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What is the difference between "traditional" Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs) under Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR ) Part 13, Simplified Acquisition Procedures, and BPAs established under the GSA Federal Supply Schedules Program in accordance with

Although the objective of both “traditional” BPAs and GSA Schedule BPAs (also known as Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) BPAs) is to provide a simplified method of fulfilling anticipated repetitive needs for services and products, “traditional” BPAs are subject to the requirements of FAR Part 13. With the exception of FAR 13.303-2(c), which states that “BPAs may be established with GSA Federal Supply Schedule contractors…,” FAR Part 13 does not apply to MAS BPAs. FAR 8.404 also states that ordering offices may establish BPAs when following the ordering procedures for the MAS Program.

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