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    When issuing a 'call' --is it only for one year or can you stipulate the timeframe like the parent agreement. Say -- My call is for 3 sys ads base plus three options -if yes, than is the $7M threshold for the entire life or just the base award? Also, can you easily add to the tasks like when mod-ing a contract as long as you stay within the general scope of origin? If no, can you make a 'call' with more task detail attached, i.e. the sys ad supporting office A, tasks and deliverables, may differ slightly than what office B would like delivered (slight alter or additional task added). How is this accomplished or do office A and B have to get together and solidify the SOW--once it is let, that is what you get to order, no deviations allowed. Thanks!


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    When issuing a 'call' --is it only for one year or can you stipulate the timeframe like the parent agreement. Say -- My call is for 3 sys ads base plus three options -if yes, than is the $7M threshold for the entire life or just the base award?
     
    A BPA call order for services may extend beyond the period of performance of the parent BPA as long as there are option periods on the BPA that may be exercised. However, if a BPA expires and is not renewed, you may not add more funds to the BPA call order. The threshold is associated with the call orders. The BPA is not a funded document and is an agreement. The money is allocated and obligated to the call order, which is also the contractually binding document – not the BPA.
     
    Also, can you easily add to the tasks like when mod-ing a contract as long as you stay within the general scope of origin? If no, can you make a 'call' with more task detail attached, i.e. the sys ad supporting office A, tasks and deliverables, may differ slightly than what office B would like delivered (slight alter or additional task added). How is this accomplished or do office A and B have to get together and solidify the SOW--once it is let, that is what you get to order, no deviations allowed. Thanks!
     
    The planning phase of the acquisition lifecycle requires that the SOW be clear and concise prior to issuing an RFQ. That said, the contracting officer must ensure compliance with CICA. Adding scope creep or de-scoping without proper publicizing is essentially awarding in a sole-source environment, which is counterproductive to competition.
     
    As is always the case, please check that your organization does not have a further restricting internal policy that would dictate a particular action.
     
    For more insight into how BPA are administered, please see the information contained at the following links:
     
    https://www.gsa.gov/acquisition/purchasing.../gsa.../bpa-frequently-asked-questions
     
    http://www.wifcon.com/discussion/index.php?/topic/2516-delivery-order-against-a-gsa-bpa/
     
    https://www.gsa.gov/cdnstatic/BPAs_Student_Guide_w_Cover_FEB_2017.pdf
     





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