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GSA Saves a Virginia County Fire Department over $11,000

Mid-Atlantic GSA, Federal Acquisition Service recently assisted a grateful Henrico County, VA, Division of Fire with their purchase of a fireboat for their mission critical operations.  Daniel (Danno) Svaranowic, Mid-Atlantic Region Customer Service Director of Norfolk, VA, was happy to assist the County in their first-time use of GSA’s online Request for Quotes (RFQ) tool through the eBuy system.

When the Henrico County Division of Fire needed to procure a vessel for marine firefighting, rescues, and salvage operations, they reached out to GSA for help and expertise and connected with Danno.  This was a first purchase for the County of Henrico utilizing GSA’s RFQ Portal, so Danno’s assistance was of utmost importance.  Danno displayed extreme patience and a wealth of knowledge regarding the eBuy Portal System.  He provided training, clarified the approval rules, reviewed all areas of the procurement, and provided an easy and comprehensive explanation of all phases regarding the fire boat acquisition.

As part of GSA Advantage!, eBuy is an electronic Request for Quote (RFQ)/Request for Proposal (RFP) system designed to allow government buyers to request information, find sources, and prepare RFQs/RFPs, online, for millions of services and products offered through GSA's Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) and GSA Technology Contracts.  Government buyers can use eBuy to obtain quotes or proposals for services, large quantity purchases, big ticket items, and purchases with complex requirements.  All registered users of GSA Advantage! have eBuy access.

The Purchasing Officer for the County of Henrico sent a letter of appreciation from the Commonwealth of VA, County of Henrico stating, “I cannot comment enough on Mr. Svaranowic’s outstanding professionalism, leadership, instruction and knowledge of GSA, in addition the unpretentious Customer Service style displayed by Mr. Svaranowic was above reproach.  I would gladly work under his direction in any GSA environment.”

As a result of Danno’s efforts, the County of Henrico was able to procure a fireboat and realize a savings of $11,486.  Danno has also been invited to attend and participate in the formal acceptance of the fireboat.


This article is part of the Spring 2015 issue of the FOCUS newsletter. Please visit the Focus Newsletter page to read our newsletter. To subscribe to FOCUS, complete the online subscription form.

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