This Advisory is available in www.dm.usda.gov/procurement/policy/advisories.html. INTRODUCTION: This Agricultural Acquisitions Regulation (AGAR) Advisory announces the availability of all government blanket purchase (BPA) agreements for office supplies and imposes their use, and the use of the USDAs AbilityOne Store, Paperclips etc. for all purchases of office supplies. This AGAR consultation cancels and replaces AGAR Advisory No. 46, USDA Blanket Purchase Agreement for Office Supplies. A GSA BPA calendar is an agreement reached by a state purchaser with a Schedule contractor to meet the repetitive needs of supplies or services (FAR 8.405-3). BPAs allow the contractor and buyer to meet recurring needs taking into account the specific requirements of the customer, while the buyer`s full purchasing power is used by using quantity discounts, saving administrative time and reducing red tape. BPAs are beneficial: if you have any questions for this, please contact Dorothy Lay, Chief of Supply Policy Division, by email at dorothy.lay@dm.usda.gov or by phone at 202.690.2064. You can also send an email to procurement.policy@dm.usda.gov. HOW COMMANDER PARMI THE BPAs: BPAs are accessible via GSA Advantage/USDA Advantage at www.usdaadvantage.gsa.gov. Click on the Strategic Sourcing BPAs link on the left side of the page to access a wide range of office supplies.

If you are interested in buying green office equipment, you can see all the items available in different environmental attributes in this hallway. For more information about the order, see www.gsa.gov/fssiofficesupplies. SUMMARY: The purpose of the AGAR Advisory is to inform the Department of Agriculture (USDA) that the General Services Administration has awarded 15 nuet purchase agreements (BPAs) for office supplies through the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative (FSSI). Thirteen of these EPS were allocated to small businesses. The tutelage of these BPAs is a great opportunity for our agencies to achieve substantial savings and achieve socio-economic objectives at the department level. The agreements will save federal authorities $48 million a year on office supplies over the next four years and make it easier for agencies to obtain office supplies. Using the purchasing power of the federal market, the GSA Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative obtained discounted prices for all office supplies, including paper and toner. Under this EPS, rebates are increasing as agencies acquire more positions under EPS. As of January 3, 2011, all purchases from the Department of Agriculture will be required through the GSA Office Supply FSSI BPAs or the USDAs AbilityOne Supply Store, Paperclips etc. WHO CAN USE THE BPA: Any USDA employee with a contract warrant or the authority responsible for purchasing office supplies by purchase card may use BPA within purchase limits without any further authorization being required.

FAR 8.405-3 favours the creation of BPAs with multiple premiums. Once BPA is in place, each order will compete with all BPA holders to ensure that fair opportunities are available to all. At the buyer`s discretion, ATPOs may be cancelled for the following types of small businesses: Multiple-awards must not exceed five years, but may do so to meet program requirements (FAR 8.405-3 (d) (1)). Ordering activities may also take into account socio-economic status when contractors are identified for expensive processing or competition for a contract or BPA. The order should include at least one small business, a long-standing small business, a veterans with disabilities business, a small hubZone business, small female businesses or disadvantaged small businesses (FAR 8.405-5). The buyer conducts an annual review of the GSA BPA calendar to determine whether: a multi-institutional EPS is also permitted when the BPA owner identifies the participating agencies and their estimated needs when the BPA was created.