Leveraging GSA Schedules

Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs, another type of purchasing vehicle) are used by government agencies to simplify the government purchasing process. A BPA allows authorized purchasers to place orders by telephone or in person with simplified documentation. The key is that BPAs usually refer to pricing established by another federal contract.

GSA schedule revenues can be leveraged with the use of a BPA because, by using GSA pricing, the BPA pricing has already been negotiated by the government and competition requirements have been satisfied.

Buyers using GSA schedule contracts to make a purchase are encouraged to use BPAs in conjunction with GSA schedules to satisfy reoccurring needs. Think of a BPA as an agreement to buy products from a vendor over and over at the GSA price. They are usually awarded using GSA prices on a sole source basis and are like an indefinite delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) within an IDIQ.

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