MCC has blanket purchase agreements (BPAs) and indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract vehicles to acquire the goods and services needed to accomplish its mission of helping the world’s poorest countries reduce poverty through economic growth.
Benefits and Advantages of BPA’s
BPAs offer an excellent option for federal agencies and Schedule contractors alike, providing convenience, efficiency, and reduced costs. Contractual terms and conditions are contained in GSA Schedule contracts and are not to be re-negotiated for GSA Schedule BPAs. Therefore, as a purchasing option, BPAs eliminate such contracting and open market costs as the search for sources, the need to prepare solicitations, and the requirement to synopsize the acquisition.
• Provide opportunities to negotiate improved discounts;
• Satisfy recurring requirements;
• Reduce administrative costs by eliminating repetitive acquisition efforts;
• Permit ordering activities to leverage buying power through volume purchasing;
• Enable ordering activities streamlined ordering procedures;
• Permit ordering activities to incorporate Contractor Team Arrangements (CTAs)
• Reduce procurement lead time; and
• Permit ordering activities the ability to incorporate terms and conditions not in conflict with the underlying contract.
A BPA can be set up for field offices across the nation, thus allowing them to participate in a customer’s BPA and place orders directly with GSA Schedule contractors. In doing so, the entire agency reaps the benefits of additional discounts negotiated into the BPA.
A multi-agency BPA is also permitted if the BPA identifies the participating agencies and their estimated requirements at the time the BPA is established.