New Mandatory GSA FSSI Office Supply BPAs Issued

In June 2010, the General Services Administration (GSA) awarded 15 Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative (FSSI) Office Supply Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs) for a base year and three one-year option periods. The BPAs are the result of a collaborative effort of agencies (led by GSA) to provide office supply ordering vehicles for use by Federal Agencies as a means of leveraging the Government's buying power.

DOC is committed to using the BPAs to the maximum extent practicable in order to take advantage of the significant discounts realized through this competition. Savings are expected to range from 5% to 20%, with discounts averaging 19%. The greatest discounts will be for the top 1,000 core office supply items purchased across the Federal Government. Discounts will increase as the collective purchases increase across the Federal Government.

In a memorandum dated October 18, 2010, the DOC Chief Financial Officer/Assistant Secretary for Administration directed mandatory usage of these BPAs by all DOC Contracting Officers, purchasing agents and purchase cardholders. They are required to first review the FSSI Office Supply BPAs to determine if they offer the best value for the agency (e.g., price quality, warranty, etc.) before purchasing items from any other source.

OAM’s Procurement Memorandum 2011-03 prescribes the requirements and a form to be used to request and obtain approval for exceptions to mandatory usage of the BPAs. Exceptions to the use of these BPAs must be documented by the Contracting Officer or purchase cardholder and submitted for approval prior to any alternate source being utilized. Within NOAA, the Senior Bureau Procurement Official has delegated the authority for approving these justifications to the Heads of Contracting Offices (HCOs) of the AGO Acquisition Divisions. Field Delegates and purchase cardholders should submit their justifications to the HCO of their servicing Acquisition Division.

The DOC policy was revised by CFO/ASA memorandum dated June 7, 2011. That CFO/ASA Memorandum, PM 2011-03, and the new Justification and Approval Form to be used are posted below.