- Permits consolidation of agency and multi-agency requirements
- Eliminates need for immediate funding requirements
- Eliminates synopsis requirement
BPAs help consolidate agency needs in many ways. Here are two examples:
BPAs enable ordering activities to prepare for anticipated purchases and become more proactive in their purchasing. Because an ordering activity is not actually buying products or services when it establishes the BPA, funding does not have to be immediately available when the BPA is established unless a minimum dollar value is guaranteed in the BPA (this is not a requirement). When the funding becomes available, and the need becomes immediate, the ordering activity can then make the purchase by simply placing a delivery or task order.
Schedule BPAs simplify the acquisition process for ordering activities. In addition to not performing a “fair and reasonable” price analysis (except for labor hours and mix on hourly rate contracts), ordering activities do not need to synopsize requirements for purchase against a BPA.
Note: Appendix B “Sample Blanket Purchase Agreement Format” contains more in depth information on BPAs.