If the BPA is for hourly rate services, the ordering activity must develop a Statement of Work (SOW) for requirements covered by the BPA. All orders under the BPA should specify a price for the performance of the tasks identified in the SOW.
If the anticipated tasks are narrow in scope/complexity and repetitive in nature, such as mail management at one location, the ordering activity may follow the procedures for a singleaward BPA, as outlined in FAR 8.405-3. Once a single-award BPA is established, ordering activities can place additional orders with the BPA holder without further “best value” selections.
If the anticipated tasks are broad in scope/complexity and repetitive in nature, such as engineering support services for multiple military bases, the ordering activity may then follow the procedures for establishment of a series of multiple-award BPAs. When issuing an order from a multiple-award BPA, the ordering activity must forward the Request for Quotation (RFQ) to an appropriate number of BPA holders, as established in the BPA’s ordering procedures.
Whenever a BPA is being negotiated, the ordering activity should seek price reductions.