Contract Line Item Numbers (CLIN) (FAR Part 4.10) are part of a defense contracts that break the contract down by the commodities being procured (labor hours of services, funding for travel, quantity product A, etc.). They help identify the supplies or services to be acquired as separately identified line items on a contract that provides for accounting traceability.

CLINS are required for the following type of contracts:

  • Solicitations
  • Contracts, including, but not limited to, Governmentwide acquisition contracts (GWACs), multi-agency contracts (MACs), Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) contracts, indefinite-delivery contracts, and purchase orders
  • Agreements that include pre-priced supplies or services
  • Task and delivery orders

A CLIN has all four of the following characteristics:

  1. Single unit price/extended amount. NSP (Not Separately Priced) is ok; pricing at contract level for cost contracts is ok.
    • Separately identifiable
    • Hardware: No more than one NSN (National Stock Number), item description, mfg part #;
  2. Services: no more than one scope or work/description of services
  3. Separate delivery schedule, period of performance or completion date
  4. Single accounting classification citation
CLIN Example
Item Supplies/Servcies Qty Unit Unit Price Total Price
0001 Engineering 4 EA $100  $400
0002 Surfboards 5 EA $200  $1000
0003 Data Rights 14 EA $300  $4,200


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Updated: 12/8/2017

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