How to Order from Connections II
Contract Associated Government Fee
The Connections II contract Associated Government Fee (the Contract Access Fee) is 1.5 percent. Two options exist for reducing the fee. The first is a fee cap based on a single large task order with over $10 Million/year in planned obligations. The second is a tiered-fee structure for use with multiple task orders that add up to significant levels of obligations per year. Both fee options are explained further in two memos on the Resources page.
1. Agency Ordering Contracting Officer (OCO) must fill out the Delegation of Procurement Authority (DPA) form.
2. Follow your agency-specific policies for issuing orders.
3. Assess your agency’s requirements:
- Pre-Solicitation Checklist [DOC - 44 KB]
- Sample Request for Information (RFI) [DOC - 63 KB]
- Check out Connections II Contract scope
4. Develop the Statement of Work:
- Review Statement of Work (SOW) guidance.
- Create a Statement of Work (SOW), Statement of Objectives (SOO), or a Bill of Materials (BOM).
- Request GSA to review your SOW, SOO, or BOM if desired.
5. Issue the solicitation per our Fair Opportunity Guidance [PDF - 320 KB] :
- Ensure fair opportunity is in accordance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 16.505.
- Consider all 20 Connections II contractors unless your agency is performing a small business set-aside. Nine (9) of the contractors are small businesses. Two (2) are SDVOSB.
- Email your SOW, SOO, or BOM to the 20 Connections II contractors (copy email addresses from the Industry Partners page and paste them into your email) or,
- eBuy posting of your RFQs and RFPs.
- Only consider contractors who respond.
6. Evaluate proposals:
- Use the Contract Line Item Number (CLIN) checker to verify Connections II contract pricing for pre-priced labor and equipment.
- For un-priced items within scope, request contractors to add them to the contract during the proposal process, or assess un-priced CLINs as fair and reasonable at the task order level.
7. Make the award and manage the task order. Negotiate prices and use best practices to effectively manage the contract.
8. In accordance with GSAM 516.505 (b): the GSA Task-Order and Delivery Order Ombudsman shall review and resolve complaints from contractors concerning all task and delivery order actions made by GSA. Complaints regarding task and delivery order actions of other agencies using GSA contract vehicles shall be directed to the Ordering Agency's Task-Order and Delivery-Order Ombudsman.
The Expanded Services Program provides technical expertise and cradle to grave assisted acquisition services in support of technology products and services.
For more information about GSA's Expanded Services Program visit Assisted Acquisition Services.