8.405-4 Price reductions.
In addition to seeking price reductions before placing an order exceeding the maximum
order threshold (see 8.405-1(d)), or in conjunction with the annual BPA review, there
may be other reasons to request a price reduction. For example, ordering activities
should seek a price reduction when the supply or service is available elsewhere at a
lower price, or when establishing a BPA to fill recurring requirements. The potential
volume of orders under BPAs, regardless of the size of individual orders, offers the
opportunity to secure greater discounts. Schedule contractors are not required to
pass on to all Schedule users a price reduction extended only to an individual ordering
activity for a specific order.
8.405-5 Small business.
- Although the mandatory preference programs of Part 19 do not apply, orders
placed against Schedule contracts may be credited toward the ordering
activity’s small business goals. For purposes of reporting an order placed with
a small business Schedule contractor, an ordering agency may only take credit
if the awardee meets a size standard that corresponds to the work performed.
Ordering activities should rely on the small business representations made by
Schedule contractors at the contract level.
- Ordering activities may consider socioeconomic status when identifying
contractor(s) for consideration or competition for award of an order or
BPA. At a minimum, ordering activities should consider, if available, at
least one small business, veteran-owned small business, service-disabled
veteran-owned small business, HUBZone small business, women-owned
small business, or small disadvantaged business Schedule contractor(s).
GSAAdvantage!® (www.gsaadvantage.gsa.gov) and Schedules eLibrary
(www.gsaelibrary.gsa.gov) contain information on the small business
representations of Schedule contractors.
- For orders exceeding the micro-purchase threshold, ordering activities should
give preference to the items of small business concerns when two or more
items at the same delivered price will satisfy the requirement.