 52.244-6 when Seller is providing commercial items; (iii) the hotline poster requirement set forth in 252.203-7004 when Seller’s Contract for non-commercial items exceeds $5 Million; and (iv) DFARS 252.225-7040 paragraph (d)(8) when Seller is providing personnel deployed to support U.S. Armed Forces outside of the U.S.
    3. Seller shall comply with FAR 52.204-25, Prohibition on Contracting for Certain Telecommunications and Video Surveillance Services or Equipment and comply with and provide representations required by FAR 52.204-26, Covered Telecommunications Equipment or Services—Representation, even if Seller provides services, commercial items, or Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) items. In addition, Seller shall flow-down FAR 52.204-25 to its subcontractors or suppliers at any tier or level. Seller shall provide its representation as required by FAR 52.204-26, with term “Offeror” as used in the clause meaning “Seller,” and with the term “Government” meaning “Buyer.”

NASSCO FORM TC-MIL-GEN, Rev R October 9, 2020