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    Is there any issue with the way this was created in the system and can we continue to issue orders off the BOA if this was initially intended to be a BPA Master aggreement?


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    A blanket purchase agreement (BPA) is a simplified method of filling anticipated repetitive needs for supplies or services by establishing “charge accounts’’ with qualified sources of supply while a Basic Ordering Agreement (BOA) is a written instrument of understanding, negotiated between an agency, contracting activity, or contracting office and a contractor.

    BPAs are used for actions that fall under Part 13, Simplified Acquisition actions.  This means that BPAs are restricted to those actions that are under the Simplified Acquisition Threshold (SAT) currently at $150,000.  BOAs are not restricted to actions below the SAT.  There is no statutory or regulator restrictions on placing orders under the existing BOA.  However, as you have pointed out in your question, your office utilizes BPA procedures and the BOA was created in error.  Check with your local Policy section to determine the preferred course of action with regards to using a BPA versus a BOA.


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