Connections II Ordering and Fair Opportunity

You have two options to order from Connections II:

With either option, you must use fair opportunity when issuing task orders under Connections II by providing equal consideration to all industry partners.

Your agency competes and awards the task order

When using any interagency contract, your agency’s internal ordering process takes precedence. If you are the Ordering Contracting Officer (OCO), it is your responsibility to know of agency-specific policies for issuing orders on contract vehicles.

1. Fill out the Delegation of Procurement Authority (DPA) form

To use Connections II, you must fill out an online form to obtain a Delegation of Procurement Authority from GSA. The DPA clearly establishes the roles and responsibilities between the GSA Connections II contracting officer and you, the OCO.

2. Assess your agency’s requirements

Work with your agency to assess its requirements. Consider using the Pre-Solicitation Checklist (Word, 44 KB, 10/12/2011) and Sample Request for Information (RFI) (Word, 64KB, 04/24/2014) for further guidance.

3. Develop the Statement of Work

Create a Statement of Work (SOW), Statement of Objectives (SOO), or a Bill of Materials (BOM). If you request it, we will review your SOW, SOO, or BOM to ensure it is within the scope of the Connections II contract. Use the documents below for further guidance.

Name Format Size Publish date
Generic Example Statement of Work (SOW) Word 44 KB 10/12/2011
Performance-Based Example Statement of Work (SOW) Word 76 KB 10/12/2011

4. Issue the solicitation

Ensure fair opportunity in accordance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation part 16.505. You must provide equal consideration for all industry partners on Connections II, unless an exception to fair opportunity is followed. For more information, see the Fair Opportunity Guide (PDF, 338 KB, 04/16/2012).

The easiest way to achieve fair opportunity is via email. You can copy the 21 contractor email addresses on the Industry Partners page and paste them into your email to send all contractors all a copy of your statement of work (SOW), statement of objectives (SOO), or bill of materials (BOM). You only need to consider the ones who respond.

You can also use eBuy to issue RFQs and RFPs.

5. Evaluate proposals

Connections II has pre-priced most labor and much of the equipment you might use. You can use our CLIN checker for verify the contract pricing.

For items that are not already on the contract, but are within scope, request vendors to add them to the contract during the proposal process, or assess the un-priced CLINs as fair and reasonable.

6. Make the award and manage the task order

Use the best practices to the right to effectively manage the contract.

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We compete and award the task order

Through assisted services, we can order and manage the task order on your behalf, allowing you to focus on your mission critical tasks. Please contact the Connections II customer representatives across the nation.

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Last Reviewed 2015-09-21