Are MAS/BPAs being used in place of the IDIQ government-wide acquisition contracts like Desktop V, with decentralized ordering by several agencies?
A BPA should not be used to establish a government-wide IDIQ. Multiple agencies may, however, consolidate their requirements in an effort to obtain better discounts under a Schedule BPA. To assure they obtain the best value the BPA should reflect the consolidated requirements of all users, and include an estimated quantity. If a BPA is set up for multi-agency use, all agencies should sign the BPA. Multiple Award Schedule contractors provide a large variety of commercially available products and services at prices equal to or better than their most favored customer prices. A cooperative multiple award schedule blanket purchase agreement is an excellent way for agencies to fulfill recurring needs quickly and cost effectively with schedule contractors.