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Simplified Acquisitions FAR Part 13: Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA)

Simplified Acquisition FAR Part 13: Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA)

A BPA is a simplified method of filling anticipated repetitive needs for open market supplies and services below the Simplified Acquisition Threshold (SAT). Open market means items not available from required sources of supply, such as GSA schedule contracts, outlined in FAR 8.002. BPAs can be single award or multiple award. Multiple award are preferred.

 

Common Applications

  • All types of supplies and services, to include construction
  • Software licenses
  • IT software and products
  • Research and development
  • Engineering services
  • Special studies

 

Pros

Cons
Opportunity to combine repetitive purchase orders under a BPA reduces procurement lead time and administrative costs Simplified acquisition threshold order limitation reduces flexibility to acquire large scale orders
Ability to establish agreements with multiple vendors maintains competition and reduces cost, schedule, and performance risk associated with a single vendor source  
Streamlined BPA ordering procedures reduces procurement lead time  
Ability to establish unique terms and conditions, to include contract types, increases flexibility in acquiring services and products  
Increases flexibility to plan for anticipated purchases without immediate funding, no required minimum guarantee, or maximum ceiling  
Ability to offer agency wide ordering through an established BPA increases flexibility to meet various or unique mission needs quickly  
Offers no limitations on types of products or services increasing flexibility to meet unique agency needs  

 

Restrictions

  • Requirement must not be met through FAR 8
  • Must meet SAT requirements

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