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New Authorization for National Voluntary Organizations Active in a Disaster (NVOAD) to Purchase via Schedules

GSA Schedule contractors can now sell to the National Voluntary Organizations Active in a Disaster (NVOAD) through their Federal Supply Schedules contract.  Section 2 of the Federal Supply Schedules Usage Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-263), states that the Administrator of General Services may provide for the use of  Federal Supply Schedules, by other qualified organizations to facilitate emergency preparedness and disaster relief.  Under the Act, the term “qualified organization” means a relief or disaster assistance organization as described in section 309 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5152).
GSA, pursuant to this Act, has authorized the NVOAD members to access Schedules when purchasing in furtherance of emergency preparedness and disaster relief.  GSA Order 4800.2H, Eligibility to Use GSA Sources of Supply, has been updated to reflect this new eligible ordering activity.  This authorization allows for immediate access to all Schedules, when the NVOAD members are purchasing in furtherance of purposes of emergency preparedness and disaster relief.
Purchases under this authority by other qualified organizations shall be used only in furtherance of purposes determined to be appropriate to facilitate emergency preparedness and disaster relief and set forth in guidance by the Administrator of General Services, in consultation with the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The authority under this subsection may not be used to purchase supplies for resale.
There is no modification, required at this time, to your Schedule contract in order to accept orders from the NVOAD members.  Acceptance of orders from the National Volunteer Organizations Active in a Disaster, is voluntary.  Schedule contractors may decline an order, for any reason, within a five-day period after receipt of the order; however, credit card orders must be declined within 24 hours (GSAM 552.232-79).  Orders placed under this authority are subject to the Industrial Funding Fee and should be reported quarterly on your 72a form under your Federal sales.  For a list of NVOAD members, please visit, www.nvoad.org.  For questions, please contact Tricia Scaglione at patricia.scaglione@gsa.gov.

What is an Industrial Funding Fee?

The Industrial Funding Fee is a fee paid quarterly on vendor sales. This fee is used to support the contract administration and is .75% of your quarterly GSA contract sales

We assist companies in obtaining GSA Schedules. Will we need a unique digital business certificate for each company we help, or, will a single digital business certificate allow us to submit schedules for various companies?

You will not need a unique digital certificate for each company you work with. You can use your digital certificate to work on any offer that you are a negotiator for. However, if your client is going to sign the final documents they will need their own certificate. The digital certificates are assigned on an individual basis and not on the company level. So, each individual will need their own certificate.

Our Digital Certificate has expired. How do we update?

Please contact the issuer of the certificate on how to renewal/update an expired digital certificate. We currently accept ACES digital certificate from Operational Research Consultant (ORC) and Identrust. Contact Info: ORC (http://eoffers.orc.com, Helpdesk: 888-816-5503, aceshelp@orc.com) IDENTRUST (www.identrust.com, aceshelp@identrust.com, Helpdesk: 888-339-8904)

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