VA Federal Supply Schedule Frequently Asked Questions — FSS Purchasing Programs
In a partnering effort between Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and the Office of Acquisition and Logistics (OAL), VA implemented a three (3) national Prime Vendor Programs: Medical/Surgical, Pharmaceutical, and Subsistence. These prime vendor contractors maintain stock of various contracted items and offer items from multiple contractors under a single order.
Medical Centers pay prime vendors a distribution fee plus the product price. Product prices are primarily established by the Federal Supply Schedule Program (FSS), VA National Standardization Program, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) and/or local contracts.
Companies offering items under FSS Schedules 65IIA Medical Equipment & Supplies and 65IB Drugs, Pharmaceuticals, & Hematology Related Products may elect to participate in the Prime Vendor Program. Participation in this program is optional and will have no impact on the Governments award decision.
The following SINs are available for sale/purchase from the Med/Surg Prime Vendor Program:
|Schedule||Special Item Number (SIN)|
|65IB Drugs, Pharmaceuticals, & Hematology Related Products||42-1 Nonprescription Medicated Cosmetics & Surgical Soaps
622 Antiseptic Liquid Skin Cleansing Detergents and Soaps, Dispensers, and Accessories
|65IIA Medical Equipment & Supplies||ALL SINs except those for medical equipment, pharmacy furniture, and equipment maintenance and repair.|
|65IIF Patient Mobility Devices||F-1 Manual Wheelchairs
F-5 Wheelchair Cushions
F-6 Accessory Products
|65VII Invitro Diagnostics, Reagents, Test Kits, & Test Sets||555-7 Phlebotomy (needles, collection tubes/sets, lancets, and skin preparation kits)
555-10 Miscellaneous (vacutainer kits, filter samplers, laboratory chemical and miscellaneous in vitro diagnostic products) This does not include laboratory supplies.
Under the Disaster Recovery Purchasing Program, state and local government entities may purchase a variety of products and services from contracts awarded under Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) contracts to facilitate recovery from a major disaster, terrorism, or nuclear, biological, chemical, or radiological attack.
All FSS contract holders may elect to accept orders under the Disaster Recovery Purchasing program; however, participation in this program is optional and will have no impact on the Government’s award decision.
The GSA Disaster Recovery Purchasing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) web page provides additional information on this program.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) was signed into law by President Obama on February 17, 2009. It is an unprecedented effort to jumpstart our economy, create or save millions of jobs, and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so that our country can thrive in the 21st century.
All FSS contract holders may elect to accept orders funded under ARRA; however, participation is optional and will have no impact on the Government’s award decision.
The FAQs for Recipients web page provides additional information on this program.
Visit the National Contract Service homepage for more information on national contracts and prime vendor programs.