Because of the limitations on administrative and salary costs established in the Act, USB outsources the majority of its program management responsibilities to three primary contractors: Domestic Programs Contractor, Communications Contractor and International Programs Contractor. For primary contractor responsibilities, refer to Appendix E.
The length of primary contracts ranges from one to two years. The Board has full discretion in determining whether a contract will be extended or has to go through a Request for Proposal process. Contract extensions are renegotiated through the USB Officers with the assistance of USB staff.
Annually, all three primary contractors are evaluated through a survey process. Survey results are used as an evaluation of the primary contractors’ performance in relation to their contracts. Additionally, annually all three contractors are required to provide and present a report of their activities in regard to their primary contract to the Board.
Primary contracts are approved through the Board. The Chair is responsible for the execution of the contract.