GSA Awards Blanket Purchase Agreement for Credit Monitoring Services
August 29, 2006
Contact: Jon Anderson, (202) 501-1231
Washington DC – The U.S. General Services Administration awarded Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs) to assist Federal agencies in protecting the confidentiality of personal credit and payment information, as well as providing a fast and effective solution for Federal agencies needing commercial-off-the-shelf credit monitoring services.
The BPAs were awarded to Equifax, Inc. based in Atlanta, Ga., Experian Consumer Direct of Irvine, Ca., and Bearak Reports, a small, woman-owned firm in Framingham, Mass.
In the wake of recent incidents that threatened the confidentiality of personal information, this action by GSA will allow Federal agencies to take advantage of significantly reduced unit pricing and volume discounting available through these agreements. They can also select different levels of credit monitoring services depending on the degree of vulnerability, risk, and protection.
The BPAs also eliminate separate contracting and open market costs that result from separate agencies searching for sources, developing technical documents and solicitations, and evaluating offers. Significantly reduced pricing, strong oversight and reporting, and excellent customer service from these commercially available credit monitoring services are now available on a government-wide basis.
The BPAs do not obligate funds. There is no limit on the dollar value of task order purchases made under the BPA. BPA vendor numbers are as follows:
GS-23F-06-E3-A-0013 Bearak Reports (Woman-Owned, Small)
GS-23F-06-E3-A-0014 Equifax Inc. (Large)
GS-23F-06-E3-A-0015 Experian Consumer Direct (Large)
GSA is a centralized, federal procurement, property management, policy development and information provision agency, created by Congress to improve government efficiency and help federal agencies better serve the public. In this role, GSA acquires products and services on behalf of federal agencies; plays a key role in developing and implementing government-wide policies; provides services and solutions for the office operations of more than one million federal workers; and encourages a citizen-centric relationship with government by providing a single "point of entry" to the information and services citizens need in a timeframe they can appreciate. This allows citizens to receive accurate, timely and consistent answers and information, and helps federal agencies better respond to citizen inquiries.