What is JOC?
Job Order Contracting is a unique indefinite quantity type of contract that enables facility owners to
accomplish a large number of repair, maintenance and construction projects with a single, competitively
bid contract. It eliminates the time and expense of completing the normal design-bid-construct cycle for
each project. It allows facility owners to decrease project duration and cost, while increasing quality.
Contractors competitively bid an adjustment factor (e.g. 1.15) to be applied to a catalog of construction
tasks with pre-set unit prices. The overall contract amount (the sum of the individual projects that may
be performed) is expressed as a range in dollar volume for example from $50,000 to $1,000,000. The contractor
will be asked to perform a series of projects one after the other. The price for each project will be the
pre-set unit prices multiplied by the quantity multiplied by the competitively bid adjustment factor. Prices
are never negotiated. The prospect of additional work keeps the contractor motivated to provide timely, responsive,
and high quality work.
The Army Corps of Engineers produced a video on Job Order Contracting in 1987 following successful tests at various locations throughout the United States.