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Establishing Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs) under GSA Schedule Contracts

GSA Schedules are a convenient, effective option for both ordering activities and Schedule contractors. Ordering activities enjoy simplified ordering procedures and reduced prices, while Schedule contractors connect with federal business quickly and easily. Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs) greatly enhance the flexibility of the program.

BPA features offer:

  • Additional price discounts for ordering activities
  • Expanded opportunities for contractors
  • Elimination of redundant effort, with a single contracting vehicle fulfilling complex or ongoing needs
  • Reduction of administrative time and paperwork
  • Expanded business opportunities for socioeconomic groups
  • Help for ordering activities wishing to reach socioeconomic goals

 

What are your thoughts and/or experiences with BPAs?

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amilfordjr
<p><strong>Let me thank for the recent response about GSA I got a new question as a SDVOB that has&nbsp; supplies and new to the game(01-2011) Can I just sell my products on Gov. Purchase card to streamline not being on GSA Adv.I am having a hard time getting the right assistance?</strong></p>
MAS Blogger
<p>&nbsp;Hi &#39;amilfordjr&#39;:&nbsp; You definitely want to take advantage of all the resources and training at the <a href="https://vsc.gsa.gov/" jquery1298989921061="256">Vendor Support Center</a>. Also, your GSA contracting officer is a good resource for specific questions.</p>
evanforce
<p>How do I effectively&nbsp;market my products that are available on GSA Advantage!?&nbsp; It oftens seems that either the ordering parties are unaware of the offerings or are unaware of GSA Advantage.</p>
MAS Blogger
<p>Hi &#39;evanforce&#39;: A great resource for GSA Contractors that want to effectively market to the government is&nbsp;located&nbsp;at&nbsp;the <a href="https://vsc.gsa.gov">Vendor Support Center</a>--GSA&#39;s &quot;Steps To Success.&quot; <a href="https://vsc.gsa.gov/stepstosuccess.pdf">https://vsc.gsa.gov/stepstosuccess.pdf</a>. It contains a whole section on marketing.</p>
NavyContractingSD
<p>&nbsp;<font face="Times New Roman" size="3">But What&rsquo;s the Connection with CTAs?</font><o:p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">&nbsp;</font></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">It says: &quot;<u>Additional features</u> of the Schedules program, including Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs) and Contractor Team Arrangements (CTAs), greatly enhance the flexibility of the program. <u>These features offer:...[</u>list&nbsp;of things that seem to apply <u>only to </u>BPAs, not CTAs]<br /> <br /> In the blog post asking for BPA experiences you made an odd&nbsp;<em>non-sequitur</em> about contractor team arrangements.</font><br /> <font face="Times New Roman" size="3">My understanding is that BPAs and CTAs are completely independent. You can have a BPA with and without contractor teaming. And you can have a CTA with and without a BPA. Is that right?</font><br /> <font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Why do you seem to be implying a connection in your blog post between CTAs and BPAs that doesn&rsquo;t exist? (&quot;These features [refering to <u>both</u> BPAs and CTAs] offer...&quot;)</font><br /> <font face="Times New Roman" size="3">That sentence on CTAs&nbsp;seems <u>completely irrelevant</u> to a discussion on BPAs. What am I missing about this implied interrelationship?</font><br /> <font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Thanks for this blog.</font></p>
dorcutt
<p>Hi NavyContracting: I completely agree, the reference to CTA was not needed and confusing so I&nbsp;amended the discussion question. Thanks for taking the time to read this blog. Just curious, do you ever use BPAs in your work?</p><p>Regards, David Orcutt.</p>
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