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IS-246.21: Implementing the Federal Priorities and Allocations System (FPAS)

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Course Overview

This course describes specific procedures for using Federal Priorities and Allocations System (FPAS) priority ratings for contracts and orders that support FEMA programs. The course emphasizes the critical role FPAS plays in support of FEMA's mission. The course describes FPAS priority ratings, the placement of rated orders, the roles of FEMA employees in the FPAS process, and how to address FPAS challenges.

Note: This course code contains a "calendar-year" extension in order to allow FEMA staff to retake the course as a recurring requirement. For example, beginning on January 1, 2021, the course code will be IS 0246.21. The learner must achieve a minimum passing score of 75%; on final knowledge assessments or demonstrate mastery on performance assessments or research assignments to earn the IACET CEU.

Course Objectives:

Upon completing this course, the participant will be able to describe:

  • The roles and interactions between key parties involved in implementing FPAS.
  • The FPAS process and procedures at a FEMA program level, including how to place rated orders, address problems if they arise, and comply with FPAS reporting requirements.

Primary Audience

This course is mandatory for FPAS Officers—FEMA personnel who are designated by FEMA management to fulfill FPAS Officer functions.

The course is also strongly recommended for:

  • Program officials responsible for directing the placement of FPAS-rated orders and making FEMA program and procurement policy and decisions.
  • Contracting Officers/Specialists who will be primary points of contact with prime contractors on FPAS issues and who may be responsible for determining FPAS activity eligibility.
  • Anyone interested in learning more about FPAS.


IS 0245.a, Introduction to the Federal Priorities and Allocations System



Course Length:

3 hours
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  • Test questions are scrambled to protect test integrity
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