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Air Force publishes policy on Best in Class (BIC) Maintenance, Repair and Operations (MRO) BPAs

This week we will be taking a break from discussing the IPS strategic plan and subcategories to focus on recent news regarding one of the category’s BIC vehicles: Maintenance, Repair and Operations (MRO). 

As of November 1, 2016 the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative (FSSI) MRO Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs) have been named a Best In Class (BIC) Preferred vehicle.  While BIC preferred status does not mandate the use of a vehicle, it does strongly suggest its use and only allows for non-compliance after the completion of a rigorous exception process.  There are nine of these MRO BPAs, all of which offer highly competitive pricing to those needing to procure MRO supplies.  In addition to competitive pricing, they help customers by:

1.     Mandating contractor delivery time expectations (standard CONUS delivery is 5-7 business days).

2.     Allowing for real time order status and single invoicing.

3.     Providing damaged goods liability.

4.     Mandating products comply with many existing federal regulations, including support for AbilityOne, sustainable technologies, and environmentally preferred products.

5.     Ensuring program compliance with the Berry Amendment and the Trade Agreement Act.

The Air Force has recently published a policy mandating the FSSI MRO BPAs be considered the preferred programs for ordering MRO supplies.  This policy specifies that FSSI MRO BPAs should be used by all Air Force organizations unless proof can be provided that another solution is already in place providing equal or better value.  Also, after conducting analysis using three different types of statistical models, the Air Force Installation Contracting Agency (AFICA) was able to show the FSSI MRO BPAs provide significant savings (roughly 20%) over the existing Air Force Tools & Parts Program (AFTAPP). 

So far the Air Force is the first agency to publish such strong language regarding the FSSI MRO BPAs, but we expect other agencies to begin taking a similar approach.  If your agency is interested in implementing such an approach, please contact George Prochaska at george.prochaska@gsa.gov.

Thanks for reading and, as always, we welcome your ideas and input, g


George R. Prochaska

Industrial Products and Services Category Manager


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