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GSA Expo 2012 to Feature OASIS Overview Sessions - Join Us!

GSA Expo 2012 to Feature OASIS Overview Sessions- Join Us!

In order to provide our customers and industry partners with as much information as possible about OASIS—GSA’s next generation contract vehicle for complex professional services—and ensure your voices are heard, the OASIS team will be featuring two OASIS Information Forums at next month’s GSA Training Conference & Expo in San Antonio, Texas, from May 15 thru 17.  Information about these sessions is as follows:

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Video: Don’t Wait Until Disaster Hits

This video offers insight into the Disaster Recovery Purchase and Public Health Emergency Program, a Schedules-based program for State and Local government, and how it relates and differs from the Cooperative Purchasing Program.  Learn more about the procedures and scope of this program and who is eligible.

Video is not currently available.  Contact fas.interact@gsa.gov for questions.

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06 Video - Myth Busters (about the use of GSA Schedules)

This segment exposes common myths about the use of Schedules.  There are three: that one cannot add terms and conditions to the Schedule contract; that one cannot seek price reductions on Schedule pricing; and that if one posts a requirement on eBUY, it will generate hundreds of quotes.  The facts tell a different story.  In fact, agency specific terms and conditions can be added as long as they do not change the relationship between the contractor and GSA; one can seek price reductions; and the average response to an eBUY posting is seven proposals.

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04 Video - Contractor Team Arrangements

This training segment focuses on contractor team arrangements.  This is a relationship between Schedule contractors that works to achieve a total solution for customers and limits the necessity to reach into the open market.  Additionally, the video introduces one of GSA’s e-tools, GSA eLibrary.  This is a search engine and guide to GSA Schedules.  It is the official online source for complete GSA and VA Schedules (and GWACs). 

Video is not currently available.  Contact fas.interact@gsa.gov for questions.

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03 Video - BPAs In-Depth

This video further describes BPAs and differentiates between single award and multiple award BPAs. Recently, there have been major changes to single award BPAs and when they can be used; multiple award BPAs are encouraged whenever possible as they offer competition. Multiple award BPAs also offer flexibility, lowered pricing, and continually move contractors on and off of the vehicle to ensure high performance. The video also highlights the importance of using contract vehicles already in place, such as GSA’s Schedules and BPA’s.

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02 Video - Section 863 and BPAs

This segment is a continuation of 863 and discusses how FedBizOpps can be used to satisfy the new requirements related to this rule.  It also goes into the differences between a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) and an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract.  It concludes by listing benefits of using BPAs established against a Schedule for quick, convenient, effective, and reasonable access to supplies and services. 

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Video Presentation from 2011 GSA Expo: Intro to GSA Schedules

This video introduces Federal Supply Schedules (FSS) and some of the recent changes in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) that will affect these contracts.  Specifically, it explains ordering off of Schedules and gives an overview of 863 and the new, enhanced competition requirements.

 

Video is not currently available.  Contact fas.interact@gsa.gov for questions.

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Calling All Expo Attendees!

Did you make it out to San Diego for the 2011 GSA Expo?  If so, please feel free to share your stories and photos or your favorite seminars and training courses.  If  you missed it, encourage your co-workers to upload their pictures and thoughts on the Expo here! 

Stay tuned as GSA Schedules will also be releasing videos this summer from some of their Expo sessions.  Videos will touch on MAS, FAR Part 51, and an Intro to State & Local Programs.

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