Acquisition Planning Timelines

Acquisition Planning (AP) is the process by which the efforts of all personnel responsible for an acquisition are coordinated to fulfill the needs of a Requiring Activity (RA) in a timely manner and at a reasonable cost. RA needs are called requirements. Requirements are defined as any new, recurring (e.g. option period) and expiring medical needs. RAs are supported by contracting offices of the U.S. Army Health Contracting Activity (USAHCA), hereafter referred to as contracting activities (CAs). AP is critical to the success of medical operational readiness and should be a continuous process to assist in creating a shared common operating picture among all stakeholders and serves as a conduit to increase communication between USAHCA CAs and RAs. Consistent communication will minimize delays in the award process and decrease the incidence of unexpected requirements. The following are the established timelines/cut-off dates for RAs to submit requirements/requests to ensure timely completion of the contract action and ensure mission success. All contracting requirements/requests submitted beyond the cut-off dates below must be approved by the Senior Contracting Official (SCO). Approval does not guarantee an end of Fiscal Year (FY) award date (End of FY is last day of Sep). Cut-off dates are recurring FY dates. Additional information is available in the MEDCOM Operation Order for Acquisition Planning, updated annually.

Fiscal Year 2021 Acquisition Planning Timelines/Cut-off Dates:

New Contracts beginning 28 Sep 2021 or before

  • Requirements LT $250K – 01 Jun 2021
  • Requirements $250K to $7M – 01 May 2021
  • Requirements GT $7M – 15 Feb 2021
  • Priority 06 – 01 Sep 2021
  • Priority 03 – No cut-off

Existing Contracts option exercise and orders/calls

  • Options – 90 days prior to expiration or 30 Apr 2021
  • Task Order/Delivery Order – 30 Apr 2021
  • BPA Calls – 30 Apr 2021

New Contracts beginning 01 Oct 2021

  • Requirements $250K to $7M – 30 Apr 2021
  • Requirements GT $7M – 15 Feb 2021


  • Current FY – 15 Jul 2021
  • Cancelling FY – 01 Feb 2021

Regional Health Contracting Offices
  • HRCO building sign

    Health Readiness Contracting Office

  • RHCO-A HQ building

    Regional Health Contracting Office - Atlantic

  • BAMC Hospital

    Regional Health Contracting Office - Central

  • Landstuhl Regional Medical Center

    Regional Health Contracting Office - Europe

  • Tripler Army Medical Center

    Regional Health Contracting Office - Pacific