(a) Unpriced change orders shall contain definitization schedules that provide for definitization by the earlier of—
(1) The date that is 180 days after issuance of the change order (this date may be extended but may not exceed the date that is 180 days after the contractor submits a qualifying proposal); or
(2) The date on which the amount of funds obligated under the change order is equal to more than 50 percent of the not-to-exceed price.
(b) Submission of a qualifying proposal in accordance with the definitization schedule is a material element of the contract. If the contractor does not submit a timely qualifying proposal, the contracting officer may suspend or reduce progress payments under FAR 32.503-6, or take other appropriate action.