The General Services Administration is now taking orders under its Maintenance Repair and Operations solution, a strategic-sourcing set of blanket purchase agreements.
GSA issued a notice to proceed for the MRO BPAs, signaling vendors that they have 30 days to make their discounted pricing available to agencies. After that, agencies can begin making purchases.
“We’re taking cues from the private sector to apply common-sense approaches to simple commodity purchasing,” said Tom Sharpe, commissioner of GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service. “GSA’s role is to help federal agencies acquire commonly purchased items at prices that leverage the high volume of products purchased across the federal government.”
All but one of the 12 companies included in the program are small businesses. Product prices are an average of 12 percent below standard government pricing, according to GSA.
The program is expected to save $16 million in its first year, and more than $30 million annually as use increases.