Certain purchase exceptions, outlined below, may impact the contracting officer's actions in that FPI's mandatory source either does not apply, or applies differently in these instances:• Items Not Subject to Mandatory Source
FPI’s Schedule of Products lists those items to which its mandatory
Products listed in the Schedule as non- mandatory;
The FPI Board of Directors announced its decision to increase the blanket waiver relating to small dollar value purchases from the previous threshold of $2,500 to a threshold of $3,000, effective April 12, 2007. Customers may, however, still purchase from FPI at, or below, this threshold, if they so choose. No waiver is required to buy from an alternative source.
The FPI Board has administratively waived the mandatory source in those Federal Supply Classification (FSCs) codes where FPI's share of the federal market exceeds 20 percent. However, FPI must be given a fair opportunity to compete.
Customers who rely upon FPI to meet their product needs in these FSCs may continue to purchase these administatively waived items, of their own volition (See BOARD RESOLUTIONS; Products Where Market Share is 20% or Greater). FPI will obtain such sales on a non-mandatory basis.
Updates will be made to UNICOR’s web site to reflect any product
additions or deletions under this category of purchase exceptions.
Please refer to FPI’s Schedule of Products for a current listing of all items by Federal Supply Classification (FSC) Code which is updated annually. Questions as to the FSC applicability of items under this administrative waiver may be sent via email to Roger Martineau, Industrial Specialist, Marketing, Research & Corporate Support at Roger.Martineau@usdoj.gov.
Section 827 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008, Public Law 110-181, changes competition requirements for purchases from FPI.
Effective March 31, 2008, Section 827 requires DoD contracting activities to use competitive procedures when procuring products for which FPI has a significant DoD market share (defined as being greater than 5% of the DoD's market share in any Federal Supply Code (FSC). In using these procedures, FPI must be included in the solicitation process. The FSCs which currently meet this criterion are:
DoD purchases for items in FSCs not listed, above, are subject to the prevailing general procurement procedures detailed under Purchase/Waiver Procedures and Policies; APPLICABLE LAWS.