Continuous Competition

The organization has implemented a number of programs where competition occurs not only at the initial contract award, but through ongoing competition throughout the contract lifecycle:

  • Office Products and Maintenance Repair and Operations (MRO) Items — Multiple contracts have been awarded through competitive solicitations using eSourcing combinatorial optimization for office products and MRO items. These national contracts are made available as catalogs in the eBuy2 system from which requisitioners can place orders for their needs. The eBuy2 system allows requisitioners to compare similar items from different suppliers to make the best value decision. Catalog suppliers are permitted to reduce their prices throughout the contract term. This produces ongoing competition amongst the suppliers beyond the initial contract award.
  • IT Services — The Postal Service competitively awarded four indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts for Enterprise Technology services. Through these contracts, the Postal Service has the option of further competing requirements and awarding individual task orders to obtain best value based on each individual business need.
  • Professional Services — Over the past two years, the Postal Service has awarded multiple ordering agreements with professional service suppliers. These agreements allow for streamlined competitive sourcing of individual task orders as terms and conditions are already established.