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Questions and Answers from Draft RFQ for MRO

Hello everyone,

Thank you for the feedback on the MRO DRAFT RFQ.  We appreciate the time you spent reviewing and providing comments on the draft.  We have compiled all of the questions and responses, both of which can be viewed in the attached document.  We also plan to explore many of the comments further.  Over the next few weeks, we will post additional questions for further feedback.  Keep checking here for new posts regarding updates and more!

Please note that the attached document below contains an updated version of the Q&A document; some questions had been cut off in the previous version and we have fixed this. We apologize for any confusion. 

If you have additional questions as a result of this post or don’t see your question answered, please share it here at GSA Interact.

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marvin04
<p>As small contractors, many of us are confused about who qualifies for the BPA&#39;S. We couldn&#39;t find a clear explanations pertaining to this matter. Also, if a contractor doesn&#39;t have any items in the market basket does it mean they are not qualified for a BPA. Thank you.</p>
FSSI MRO Blogger
<div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-624f496a-83e4-d94b-ccd0-3d5adccd9b44"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Proposed BPAs for MRO include both unrestricted and restricted set-asides. For example, if a total number of BPAs to be awarded is 6 and 5 of those are set-aside for small businesses, only 1 large business concern will be eligible for an award in that category. Small businesses on the other hand would be eligible for any of the 6 available BPAs.&nbsp;To allow contractors the ability to cover breadth and depth of Market Basket items we grouped the commodities into three separate categories. Contractors are not required to quote on all three categories but must quote on 100% of the items within a category. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></div>
Scottie Stiles
<p>I recently heard that the number of contracts to be awarded has been increased. Is this true?</p>
FSSI MRO Blogger
<p>An update will be posted on Interact soon.</p>
aubreyw
<div>FSSI MRO Team,</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Thank you for the opportunity to ask questions through Interact. &nbsp;We understand that since the Pre-solicitation Industry Day, the proposed number of MRO BPA&#39;s has increased from 15 to 23 (7 for large business and 16 for Small).</div><div><div>&nbsp;</div></div><div>Could you confirm that this is accurate and specify which pools the number of BPA&#39;s has increased in?</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Thank you,</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Aubrey</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Aubrey Woolley</div><div>The Coalition for Government Procurement&nbsp;</div>
FSSI MRO Blogger
<p>An update will be posted on Interact soon.</p>
THD9100
<p>It does not appear the MRO FSSI team is considering a fixed discount &ndash; in lieu of fixed pricing.</p><p>It seems having all alternatives available to the federal government provides for the best value as more companies would be competing for their business and through competition &ndash; driving down the government costs.</p><p>Although the contact cites 51V-105-001 is eligible &ndash; it seems the terms are excluding many existing GSA contract holders that fall under that SIN.</p><p>Not sure if soliciting for such exclusivity is the best value for the federal government.</p>
FSSI MRO Blogger
<p>Thank you for sharing your thoughts.&nbsp; It is greatly appreciated!</p>
swansoc
<p>By requiring all items applicable to the Berry Amendment to be Berry Compliant you are limiting the items that NON-DoD agencies would purchase through the BPA.&nbsp; For example a Berry Amendment compliant hammer could cost significantly more than just a TAA compliant equivalent.&nbsp; If the BPA holders are forced to offer only Berry Amendment compliant what would stop a non-DoD user from going outside the BPA to another schedule holder to get the less expensive hammer made in Mexico?&nbsp; I would like to suggest that a broad Berry compliant catalog be offered and noted on each item if compliant with Berry or not and leave it up to the individual agency to decide which one to purchase.&nbsp; If Berry Amendment is going to be required will GSA require ALL Schedule holders outside of the BPA to switch to Berry compliant offerings only as well?</p>
FSSI MRO Blogger
<p>The Berry Amendment is only applicable to DoD agencies.&nbsp; Non DoD agencies are not required to purchase Berry Amendment items.&nbsp; We will take your recommendation under advisement to have vendors identify Berry Amendment compliant items within their catalogs.&nbsp; Thank you for your perspective!!</p>
stevenyudis
<p>Hello,</p><p>I have reviewed both the MRO and JanSan Draft RFQ Questions and Answers and would like to ask you for a brief clarification on Question No. 5 for MRO and the same question, Question No. 11 for JanSan.</p><p>The answers are different for the same question. The MRO Answer to Question No. 5 states that the Government does not intend to give the Contractor a chance to rebut the documentation found in their past performance evaluations; however, for JanSan Answer No. 11, you state that it is being evaluated by the Contracting Team.</p><p>Therefore my question is whether the Go/No-Go Factor of Past performance will be treated differently from one RFQ to the other?</p><p>Thank you very much for your time and cooperation.</p><p>Sincerely,</p><p>Capp, Inc.</p><p>Steven Yudis</p><p><a href="tel:%28610%29%20394-1169" target="_blank">(610) 394-1169</a>/ V</p><p><a href="tel:%28610%29%20389-4426" target="_blank">(610) 389-4426</a>/ Cell</p><p><a href="mailto:scapp@cappusa.com" target="_blank">scapp@cappusa.com</a>/ E-mail</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>
FSSI MRO Blogger
<p>The MRO and JanSan RFQs will be revised to have the same requirements for the Go/No-Go Past Performance evaluation factor.&nbsp; If you are going to quote on either RFQ and you are aware of negative past performance history (within the last three years) you will be allowed to submit a maximum of one (1) page to explain any extenuating circumstances surrounding the negative information.&nbsp;</p>
THD9100
<p>It is a bit concerning that there is such a limited number of awardees with an even smaller number of large businesses even being able to be eligible.</p><p>Also, the RFI/RFP seems to be specifically focused on catalog type contractors and getting away from the efficiencies of a walk-in/out contract access at the current prices plus a discount.&nbsp; Granted catalog companies have a different business model where their prices have risk built into them to accommodate fluctuations during the year, but the walk-in/out retailers model often provides the best possible price, including price matching &ndash; plus a discount.</p><p>Both contracting models have proven successful in serving the federal government under GSA contracts for over a decade, whereas the requirement for national fixed pricing discounts the success of some walk-in/out models.</p>
FSSI MRO Blogger
<p>Thank you very much for your response.&nbsp; We will take this under advisement as we move forward. &nbsp;</p>
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