The Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) provides outreach and liaison support to businesses (large and small) and other members of the private sector. Additionally, OSDBU is responsible for monitoring VA implementation and execution of the following socioeconomic procurement programs:
Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB)
Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB)
Small Disadvantaged Business (includes Section 8(a))
Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Zone Small Business
Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB)
Distribution and Pricing Agreement (DAPA) helps establish the selling price for medical and pharmaceutical products and gives the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) the authority to distribute the DAPA-holder's products to the military.
A Prime Vendor is a distributor of brand-specific pharmaceuticals and medical supplies typically for next-day delivery to DoD medical treatment facilities (and other federally-funded facilities) who are customers of DLA’s Medical/Surgical Prime Vendor Program. In the Program, DLA provides item prices permitted to be charged to customers.
The Prime Vendors are compensated via the payment of a distribution fee, which is a contracted percentage of the item price delivered. Prices are set, independent of the Prime Vendors. directly with manufacturers and suppliers via a pricing instrument known as a DAPA – a Distribution and Pricing Agreement.
While obtaining a DAPA is a requirement for manufacturers and suppliers to provide their medical-related products through DLA’s Medical/Surgical Prime Vendor Program, it is only the first step in the process. All DAPA-holders are also required to sign a distribution agreement, obtain product liability coverage, and market their products.
VA operates a nationwide system of hospitals, clinics, VISN, data processing centers, and National Cemeteries which require a broad spectrum of goods and services.
VA purchases these goods and services on a national, regional, and local level. Regardless of how large or small your business is, VA is a potential customer.
VA purchases most of its requirements for direct delivery through its local or Regional Procurement Office. You are encouraged to contact the |S|B|G|A| to become OPAL certified vendor for inclusion in its procurement process.
Although there are certain priority sources identified by Federal regulations, each facility purchases a considerable amount of its requirements from both local and nationwide sources. Examples of items purchased are:
Pharmaceuticals and medical and surgical supplies
Equipment, supplies, and materials for facility operation
Maintenance and repair of medical and scientific equipment
Building construction, maintenance, and repair
Prosthetic and orthopedic aids
Acquisitions are accomplished by sealed bidding, negotiation, or simplified acquisition procedures.
Each of these methods is designed to promote full and open competition to the maximum extent possible, which in turn allows all responsible bidders/offerors an opportunity to compete. The most suitable, efficient, and economical procedure will be used, taking into consideration the circumstances of each acquisition. Much of the purchasing is accomplished by using Federal Supply Schedules.
A significant portion, however, will be acquired from sources obtained through the publication of solicitations and/or requests for information in the SAM or any other acceptable means that will provide the procuring activity with a sufficient number of responsible bidders/ offerors to ensure full and open competition.
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