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Steps for Purchasing Through the Federal Supply Schedule

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(0) Starting at Ground 0 --- I need to obtain services. Where do I go? ANSWER: START at No. 1

(1) Determine Purchase Threshold

(2) Determine Services Needed

(3) Select Type of Work Statement

(4) Market Resources

(5) Issue RFP

(6) Receive Written Proposals

(7) Evaluate Proposals

(8) Oral Presentations

(9) Award of Contract

(10) Appoint a Task Manager

(11) Issue Purchase Order for supplies, equipment, or service
         (The task manager is assigned at the same time the order is being purchased.)

(12) Post Award (Kickoff Meeting, Invoicing, Controlling Funds)

(13) Modify Contract if needed

(14) Contract Closeout



Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Acquisition Division

Last Revised: October 15, 2012