Setting up a GSA Schedule BPA

Schedule BPAs under the GSA Schedules Program are established using ordering procedures outlined in FAR 8.405-3. An ordering activity shall request a price reduction when establishing a Schedule BPA, regardless of the size of individual orders.

Ordering activities may consider socioeconomic status when identifying contractors for consideration or competition for award of an order or Schedule BPA. At a minimum, ordering activities should consider, if available, at least one small business, veteran-owned small business, service-disabled veteran-owned small business, HUBZone small business, women-owned small business, economically disadvantaged women-owned small business, or small disadvantaged business Schedule contractor (refer to FAR 8.405-5). GSA Advantage!® and GSA eLibrary contain information on small business representations of Schedule contractors. If enough small businesses can deliver the required results, the BPA can be set-aside. This is at the discretion of the ordering activity Contracting Officer.

Schedule BPAs shall address the frequency of ordering, invoicing, discounts, requirements (e.g., estimated quantities, work to be performed), delivery locations, and time.