Contracting System activities who have been
granted such authority are authorized to place
BPAs when either there is a repetitive need or
the use of the BPA is administratively more
economical and efficient than any other small
purchase method. No BPA call can exceed
$25,000 and calls for subsistence are unlimited as
to dollar value. Notwithstanding the above
thresholds, no BPA call may exceed the con-
tracting authority of your ship or command
placing the call.
The use of a BPA does not authorize pur-
chases that are not otherwise authorized by law
or regulation. For example, the existence of a
BPA does not justify sole source purchasing or
avoiding small business-small purchase set-asides.
The rules distributing purchases among qualified
suppliers for purchases in excess of $2,500 and
for seeking competitive quotations for purchases
in excess of $2,500 apply to each call under a
BPA. If there is not enough BPAs to have a
competitive and equal distribution of business,
you or the supply officer should make additional
solicitations from other companies. You then can
take action to establish additional BPAs for future
Establishment of Authorized Callers
BPA calls may be made by individuals from
your ship or command who entered into the BPA.
The supply officer or contracting officer who
issued the BPA can authorize other activities who
have been granted contracting authority to place
calls under his or her BPA. You cannot authorize
a different command to use your BPAs unless that
command has a contracting officer.
For you to authorize your personnel to make
authorized calls on BPAs, they have to attend a
NAVSUP approved small purchase course. These
authorized individuals must be appointed as
contracting officers by a certificate of
appointment. (See fig. 5-14.) This appointment
Figure 5-14.Certificate of appointment.