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Schedule BPAs versus Open Market BPAs

The Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) offers multiple acquisition vehicles that provide efficient and cost effective solutions.  Many of these tools are contracts; however, FAS also establishes Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs) as well.  There can be several misunderstandings about BPAs so the goal of this article is to clarify this acquisition tool and the difference between Schedule BPAs and Open Market BPAs.   

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New FAR Rule: Section 865

An interim FAR rule was published in the Federal Register to include Section 865 of the Fiscal Year 2009 Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This new rule impacts interagency acquisition ordering procedures and requirements. For GSA Schedules, a best interest determination needs to be done for orders over $500,000.

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Utilizing Set-Aside Special Item Numbers (SINs) for Small Business

Schedule contractors’ catalogs and pricelists, available on GSA Advantage!® and GSA eLibrary, contain information on a broad array of supplies and services offered by small businesses. Ordering activities may use this information to meet or exceed established socioeconomic goals. The information should also be used as a tool to identify specific small business representations: small business, veteran-owned small business, service-disabled veteran-owned small business, HUBZone small business, woman-owned small business, and small disadvantaged business.

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