Create a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA)

Introduction

A Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) is a simplified method of filling anticipated repetitive needs for services and products.  BPAs are "charge accounts" that ordering offices establish with contractors to provide themselves with an easy ordering tool.  

Multiple BPAs should be established when you cannot easily define your services and/or products requirements, or you determine that more than one BPA is needed to meet your needs.

Instructions on Reporting a Blanket Purchase Agreement
Steps:
  1. From the Home screen, under the logo, click .

  1. Enter data in the General Information section.

  1. IDV Type:  Defaults to BPA

  2. IDV Status:  Defaults to New

  3. IDV ID - Mandatory Fields

  1. Referenced IDV ID - Not Applicable for a Part 13 BPA. It is Required for a Part 8 BPA.

  2. Reason for Modification - Not applicable for a basic contract. Select the value that applies when reporting a modification to a basic contract.

  3. Solicitation ID - Enter the Solicitation Identifier as in FedBizOpps. Number format must be upper case alpha and numeric only with no embedded spaces or special characters. FPDS-NG will convert lower case letters to upper case, remove leading or trailing blank spaces, and remove any non-alphanumeric characters prior to validation.

  4. Treasury Account Symbol - The Treasury Account Symbol is an optional data element made up of three parts: the Agency Identifier (2 characters); the Main Account (4 characters); and a Sub Account (3 characters) if one exists.

  5. Initiative - The data element "Treasury Account System Initiative" has a drop down with 'American Recovery and Reinvestment Act' as the only value that can be selected. If this action is not 'American Recovery and Reinvestment Act' leave it as 'Select One'.


  1. Enter data in the Dates section.

  1. Date Signed - Enter the date that the transaction was signed. For a bilateral transaction, this is the later of the date signed by the Contractor or the Contracting Officer. For a unilateral transaction, this is the date signed by the Contracting Officer.

  2. Effective Date - Enter the effective date agreed to by the parties.

  3. Last Date to Order - Enter the last date an order may be placed against this indefinite delivery vehicle.



  1. Enter data in the Amounts section.

  1. Action Obligation - Enter the net amount of funds (in dollars and cents) obligated or de-obligated by this transaction. If the net amount is zero, enter zero. If the net amount is a de-obligation, enter a minus sign in addition to the net amount.

  2. Base and All Options Value (Total Order Value) - Enter the total value (in dollars and cents) of the base contract plus all options (if any).

  3. Total Estimated Order Value - This field is Not Applicable for a Part 8 and Part 13 BPA.


  1. Enter data in the Purchaser Information section.

  1. Contracting Office Agency ID - Defaults from User's profile.

  2. Contracting Office ID - Defaults from User's profile.

  3. You can change the defaults by clicking to get the Selection Screen.

  4. Funding Agency ID - Enter the agency that has funded the transaction. Funding Agency Code must be in the FPDS-NG Agencies/Sub-agency look-up table.

  5. Funding Office ID - Enter the office that is funding the action. Funding Office ID Code must be a valid funding office code in the FPDS-NG Contracting/Funding Office table.

  6. Foreign Funding - If a foreign government or international organization funds some of the cost of the acquisition though Foreign Military Sales, then select 'Foreign Funds FMS'. If a foreign government or international organization funds some cost of the acquisition by means other than Foreign Military Sales, select 'Foreign Funds non-FMS'. If there is no foreign funding, select 'N/A'.


  1. Enter data in the Contractor Information section.

  2. For Part 13 BPA

Vendor Registered in SAM

  1. Enter the DUNS number. The vendor address, CAGE Code, and socio economic status will auto populate.

  1. In the Contractor Information section, next to the Name field, click . Use the look up screen to locate a Vendor by entering the following information:

  1. After entering the vendor information click .

  1. Click on the right to load your selection.

  1. If the vendor name and address is used as the search criteria more than one vendor may display in the pick list, click on the left to make your selection.

  1. Click on the right to load your selection.

  1. If the vendor does not display, click and use other criteria like the DUNS number or the Doing Business As Name.

  1. Click .

  1. From the pick list, click on the left to make your selection.

  1. Click on the right to load your selection.

Vendor Not Registered in SAM

  1. If the vendor is not registered in the System for Award Management (SAM), then select the SAM Exception by clicking .

    1. Note: The ellipses button used to search for a vendor registered in SAM is disabled when the SAM exception button is selected. The contractor information for Vendors that are not required to register in SAM is provided by DUN and Bradstreet.

  2. A pick list will display with a selection that defines the reason the Vendor is not required to register in SAM. From the pick list, click on the left to make a selection:

  1. Click on the right to load your selection.

  2. Enter the DUNS number. The vendor information will auto populate if Java Script is turned on in your browser, or this information will auto populate when the document is saved. If an invalid DUNS number is entered the Vendor information will not populate and a validation error will be displayed at the top of the screen.

    For a Part 8 BPA the vendor information will populated from the Federal Schedule.


  1. Enter data in the Contract Data section.

  1. Type of Contract - Select the value that best described the contract type.

  2. Inherently Governmental Functions – This is a required Data Element when the PSC is for a Service.

  3. Major Program - If you agency has designated ‘Major Program’ and this award is part of such a program, enter the code of the 'Major Program' for this award.

  4. National Interest Action - Select the respective value if the contract is awarded in response to any national disaster like Katrina, otherwise select 'None'.

  5. Type of IDC – This is Not Applicable for a BPA.

  6. Multiple or Single Award IDV – Select the appropriate value from the dropdown.

  7. Program Acronym - The short name or title used for a GWAC or other contracting program. Examples include COMMITS, ITOPS, and SEWP.

  8. Cost or Pricing Data – This is Not Applicable for a BPA.

  9. Cost Accounting Standards Clause - If the contract includes a Cost Accounting Standards clause, then select 'Yes - CAS clause included'. If the contract was subject to Cost Accounting Standards but a waiver was approved, then select 'No - CAS waiver approved'. If the contract is exempt from Cost Accounting Standards, then select 'N/A - exempt from CAS'. (FAR 30)

  10. Consolidated Contract - If the contract action is awarded by DoD or if DoD is the funding activity for an order with an estimated total value that exceeds the threshold based on the Date Signed and the action is a consolidation of contract requirements, then select 'Yes'. It is DOD's responsibility to identify consolidated requirements in the Interagency Agreement. Enter 'No' if the order is not funded by DoD, or if the contract or order:

    1. Has an estimated total value less than or equal to the threshold based on the Date Signed.

    2. Has been reported as a Bundled Contract or

    3. Is not a consolidation of contract requirement

    4. Civilian agencies may assume it is not a consolidated requirement if DOD has not specified this in the Interagency Agreement.

      The above values will only be able to be selected if the "Date Signed" on the action is on or earlier than February 2, 2017. Beginning with the new values, the thresholds have been deprecated. Consolidated Contract is Required for both DoD and Civilian Agencies.

      The new values for "Consolidated Contract" have changed for actions with the "Date Signed" on or after February 3, 2017.

      Enter Code A, 'Consolidated Requirements' when the requirements meet the definition of "Consolidation" or "consolidated requirement" at FAR 2.101 but a written determination was not made because 1) the estimated value of the requirements were at or below $2 million OR 2) the requirements are bundled and a written determination for bundling is required. Enter Code B' Consolidated Requirements with Written Determination' when the requirements meet the definition of "Consolidation" or "consolidated requirement" at FAR 2.101 and a Written Determination is made in accordance with FAR 7.107-2. Enter Code C, 'Consolidated Requirements Under FAR 7.107-1(b) Exception' when the requirements meet the definition of "Consolidation" or "consolidated requirement" at FAR 2.101 but do not require a written determination in accordance with FAR 7.107-1(b) Exception. Enter Code D, 'Not Consolidated' when the requirements do not meet the definition of "Consolidation" or "consolidated requirement" at FAR 2.101.

  11. Undefinitized Action - If the contract is a Letter Contract, then select 'Letter Contract'. If the contract action is some form of other Undefinitized Action, then select 'Other Undefinitized Action'. If the contract action is neither a Letter Contract or an Undefinitized Action, then select 'N/A'

  12. Multiyear Contract – This is Not Applicable for a BPA.

  13. Performance Based Service Contract - Indicates whether the contract action is a PBA of services as defined by FAR 37.601.

    1. Select 'Yes - Service where PBA is used' for contracts for services where:

      1. For FY 2004 and prior actions, a minimum of 80% of the anticipated obligations under the procurement must be performance based.

      2. For FY 2005 and later actions a minimum of 50% of the anticipated obligations under the procurements action must be performance based.

    2. Select 'No- Service where PBA is not used' when the procurement is for services but the above PBA standards are not met. Select 'Not Applicable' for contract actions that are predominantly for supplies.

    3. Select 'Not Applicable' for contract actions that are predominantly for supplies.

  14. Contingency Humanitarian Peacekeeping Operations - Select the appropriate option if the action is in support of a contingency, humanitarian, or peacekeeping operation and the award is over $200,000.


  1. Enter data in the Legislative Mandates section.

  1. Clinger Cohen Act - Select 'Yes' if the action is subject to the Clinger Cohen Act, otherwise select 'No'.

  2. Labor Standards (formerly Service Contract Act) - If the award is subject to Labor Standards (FAR 22.10) select 'Yes'. If the award is subject to the Labor Standards but the requirements at FAR 22.10 were not followed select 'No'. Select 'Not Applicable' if the dollar threshold is not met, the procurement does not involve services, or if one of the exemptions under 22.1003-3 or 22.1003-4 applies. FAR Clause 52.222-41 "Labor Standards" - that goes with the Service Contract Labor Standards (formerly Service Contract Act).

  3. Materials, Supplies, Articles, and Equip (formerly Walsh Healy Act) - If the award is subject to Materials, Supplies, Articles, and Equipment (FAR 22.60) then select 'Yes'. If the award is subject to Materials, Supplies, Articles, and Equipment but the requirements at FAR 22.608 and 22.610 were not followed then select 'No'. Select 'Not Applicable' if the procurement does not involve the manufacture or furnishing of supplies, or will be performed outside the U.S., Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands; or will not exceed the dollar threshold; or if one of the exemptions under FAR 22.604-1 and 22.604-2. FAR Clause 52.222-20 "Contracts for Materials, Supplies, Articles, and Equipment Exceeding $15,000" - that goes with Contracts for Materials, Supplies, Articles, and Equipment Exceeding $15,000 (formerly Walsh-Healey).

  4. Construction Wage Rate Requirements (formerly Davis Bacon Act) - If the award is subject to Construction Wage Rate Requirements (FAR 22.403-1) then select 'Yes'. If the award is subject to Construction Wage Rate Requirements but did not contain the clause 52.222-6 then select 'No'. Select 'Not Applicable' if the award does not meet the dollar threshold or is not for construction, alteration, or repair (including painting and decorating) of public buildings or public works within the United States. The FAR Clause 52.222-6 “Construction Wage Rate Requirements” – that goes with Construction Wage Rate Requirements (Construction) (formerly Davis Bacon Act.)

  5. Additional Reporting - There is a list of values for this data element. Select the value or values that apply to this action. Two or more values can be chosen, unless ‘None of the Above’ is selected.


  1. Enter data in the Inter Agency Contracting Authority section.

  1. Interagency Contracting Authority - If the transaction is subject to the Economy Act, select 'Economy Act'. If the transaction is subject to the Other Statutory Authority, select the 'Other Statutory Authority' and provide the name of the authority in the available text field, Other Interagency Contracting Statutory Authority. If no Statutory Authority applies, select 'Not Applicable'.

  2. Other Interagency Contracting Statutory Authority - If the value selected in the Interagency Contracting Authority is 'Other Statutory Authority', then provide the name of the authority in this free form text field


  1. Enter data in the Contract Marketing Data section.

  1. Website URL

  2. Who can use

  3. Agency codes/Other Text

  4. Email Contact

  5. Individual Order/ Call Limit

  6. Fee For Use of Service

  7. Ordering Procedure


  1. Enter data in the Product or Service Information section.

  1. Product or Service Code - Pick the code that best identifies the product or service procured. If more than one code applies, then report the code that represents most of the ultimate contract value.

  2. Principal NAICS Code - Report the code that was used in the solicitation.

  3. Claimant Program Code – Not Applicable for a BPA.

  4. Bundled Contract -

    1. Select ‘Not Bundled’ when the requirements do not meet the definition of “Bundling” at FAR 2.101.

    2. Select ‘Bundled Requirements’ when the requirements meet the definition of “Bundling” at FAR 2.101.

    3. Select ‘Substantially Bundled Requirements’ when the requirements meet the definition of “Bundling” at FAR 2.101 and has an estimated value outlined at FAR 7.107-4 Substantial Bundling.

    4. Select ‘Bundled Requirements Under a FAR 7.107-1(b) Exception’ when the requirements meet the definition of “Bundling” at FAR 2.101 but do not require a written determination in accordance with FAR 7.107-1(b).

  5. GFP Provided Under This Action - Select the appropriate option.

  6. Recovered Materials/Sustainability - Not Applicable for a BPA.

  7. Domestic or Foreign Entity - This field indicates a vendor entity. Select any of the three U.S. related entries or either of the two foreign entries to indicate whether the vendor is a domestic or a foreign entity respectively.

  8. Sea Transportation - This field designates whether the contractor anticipates some of the supplies may be transported by sea. Select Yes when the contractor's response to the provision at 252.247-7022, Representation of Extent of Transportation by Sea, or 252.212-7000(c)(2), Offeror Representations and Certifications - Commercial Items, indicates that the contractor anticipates that some of the supplies being provided may be transported by sea. Select No if they won't be transported by sea, otherwise select Unknown.

  9. Description of Contract Requirement - Enter a brief description of the goods or services that you are buying or for an Indefinite Delivery Vehicle, a brief description of the goods or services available.


  1. Enter data in the Competition Info section.

  1. Extent Competed For Referenced IDV - This field is not available for direct data entry. This field is linked to the Extent Competed field. Below is the behavior for a Part 8 BPA.

  2. Extent Competed - Value for this data element will be populated from the Referenced Federal Supply Schedule.

  3. Solicitation Procedures - Value for this data element will be auto populated with Subject to Multiple Award Fair Opportunity.

  4. IDV Type of Set Aside System Generated

  5. Type of Set Aside - Value for this data element will be populated from the Referenced Federal Supply Schedule.

  6. Type of Set Aside SourceSystem Generated

  7. Evaluated Preference - Value for this data element will be populated from the Referenced Federal Supply Schedule.

  8. SBIR/STTR - Click the dropdown and make a selection.

  9. Fair Opportunity/Limited Sources - Click the dropdown and make a selection.

  10. Other Than Full and Open Competition - Value for this data element will be populated from the Referenced Federal Supply Schedule.

  11. Extent Competed For Referenced IDV - This field is not available for direct data entry. This field is linked to the Extent Competed field. Below is the behavior for a Part 13 BPA.

  12. Extent Competed - This data element is Not Applicable and will be grayed out.

  13. Solicitation Procedures - This data element is Not Applicable and will be grayed out.

  14. Type of Set Aside - This data element is Not Applicable and will be grayed out.

  15. Evaluated Preference - This data element is Not Applicable and will be grayed out.

  16. SBIR/STTR - Click the dropdown and make a selection.

  17. Fair Opportunity/Limited Sources - This data element is Not Applicable and will be grayed out.

  18. Other Than Full and Open Competition - This data element is Not Applicable and will be grayed out.

  19. Commercial Item Acquisition Procedures - Click the dropdown and make a selection.

  20. A-76 Action - For a Part 13 BPA Select 'Yes' if the contract action resulted from an A-76/Fair Act competitive sourcing process, otherwise select 'No'. The data populates on a Part 8 BPA.

  21. FedBiz Opps - If the transaction is subject to FedBiz Opps, then select 'Yes'. If the transaction is subject to the FAR 5.102 or 5.202 exceptions, then select 'No'. If the Action Obligation on the transaction is less than or equal to $25K, then select 'Not Applicable'.

  22. Local Area Set Aside - This is required for a Part 8 BPA. Select 'Yes' if preference to the local firms is given through a local area set-aside. Select 'No' if a local area set-aside is not applicable. (FAR 6.207). This field is Not Applicable for a Part 13 BPA.

  23. Number of Offers Received - This is required for a Part 8 BPA. Enter the actual number of offers received. This field is Not Applicable for a Part 13 BPA.

  24. Number of Offers Source - System Generated

  25. Small Business Competitiveness Demonstration Program will be derived based on the NAICS code, referenced IDV and the vendor business type.

  26. Simplified Procedures for Certain Commercial Items - For a Part 8 BPA the value will propagate from the BPA. The field is Not Applicable for a Part 13 BPA.


  1. Enter data in the Preference Programs/Other Data section.

  1. Contracting Officer Business Size Determination - Report the Contracting Officer's determination of whether the selected contractor is a small business for this contract.

  2. Subcontract Plan - This data element is not applicable for a Part 8 BPA, and is required for a Part 13 BPA.


  1. Click .  

    NOTE: Unless otherwise stated the fields apply to both Part 8 and Part 13 BPAs. If an FSS is entered as the Referenced IDV, the appropriate fields will open (Part 8 BPA). Likewise, if the Referenced IDV is not an FSS, the appropriate fields will open (Part 13 BPA).