Department of Defense
High Performance Computing Modernization Program

1. IPv6 Product Acquisitions by United States (US) Federal departments and agencies

In Dec, 2009, a Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) amendment (parts 7, 11, 12, and 39) for Internet Protocol (IP) version 6 (IPv6) acquisitions was published. It can be found here .

As of July, 2010, all US Federal departments and agencies could only acquire IP compliant products that were known to meet the requirements contained in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication (SP) 500-267 US Government (USG) version 6 (USGv6) Profile Node Requirements Table in section 8 (i.e., using the USGv6 Capabilities Check List) and whose vendors have documented their product’s support of those IPv6 capabilities, through USGv6 Test Programs (i.e., using the USGv6 "Suppliers Declaration of Conformity" or SDOC). (Note: Additional information about the USGv6 Profile Node Requirements and USGv6 Test Programs can be found here. NIST previously provided a "Buyer's Guide" to USGv6 describing the steps involved in the purchase of IP compliant products for USG consumption.)

Note: NIST is in the midst of revising the USGv6 Program documents. To see the draft documents, go here and scroll down that web page to:

Final Draft of USGv6 Revision 1 Specifications:

In July, 2011, the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Networks and Information Integration)/Department of Defense (DoD) Chief Information Officer issued a DoD IPv6 Standard Profiles For IPv6 Capable Products Version 6.0. This document identified those IPv6 Requests for Comments (RFCs) documents described in the IPv6 Standards and RFCs article in the General Information section that are applicable for equipment purchased by the DoD.

Expanding on the DoD IPv6 Standard Profiles For IPv6 Capable Products and NIST USGv6 Profile, the Department of Veterans Affairs adds device classes for applications and services to their IPv6 & USGv6 Compliance Test Capability draft document.

Although not focused solely on IPv6, the DoD Enterprise Software Initiative (ESI) may sometimes be a useful resource when acquiring, distributing, or managing IPv6-capable commercial software, as briefly described here.

2. IPv6 Information Systems Acquisition by US Federal departments and agencies

The US General Services Administration (GSA) Acquisition Manual (GSAM) describes GSA rules for the acquisition of goods and services. Section 511.170 Information Technology Coordination and Standards Part (d) specifically addresses rules that apply to IPv6.

The GSA offers IPv6-compliant equipment, applications, transition support and in-place integrated solutions contracts on their Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) page. An SOW template to purchase services to deploy IPv6 under the Connections II contract administered by the GSA is available. (Note: The scope of this SOW is limited to deployment of IPv6 on a network that is currently IPv4-only or partially dual-stacked.) This template includes evaluation criteria, offeror instructions, past performance form, a sample work breakdown structure, a sample project management plan template, pricing language and template, a deliverables chart, and a sample warranty spreadsheet. GSA has also provided answers to Networx IPv6 Frequently Asked Questions.

(Note: The GSA is in the midst of an Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) acquisition. The Networx contract (and others) are transitioning to EIS. See this GSA web page describing the on-going multi-year transition.)

Acquisition best practices applicable to the development of DoD information systems are provided by the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) in their Defense Acquisition Guidebook CH 6-3.9.3.

Recommended Acquisition Best Practices based on the FAR and USGv6 IPv6 profiles are available here.

3. IPv6 Product Acquisitions by European countries

The Réseaux IP Européens (RIPE) Network Coordination Centre (NCC) is one of five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs). In Jun, 2012, the RIPE NCC IPv6 Working Group issued a Requirements For IPv6 in ICT Equipment RIPE-554 document. It identifies IPv6 technical standards that are applicable for equipment purchased by European public sector and large enterprise network operators.

In Apr, 2018, the current European IPv6 project IPv6 Framework for European Governments published an overview of the IPv6 profiles developed by RIPE, NIST, and DoD in a report Technical Profiles IPv6 for Public Administrations in Europe. (Previous European IPv6 projects include the 6NET project completed Jun 2005, followed by the 6DISS project which completed Sept 2007; followed by 6DEPLOY and 6DEPLOY-2 ( which completed Feb 2013. Governments Enabled with IPv6 (GEN6) completed May 2015. Deliverables and Presentations under the Publications tab of the GEN6 website provide additional material.)

4. Sample IPv6 Contractual Clauses

  1. Section 511.170 Information Technology Coordination and Standards Part (d) of the GSAM mentioned at the beginning of paragraph (2) above provides sample SOW language and a sample waiver request.
  2. The Federal IPv6 Task Force website provides sample waivers for various Federal organizations in the Procurement Templates and Best Practices section Acquisitions IPv6 Compliance Resources subsection under Agency CIO Waivers. See this IPv6 Points of Contact article in the General Information section for the address of the Federal IPv6 Task Force website.
  3. In Oct, 2010, the DoD IPv6 Transition Office (which was disestablished in July 2011) provided this summary of sample contractual clauses. Examples of suggested warranty clauses and guidance for DoD Services/Agencies seeking a waiver for acquisitions of non-IPv6 capable items are included. (Note: Since this document was written, some of the referenced memoranda have been rescinded.)
  4. This excerpt from a Dec 2016 Army Contract W52P1J-17-D-0006:
    The Contractor shall warrant that each item delivered under the Contract shall accurately transmit, receive, process, and function correctly using the Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6). Specifically, the Contractor warrants that:
    a. each item delivered complies with the current DISR developed IPv6 standards profile;
    b. each item delivered maintains interoperability with IPv4 (specifically, shall operate on/coexist on a network supporting IPv4 only, IPv6 only, or a hybrid of IPv4 and IPv6); and
    c. each item delivered is supported by the Contractors IPv6 technical support.
    Additionally, as IPv6 evolves, the Contractor shall upgrade or provide an appropriate migration path for each item delivered. The duration of this warranty and the remedies available to the Government for breach of this warranty shall be as defined in, and subject to, the terms and limitations of the Contractors standard commercial warranty or warranties contained in this Contract, provided that notwithstanding any provision(s) to the contrary in such commercial warranty or warranties, the remedies available to the Government under this warranty shall include repair or replacement of any product whose non-compliance is discovered and made known to the Contractor no later than one year after acceptance. Nothing in this warranty shall be construed to limit any rights or remedies the Government shall otherwise have under this Contract with respect to defects other than IPv6 performance.

5. Sample IPv6 Acquisition Contracts

  1. This Performance Work Statement, July 2011, for the Defense Research and Engineering Network (DREN) III (DoD PKI Required).
  2. This DREN4 draft Performance Work Statement (PWS) on the DREN4 Draft RFP Documents page (scroll down to Government Files, go to page 2 of the list of Government Files, and click on DREN4-PWS-DRAFT2-20190809 or later).