24 July 2003
including Change 1, Jan 2004 and Change 2, March 2005
military reservations and the Government does not insure its equipment. Furthermore,
Authorized Inspection Agencies usually do not qualify as small businesses.
Companies Other than Authorized Inspection Agencies. Quality
assurance for such companies may not be structured according to a standard
recognized by the NBBI or may even be non-existent. Contracting officers must ensure
adequate inspections by requiring qualifications of the contractor before awarding the
contract. These assurances, at a minimum, include requiring the contractor to supply
inspectors with the credential requirements of paragraph 2-3.
Assistance. When an activity elects to administer its own inspection
contract, NAVFAC Senior Boiler Inspectors can provide assistance to the Contracting
Officer by reviewing the contract requirements and determining the suitability of a
company to perform inspections. The NAVFAC Senior Boiler Inspectors provide this
service on a reimbursable basis. They also provide quality control by monitoring the
performance of contractors and their inspectors. Upon satisfactory review, the NAVFAC
Senior Boiler Inspector can issue an Authorization to Inspect to the firms qualifying
inspectors for the term of the contract. The Authorization to Inspect identifies the ability
of the inspector to perform the work satisfactorily and authorizes the inspector to sign
the Inspection Report-Boiler or the Unfired Pressure Vessel Report and issue the
Inspection Certificate, NAVFAC Form 9-11014/32 (3-67).
Activity Administered Contracts. When the activity's Contracting
Officer elects to administer the contracts, the Contracting Officer should require the
contractors to provide enough information to determine positively that the firm has
qualified inspectors and has the capability to do the required work. The scope of work
for the inspection contract should include the number, function, type (such as boiler or
pressure vessel), construction (such as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers'
(ASME) Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code or military specification), capacity, and
pressure rating of each vessel. In addition, the contract will require that the contractor
Inspectors with credentials complying with paragraphs 2-1.1.2, 2-2, and 2-
An inspection work history similar to that required for the proposed work.