Tom Temin: I think the question is, what was GSA thinking? I want them to know better than anyone the rules of the program. But it seemed that this special supplier, who was protesting, knew better than the GSA. Joseph Petrillo: So it`s a situation where the GSA has established four lump sum sales contracts under the Federal Supply Schedule. They would arrange the procurement by each of the military departments one for each BPA, to buy items of commercial equipment and, in fact, operate equipment stores on military bases. Tom Temin: Also, it was a lump sum sales contract, and the contractors already had, in theory, contracts with the government, under the multiple GSA program on board, right? A GSA BPA calendar is an agreement reached by a state purchaser with a Schedule contractor to meet the repetitive needs of supplies or services (FAR 8.405-3). BPAs allow the contractor and buyer to meet recurring needs taking into account the specific requirements of the customer, while the buyer`s full purchasing power is used by using quantity discounts, saving administrative time and reducing red tape. BPAs are assets: blanket purchase agreements are federal procurement vehicles to simplify and accelerate the recurring purchases that agencies must make. After signing, the BPA will set conditions for all future contracts in the calendar. The GSA BPA calendar is a strong way to ease competition in the federal market. EPS is a simplified way for agencies to meet the recurring requirements of products. What are the benefits of setting up Schedule BPAs? Is BPA worth it? Who are the ideal BPA providers and what are the common examples of BPA – this article answers these questions.
An old lesson had a new impact when a contractor questioned the implementation of a lump sum sales contract. The General Services Administration wanted to use the most orderly and reasonable pricing system for the allocation of equipment operations under federal delivery plans. That`s a no, as supply attorney Joseph Petrillo of Petrillo and Powell said at Federal Drive with Tom Temin. (A) The ordering activity must provide any multiple BPA premium holder with a fair opportunity to consider for any orders exceeding the small acquisition threshold, but not to exceed the simplified acquisition threshold, unless one of the exceptions at point 8.405-6 (a) (1) (i) is subject to orders for or below the micro purchase threshold. The ordering activity may place orders with or below the micro-purchase threshold with any BPA holder who is able to meet the Agency`s requirements. The ordering business should endeavour to distribute these orders among EPS holders. Joseph Petrillo: Exactly. BPA is a kind of overlay on it to establish a particular program or to facilitate the ordering of an agency. However, the heart of the exemption from the federal supply plan is that you must get the purchase of the lowest total price. Well, that does not mean the lowest price, because in determining what is the lowest total price, you can look at other factors such as price, such as past performance, the particularities of the item, et cetera.