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Simplified Acquisitions – Blanket Purchase Agreement


A Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) is a simplified method of filling anticipated repetitive needs for open market supplies and services below the simplified acquisition threshold (SAT). Open market means items not available from required sources of supply, such as GSA schedule contracts, outlined in FAR Part 8.002.

BPAs can be single award or multiple award. Multiple award are preferred.

Procedures to establish and place orders against BPAs are described at FAR 13.303 and DFARS 213.303 – Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs).

Common Applications

  • All types of supplies and services, to include construction
  • Software licenses
  • IT software and products
  • Research and development
  • Engineering services
  • Special studies



Opportunity to combine repetitive purchase orders under a BPA reduces procurement lead time and administrative costs Simplified acquisition threshold order limitation reduces flexibility to acquire large scale orders
Ability to establish agreements with multiple vendors maintains competition and reduces cost, schedule, and performance risk associated with a single vendor source
Streamlined BPA ordering procedures reduces procurement lead time
Ability to establish unique terms and conditions, to include contract types, increases flexibility in acquiring services and products
Increases flexibility to plan for anticipated purchases without immediate funding, no required minimum guarantee, or maximum ceiling
Ability to offer agency wide ordering through an established BPA increases flexibility to meet various or unique mission needs quickly
Offers no limitations on types of products or services increasing flexibility to meet unique agency needs


  • Requirement must not be met through FAR Part 8 
  • Must meet SAT requirements