The General Services Administration (GSA) has just announced two contract opportunities for bulk purchases, one for janitorial supplies and the other for maintenance equipment.
If you are a GSA Schedule contractor, these opportunities may be of interest to you. In order to bid on the janitorial supplies contract, you must be an existing holder of a GSA Schedule contract in categories 51V, 73 or 75. In order to bid on the maintenance equipment contract, you must hold GSA Schedule 51V.
These new opportunities are part of GSA’s “strategic sourcing initiative” whereby multiple Government agencies agree to pool their contracting needs in certain categories of purchasing. The two solicitations now open for bid involve products that cost the Government more than $1 billion annually, and GSA estimates that strategic sourcing will reduce the Government’s costs by 10-20 percent.
The departments of the Army, Navy and Air Force have committed to use GSA’s strategic sourcing solution for janitorial and sanitation supplies, as did the Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security, Treasury and Energy departments, and others. Many of those departments also committed to the other solution GSA announced — the one for maintenance, repair and operations supplies.
GSA will issue blanket purchase agreements (BPAs) to multiple contractors under both of these solicitations. Under BPAs, agencies can repeatedly buy the same supplies or services from a contractor without having to redo the procurement process each time.
For both the janitorial and maintenance solicitations, GSA says it is reserving a majority of the awards for small businesses and service-disabled-veteran-owned small businesses.
You can find the solicitations posted as follows:
* RFQ for janitorial and sanitation – https://interact.gsa.gov/node/62442
* RFQ for maintenance, repair and operations – https://interact.gsa.gov/blog/request-quote-rfq-issued-fssi-mro
Right now, the deadline for responses to these solicitations is Nov. 12, 2013, although you should always check the web sites listed above for any changes.
Questions about either of these solicitations are due not later than Oct. 22, 2013. For questions regarding the janitorial/sanitation RFQ or attachments, contact JoAnn Stanley at firstname.lastname@example.org and Steve Nieswiadomy at email@example.com. For questions regarding the maintenance equipment RFQ or attachments, please contact Glenda Lambert at firstname.lastname@example.org and Shaun Hankton at email@example.com.