QPA contracts are no different than any other contracts; by law, the state cannot pay for any services in advance. The QPA releases (QPARs) are created with a maximum dollar amount but payments against the QPAR are only issued after being authorized by you, based on the vendor's invoices, for time actually worked; there is no lump sum nor upfront payment. For example, you could have six invoices issued against a single QPAR as long as it does not exceed the maximum dollar amount. The contract provides for monthly invoicing; normally, you would pay six invoices over a six month period for a release which has a six month time period. The creation of a release does not authorize any payments to the vendor and the state does not pay for work in advance of its performance; payment is made after the fact on invoices for work that has actually been performed.