Acquisition Policy Flash! 12-03
Interim Rule: Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, Section 1331 - Set-Asides of Orders and Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs) conducted under Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) Contracts
Purpose: To inform the acquisition workforce about the new FSS set-aside authority, and provide guidance on how this authority relates to the Veterans First program.
Dated: December 16, 2011
Effective Date: Immediately
Background: On November 2, 2011, an interim rule was issued that amended the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) in order to implement section 1331 of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010. More specifically, section 1331 provides agencies the ability to set-aside orders and Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs) issued against FSS contracts, at their discretion. Therefore, this is not a mandatory small business set-aside program. Prior to this rule, ordering activities were prohibited from setting aside orders and BPAs under FSS contracts.
|At or Below the Micro-Purchase Threshold||Distribute orders among contractors that meet the needs of the agency|
|Over the Micro-Purchase Threshold, but at or under the Simplified Acquisition Threshold||The agency posts a Request for Quote (RFQ) on e-Buy or considers reasonable available information about products and services by surveying at least 3 small businesses|
|Exceeds SAT||The agency posts a RFQ to e-Buy or sends quote out to multiple small businesses to receive quotes from at least 3 small businesses|
Additional Information: For questions or concerns regarding this Acquisition Policy Flash, please contact Ms. Eyvonne Mallett, Senior Procurement Analyst at (202) 461-5101 send your questions to the policy mailbox at VA.Procurement.Policy@va.gov.