GSA Schedule Ordering Process
- Step 1. The federal agency ("client") produces a Request for Proposal (RFP) describing a project they need fulfilled in the private sector.
- Step 2. The client identifies the GSA schedule containing the appropriate SIN(s) for this project.
- Step 3. The client uses the SIN vendor list (showing labor prices and experience) plus other information (e.g., client's past experience with specific vendors) to select a short list of vendors who will receive the RFP.
- Step 4. The vendors receive and respond to the RFP within a specified time.
- Step 5. The client evaluates all proposals and awards the work to the vendor with the best proposal.
- Step 6. The vendor begins the project.
Setting up a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) with RTI gives you an easy-to-use and versatile mechanism for ordering services. You can order as much or as little as you want, as often as you want. Limits to orders have been removed, and field offices can use their agency's BPA to directly place orders as well.
A BPA offers the following significant advantages:
- Offers a direct, highly flexible purchasing option in all schedule contracts
- Permits GSA schedule users to establish accounts for recurring requirements
- Sets the following terms of the contract:
- Period of time
- Frequency of ordering
- Delivery location
In addition to these advantages, you can establish either a single BPA with RTI or include RTI in a multiple BPA arrangement.
- Single BPA: If you have a clearly defined task or set of tasks to order at a firm-fixed price or ceiling price, a single BPA with RTI is the answer.
- Multiple BPA: If you have many tasks to order with multiple technically qualified vendors, again RTI can participate as a contributing vendor in that order.