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Can an interested party protest an agency’s solicitation for schedule contract services/supplies, cancellation of an RFQ, or the award to another contractor on the same GSA Schedule (FAR 33.101)?
Yes. In the MAS solicitations, we do have Clause 52.233-2, Service of Protest (SEP 2006), and it will have the address where to obtain written acknowledgement from the Contracting Officer.

Is there a prohibition against awarding a BPA against multiple SINs under a single schedule?
No. Please verify that the contractors that you are evaluating for your BPA have the SINs awarded on their schedule.

When two GSA contracts enter into a teaming agreement to provide services under a GSA contract, does this agreement need to be signed by someone in the government contracting agency? How does GSA define government contracting agency? Can it be someone from the contracting office that is working on the contract or does it need to be someone from the Agency’s main contracting office or the agency head?
A government agency does not need to sign a teaming agreement. FAR Part 9.6 provides guidance for companies who want to enter into a Teaming Agreement. Contracting Agency or Contracting Activity means an element of an agency designated by the agency head and delegated broad authority regarding acquisition functions. This definition is found in FAR Part 2.101.

Can a contracting agency establish an IDIQ contract against a GSA schedule contract? It appears you can in the FAR but I just want to make sure I am interpreting it correctly. Any information you could provide would be greatly appreciated.
An agency cannot establish an IDIQ contract against a GSA schedule contract. Only an order can be placed against a schedule contract.

Is a Determination and Finding under FAR 12.207(b)(ii) required when a time and materials order is placed under GSA schedules? As of now, the FAR only requires that the Contracting Officer "document" the rationale for using other than a firm-fixed price order (FAR 8.405-2(e)(7)(i)).  As a matter of best practice, we recommend that this documentation occur in a determination and findings (D&F) -- but currently, neither FAR 12.207 nor FAR subpart 8.4 explicitly mentions the requirement for the Contracting Officer to execute a determination and findings when placing orders against Schedules under FAR subpart 8.4.

I’m trying to issue an order against one of the schedules and I know I can issue it as a FFP or T&M/Labor Hour contract type. What about CPFF? Can I use that contract type against the schedules?
A CPFF contract type is not allowed at this time against any of the Multiple Award Schedules.

If I utilize eBuy to request quotes, will our agency still receive socioeconomic (small business, veteran-owned small business, service disabled veteran-owned small business, HUBZone small business, women-owned small business, or small disadvantaged business) credit?
Socioeconomic credit reporting is captured in Federal Procurement Data System - Next Generation (FPDS-NG), not e-Buy. The contracting officer is responsible for reporting all procurements through FPDS-NG pursuant to FAR Subpart 4.6. e-Buy will not automatically send data to FPDS-NG.

However, once reported in FPDS-NG, the agency will receive its socioeconomic credit.

Can Schedule contractors accept orders from the American National Red Cross?
Yes. Under Section 2 of the Federal Supply Schedules Usage Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-263), the GSA Administrator has authorized the American Red Cross as an eligible user of Schedules, when purchasing in support of their charter as set forth in 36 U.S.C. § 300102. Schedule contractors may decline an order, for any reason, within a five-day period after receipt of the order; however, credit card orders must be declined within 24 hours (GSAM 552.232-79). Orders placed under this authority are subject to the Industrial Funding Fee and should be reported quarterly on your 72a form under your Federal sales.

Can someone please kindly explain what seems to be duplication in effort in government cooperative purchasing http://www.gsa.gov/portal/category/100739 and http://www.uscommunities.org/?
The U.S. Government and particularly the General Accountability Office and the Office of Management and Budget are both looking at the overlap of contracting vehicles; where the benefits of additional competition lay and where the drawbacks of confusion and cost in marketplace lay.

In regard to the Cooperative Purchasing program under GSA Schedules and US Communities, the US Communities contracts are closed solicitations that are pre-competed and awarded to one or multiple contractors.  There is a defined limited scope of product or service category and authorized user under these pre-competed contracts.  Access to the Schedules under the GSA Cooperative Purchasing program, named, defined and authorized by statute, allows, state, local, tribal, and educational institutions access to broad categories of products or services for use at any time, for any reason, using any funds available.  Within the broad category of products and services available under Schedule 70 (Information Technology) and Schedule 84 (Security and Law Enforcement Products and Services) each customer may access all the thousands of contractors, and narrow and define their requirements for each order, as well as take advantage of Schedule terms, conditions and pricing. 

In some cases, there may be overlap in the product or service categories on the two contracting vehicles, but both work to the same end...saving money for the American taxpayer.

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Maggie Glynn (not verified)
<p>Can a contractor list an item on more than one GSA Schedule Contract?&nbsp; We have items on our contract that would not only belong on Schedule 73, but on 56 and 75?</p>
dorcutt
<p><font size="2">Hi Maggie: Contractors should review the statement of work for each Schedule to see if their product/service is within scope of that particular Schedule. &nbsp;A good resource to tap into is the GSA Schedules solicitation page [<a href="http://www.gsa.gov/schedulesolicitations">www.gsa.gov/schedulesolicitations</a>]. This page provides a complete listing of all GSA Schedules, the applicable Solicitation number, and a point of contact for the particular GSA Schedule. &nbsp;When in doubt as to whether a product/service can be offered under a particular Schedule, contractors should ask the point of contact listed on the website.</font></p>
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