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Recent Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Rule Finalizes Enhanced Competition Procedures for Federal Supply Schedules (FSS)

An interim rule was published in the Federal Register on March 16, 2011 increasing competition requirement for Multiple Award Contracts, and implemented Section 863 of the Fiscal Year 2009 Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

The interim rule enhances competition requirements for orders placed against Multiple Award Contracts, including:

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VA Open Market Waiver Request Process

This requirement only applies to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) ordering activities placing a delivery order or establishing a BPA under the FSC 65/66 mandatory use Schedules.

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New Federal Health Care Center

Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC)

Established on October 1, 2010, the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC) is a first-of-its-kind partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DoD). With this partnership, FHCC represents the first known total integration of the health care delivery and operations of two distinct and separate health care organizations owned by different cabinet level departments within the federal Government. 

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VA e-Invoicing

For all VA Schedule contract holders:

 

President Obama signed the Improper Payments Elimination Recovery Act of 2010 (IPERA) with the goal of reducing the federal government’s improper payments.  Electronic invoicing is the leading technological solution to prevent improper payments by eliminating error-prone manual processing.

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Upgrades to the VA FSS Website

On November 22, 2011, the Office of Acquisition and Logistics (OAL) launched its redesigned and restructured Internet website, including all FSS webpages.  The redesign initiative was undertaken to provide enhanced usability for OAL customers and a cohesive/updated interface across the sites, as well as a web address consistent with their identity.

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GSA Schedules and IDIQ Orders

Can you place Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) orders against Federal Supply Schedules (FSS)?
Currently, there is no policy in FAR Subpart 8.4 that strictly prohibits the placement of an IDIQ order against a FSS; however, it is not an appropriate order type for the following reasons:

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Small Business & VA FSS Purchasing

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is one of the premier advocates of small businesses.  While small business set-asides are not allowed under the VA Federal Supply Schedules Program, we seek to utilize small businesses as much as possible.

In fact, for purchases made under the VA Federal Supply Schedule Program, VA ordering facilities may:

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VA Federal Supply Schedules

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Acquisition Center (NAC) Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) Program supports the healthcare requirements of the VA and other federal government agencies (OGA).  In 1981, the VA launched the VA managed FSS program  under  delegated authority by GSA (see FAR 8.402(a)) for multiple award contracts for medical equipment, supply, pharmaceutical, and service

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FAR 51 Deviation - A Tool to Help You Achieve a Total Solution

To better meet the needs of GSA’s customer agencies, a deviation to FAR Part 51.1 has been approved to expand the authority of contractors to use GSA sources of supply placed on a time-and-materials (T&M)/labor-hour (LH) basis. Federal Government contracting officers have been authorized to give all GSA contractors access to the Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) and GSA Global Supply Programs when deemed appropriate for fulfillment of their agency requirements. Please note that the FSS Program is inclusive of those Schedules managed by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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