FAR Based Strategies
Federal Supply Schedules – Blanket Purchase Agreements
Organizations can establish a Schedule Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) to simplify the acquisition of recurring needs for services or products that are on federal supply schedules.
The Schedule BPA might cover a single product or service, or supplies or services the contractor might have on several different schedules.
BPAs may be established with a single schedule contractor or with multiple schedule contractors for the same supplies or services. Multiple-award BPAs are preferred.
- Commercial products and services
- Information Technology (IT) product and services
- Health IT services and solutions
- Cyber services and solutions
- Cloud services and solutions
- Software licenses
- Telecommunications and wireless services
- Cannot use cost-type contracts
- Requires best approach determination and finding for actions that meet threshold
|Opportunity to combine repetitive GSA orders under a BPA reduces procurement lead time and administrative costs||Limitation of firm-fixed-price (FFP) or time and materials (T&M) pricing arrangements may not be appropriate or suitable for complex requirements|
|Ability to establish agreements with multiple vendors maintains competition and reduces cost, schedule, and performance risk associated with a single vendor source||GSA Schedule offering of only commercial services and products reduces flexibility in acquiring capabilities|
|Increases flexibility to plan for anticipated purchases without immediate funding, no required minimum guarantee, or maximum ceiling||Standard schedule commercial rights and licenses increases burden on Government to ensure specialized rights are explicit|
|Ability to negotiate further price discounts from established schedule rates, and potential volume, increases cost avoidance|
|Access to pre-vetted, qualified contractors reduces performance risk in execution|
|GSA streamlined procedures provides opportunity to quickly meet socioeconomic goals|