To the maximum extent practicable, the head of an executive agency should use modular contracting for an acquisition of a major system of information technology.
(b) Modular Contracting Described.—
Under modular contracting, an executive agency’s need for a system is satisfied in successive acquisitions of interoperable increments. Each increment complies with common or commercially accepted standards applicable to information technology so that the increments are compatible with other increments of information technology comprising the system.
(c) Provisions in Federal Acquisition Regulation.—The Federal Acquisition Regulation shall provide that—
(1) under the modular contracting process, an acquisition of a major system of information technology may be divided into several smaller acquisition increments that—
address complex information technology objectives incrementally in order to enhance the likelihood of achieving workable solutions for attaining those objectives;
provide for delivery, implementation, and testing of workable systems or solutions in discrete increments, each of which comprises a system or solution that is not dependent on a subsequent increment in order to perform its principal functions; and
to the maximum extent practicable, a contract for an increment of an information technology acquisition should be awarded within 180 days after the solicitation is issued and, if the contract for that increment cannot be awarded within that period, the increment should be considered for cancellation; and
(Pub. L. 111–350, § 3, Jan. 4, 2011, 124 Stat. 3737.)