Two Types of Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA).
BPAs established under the GSA Schedules Program in accordance with Federal
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 8.405-3? GSA.
The objective of both
"traditional" BPAs and GSA Schedule BPAs
(also known as Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) BPAs) is to fill anticipated
repetitive needs for supplies and services, "traditional" BPAs are subject to
the requirements of FAR
Part 13 whereas, with the exception of FAR
13.303-2(c), which states that "BPAs may be established with GSA Federal
Supply Schedule contractors...," FAR Part 13 does not apply to GSA Schedule BPAs.
In accordance with Federal
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 8.405-3, ordering activities may establish
Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs) under any GSA Schedule contract. GSA
Schedules simplify the filling of recurring needs for supplies and
services, while leveraging ordering activities’ buying power by taking
advantage of quantity discounts, saving administrative time, and reducing
Contracting Officers for the Government may establish BPA's
when there is a wide variety of items in a broad class of supplies or services
that are generally purchased, but the exact items, quantities and delivery
requirements are not known in advance.
A BPA must be in place before vendors are permitted to
submit quotes electronically.
A BPA is an agreement and not a contract.
The Government is neither financially nor contractually
obligated to place calls against an established BPA.
A BPA is designed to
reduce administrative costs in accomplishing small purchases by eliminating
the need for issuing individual purchase orders.
The BPA is established
for a specified period of time, and if performance is satisfactory, it is
automatically renewed for the next specified period of time.
of time that a BPA is established may vary and is dependent on the
contracting office procedures, industry, and commodities.
The agreements are reviewed annually to assure contractor
conformance to the terms and conditions of the agreement and satisfactory
performance, as well as to update clauses.
This contracting type provides for long-term coverage for
small, repetitive buys that can be extended indefinitely.
When the BPA is combined with electronic transmission, greater
efficiency is realized.
http://www.gsa.gov/portal/content/200549 - BPA Frequently