BPAs help consolidate agency needs in many ways. Two examples are:
BPAs enable an ordering activity to prepare for anticipated purchases and become more proactive in its purchasing approach. Because an ordering activity is not buying products or services when it establishes the BPA, the ordering activity does not need to have the funding available when the BPA is established unless a minimum dollar value is guaranteed in the BPA (note this is not a requirement). When the funding becomes available, and the need becomes immediate, the ordering activity can make the purchase by placing a delivery or task order.
Schedule BPAs simplify the acquisition process for the ordering activity. An ordering activity does not need to synopsize requirements for purchase against a BPA. The only exception is for American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA)-funded purchases, which do require a plain-language synopsis of the acquisition need.