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Special Types of Contracting and Other Programs

Within your Multiple-Award Schedule (MAS) Contracts GSA offers supplemental contracting options. These supplemental options can be used to increase your opportunities to succeed in the federal marketplace.

Multiple-Award Schedule (MAS) Contracts

  • Blanket Purchase Agreement
    Every GSA Schedule contract has a section within it that discusses the use of Blanket Purchase Agreements or BPAs. BPAs are effectively charge accounts that are established by ordering activities with one or more Schedule contract holders. A BPA is used when a government customer needs or anticipates the need to make repeat purchases and wishes to avoid issuing a new Request For Quotes every time the need arises.
  • Contractor Teaming Arrangements
    Under a Contractor Team Arrangement (CTA), two or more GSA Schedule contractors work together to meet ordering activity needs. By complementing each other's capabilities, the team offers a total solution to the ordering activity’s requirement, providing a "win-win" situation for all parties.
  • Contractor Teaming Arrangements Tool
    The Contractor Teaming Arrangements Tool (CTAT) provides Multiple Award Schedule contractors with a safe, informal, easy-access, risk-free forum for facilitating teaming arrangements.

State and Local Government Use of the GSA Multiple Award Schedule Program

Cooperative Purchasing
Under the Cooperative Purchasing Program, state local and governments can buy from Schedules 70 and 84.

Disaster Recovery
Under the Disaster Recovery Purchasing Program, state and local government entities may purchase a variety of products and services from contracts awarded under GSA Federal Supply Schedules to facilitate recovery from a major disaster, terrorism, or nuclear, biological, chemical, or radiological attack.

1122 Program
The 1122 Program provides state and units of local government access to federal sources of supply to purchase equipment in support of counterdrug, homeland security and emergency response activities.

Public Health Emergencies
When a Public Health Emergency (PHE) is declared, state, local, tribal and territorial governments can now benefit from the speed, savings, and ease of use of the Federal Supply Schedules.

MAS to Stock BPAs

GSA assists in the administrative process to fill Federal agencies ordering needs. GSA awards BPA’s against MAS contracts to fulfill these requirements. Contractors may be asked to ship to a GSA owned depot or direct to the customer.

If you are awarded a MAS to stock BPA, please review the associated packaging, packing, and marking requirements. These packaging, packing, and marking requirements may be different than your standard commercial shipping requirements. Not complying with the packaging, packing, and marking requirements in the BPA can result in dissatisfied customers and/or monetary damages to your company. Refer to the information section on packaging, packing, and marking requirements. (Hint: See the speaker notes section in the presentation for additional information.)

High Priority Order
The high priority order process is a special order procedure where ordering activities place an order without knowing their ship to address – most frequently the military uses this when they are in a deployment situation. You will know that you have received a high priority order when block 10 of GSA Form 3186 (Purchase Order) indicates high priority order. Use this procedure to identify a ship to address once the order is ready to ship.

FAR 51
If it is in best interest of the Government, supplies or services required in the performance of a Government contract contracting officers may authorize contractors to use Government sources of supply (including but not limited to Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) and GSA Global Supply Programs) in performing work in cost-reimbursements contracts and some contracts under the Javits-Wagner-O’Day Act. For the complete details, please refer to the FAR 51.

FAR 51 Deviation
Federal Government contracting officers are now 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.

Other non-GSA Schedule Contract Vehicles

Other Types of GSA Procurement Vehicles

Government Wide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs)
Governmentwide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs) enable federal agencies to buy cost-effective, innovative solutions for information technology (IT) requirements. GWACs provide access to IT solutions such as systems design, software engineering, information assurance, and enterprise architecture solutions. Small business set-aside GWACs also provide socioeconomic credit.

GSA Global Supply
GSA Global Supply is a federal program administered by the General Services Administration. GSA Global Supply provides common-use items such as office supplies, tools, computer products, and safety equipment to federal customers, civilian and military, around the world.

GSA Autochoice/ACES
GSA Automotive offers an array of deeply-discounted vehicle solutions to meet all of an agency’s automotive needs.

Veteran Affairs Federal Supply Schedules
Delegated authority by the General Services Administration, the VA Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) program supports the healthcare acquisition needs of the VA and other government agencies.