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Defense Contracting Management Agency (DCMA) provides this site for vendor support to the WAWF system. WAWF training, the latest WAWF updates and information about instructor-led WAWF classes can be found online here. This is a great starting point for those employees new to WAWF and provides step-by-step training. This is a great site for every manager to have bookmarked and ready to share with your staff.
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The federal government is increasing its reliance on multiple award contracts. Multiple award contracts (MAC) are contracts awarded to several vendors who then compete with each other for the government business. This is the wave of the future for federal procurement. The General Services Administration is one of the federal agencies that frequently uses Multiple Award Schedules in their bidding process. This then demands the question of whether the agreement should be a BOA or BLA.
A Basic Ordering Agreement (BOA) is a written agreement of understanding, not yet a contract, negotiated between the agency and the contractor. A BOA contains terms what will apply to future orders, a description of supplies or services to be provided and the methods for pricing, issuing and delivering orders. [FAR 17.703]
A Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) is used when the government has a repetitive need for supplies or services and wants to establish charge accounts. BPAs are designed to reduce administrative costs in accomplishing simple acquisitions. [FAR 13.303]
If discussing these two agreements, the following also bears mention:
Request for Quotations (RFQs) are used in the multiple award contracts process. A solicitation agreement is used in simple acquisitions for the government to review contractors that would like to be considered in the solicitation process. This is not a contract, but a request by the agency for more information such as pricing. [FAR 13.307(b)(1)]
Don't be left at the station not understanding the multiple award process. This seems to be the evolution in government contracting.
The General Services Administration unveiled a new program, Business Breakthrough, to help businesses compete for GSA schedules that total $50 billion annually. This program provides businesses with workshops at a variety of levels of federal acquisition knowledge. Business Breakthrough is being advertised to businesses of all sizes. GSA knows that medium-sized businesses do not have the SBA support and procurement advantages that small businesses may have or the accessible funds that large businesses have. The program will offer GSA's Mentor-Protégé program, which gives vendors in the program a contracting advantage. GSA will pilot Business Breakthrough in two cities in May and launch the program nationally toward the end of 2011. For more information, visit www.gsa.gov/businessbreakthrough.