Preseason Incident Blanket Purchase Agreements (I-BPAs) are awarded with a best value award procedure and the « Choosing by Advantages » method to determine shipping priority. In the event of an incident, EERAs do not follow a delivery order with optimal value. Suppliers must receive a performance assessment prior to the demobilization of an incident. Incident assistance staff will provide a copy of the performance assessment to the contract officer who signed the I-BPA. In 2007, a national tendering plan for the Framework Incident Purchase Agreements (I-BPAs) was developed to meet the requirements of the OIG Audit #08601-40-SF, comply with federal procurement rules (FAR) and identify a competitive equipment acquisition cycle, often used to support incidents. In September 2010, the Small Business Jobs Act was signed and confirmed the « parity » between federal small business programs (HUB, SDVOSB, 8 (a), WOSB and EDWOSB. The legal parity between small business decommissioning programs and the permitted regulatory language allows contract agents to choose, where appropriate, socio-economic categories of land freeze in order to achieve the objectives of purchasing preference and increase competitive conditions, while promoting competition between all contract programs for small businesses when competing for I-BPas and other federal contracts. From 2012, new VIPR applications will be small businesses and contract agents will be able to address certain socio-economic categories at their discretion. This application has a potential impact on the DPL ranking, favouring targeted socio-economic status, but which encourages competitive prices.
For more information, please contact the relevant regional contract agent.