GSA gets good marks for ordering guide

GSA created guidance for, and offers training on, ordering from the BPAs

General Services Administration officials took preventive measures to deal with risks to the agency's acquisition management support services, according to the agency’s inspector general.

They established guidance for ordering the services from several blanket purchase agreements and training for contract specialists to properly use the BPAs, according to a review by the IG released March 31.

However, the IG recommended the officials clarify steps to further reduce risk and monitor how well the order guidance works in eliminating problems, the report states.


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In March 2009, GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service awarded three BPAs worth more than $100 million over five years to help GSA’s Public Building Service spend its money under the economic stimulus law.

“FAS sees these documents and training as a best practice that should be replicated throughout the federal government when establishing BPAs against the Multiple Award Schedules” contracts, Jim Williams, FAS commissioner, wrote in response to the IG’s report.

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Matthew Weigelt is a freelance journalist who writes about acquisition and procurement.

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