I-Fss-40 Contractor Team Agreements (July 2003)

The 24th commenter focused on Section C.32 of the Treaty and GSAR 552.246-73 (WARRANTY – MULTIPLE AWARD SCHEDULE (Mar 2000) (Alternate I – May 2003)) as described in Schedule 70 Solicitation. The commentator suggested that FAR 52.246-4 and FAR 52.246-6 are redundant to paragraph (a) of FAR 52.212-4. Home Print Page 4599 Contractors must be a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) holder for schedule 65-II A, until the date and time of receipt of bids. . . . All proposed items must be included at the time of submission of the bid to the Contractors` Federal Supply Schedule [sic] or to the FSS of an OEM (original) equipment contractor with whom the Contractor has entered into a team agreement. Each team member must have an FSS Schedule contract. This rule is the result of GSA`s GSA Acquisition Manual (GSAM) rewrite initiative to revise GSAM to maintain consistency with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and implement optimized and innovative procurement procedures that GSA contractors, suppliers and contract staff can use to enter into and manage contractual relationships.

The GSAM includes ARCA and the internal agency acquisition policy. Answer: The team feels in the commentator; However, the FSS program is constantly evolving. When new products and services are introduced and the general conditions change, the government reserves the right to make the most modern technology available to the end user. Therefore, a spontaneous “update” of the invitation and/or contractual conditions is inevitable and is part of the acquisition process. Answer: The team disagrees with this comment. The $1,000 limit would not apply to most orders, but remains relevant when you purchase office equipment as part of the program. In addition, the recommendation to delete Section C.21 of the Treaty and to amend paragraph (b) of FAR 52.232-23 to comply with the concept of procurement does not fall within the scope of this Part. This would require a joint decision between the DoD and the GSA at the FAR level.

(a) the period covered by those agreements does not exceed the duration of the contract, including the option year(s); The 30th commenter proposed revisions to the IYA in order to make it more consistent with the FAR and to eliminate inconsistencies and redundancies between far and GSAR. Specifically, the commentator Start Printed Page 4600 focused on CLAUSES FAR 52.246-4 (Inspection of services – Fixed price (Aug 1996) (derogation – May 2003) and 52.246-6 (Duration of inspection and hours of equipment and work (May 2001) (derogation – May 2003) and clause 552.246-73 (guarantee – Multiple allocation plan (March 2000) (Alternate I – May 2003)). The commenter found that the above clauses conflict with paragraph (a) of FAR 52.212-4 and are redundant. . . .

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