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Title Market Survey (#2 of 2) for Strategic Sourcing of Various Supplies and Equipment (SAVES) Office Supplies
Announcement Type Market Survey
Date Posted 01/07/2009
Date Closed 01/22/2009 12:00 AM
Solicitation / Contract # 7409
Name / Organization Joe Carey / AJA-484
Region Issuing Office WA - FAA Headquarters (Washington, DC)
Phone / Email 202-267-5814 /
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Procurement Method Commercial/Simplified
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Abstract Market Survey (#2 of 2) for Strategic Sourcing of Various Supplies and Equipment (SAVES) Office Supplies

This is a market survey for the above identified requirements. This market survey is being released in accordance with FAA A.M.S. policy  The responses to this market survey will be used for informational purposes only, and will not be released. Proprietary information will be protected if appropriately marked.  This announcement is not intended to guarantee procurement of a product, and shall not be construed as a commitment by the Government to enter into a contract.  This is not a screening information request (SIR) or request for proposal (RFP).  The FAA is not seeking or accepting unsolicited proposals.

This is the second of 2(two) market surveys released for this requirement. 
Reference: Market Survey Dated October 7, 2008 entitled: "Market Survey for Strategic Sourcing of Various Supplies and Equipment (SAVES) Office Supplies".

The purpose of this market survey is to seek industry input and comment on both of the proposed concepts of pricing methodology described below, and to allow an opportunity for industry suggestions and recommendations for alternate strategies.

The FAA intends to re-compete the Strategic Acquisition of Various Equipment and Supplies (SAVES) office supply contract. We are contemplating alternate methods of pricing, from the existing contract which is structured as discounted fixed pricing.  The two methods currently being considered are based on fixed discounts (percentages) on vendor commercial/internet pricing.  The rationale for this strategy would be allowance for the FAA's pricing to adjust with positive and negative fluctuation in the market.  The goal is to improve the current pricing structure, in order to achieve more favorable pricing on the follow-on contract.

The two pricing strategies currently under consideration are as follows:

(1) A single fixed discount (percentage) off of the commercial internet/catalog retail price that is applied to all items.

(2) Multiple variable discounts (percentages) off of the commercial internet/catalog retail price for a limited number of categories.  For example, a different discount would be applied for toner, paper, and general office supplies categories. 

For either scenario, the discount would be off of vendor commercial/internet retail price.  FAA contract pricing would then fluctuate with changes in the commercial price.


(1) Ability-One (formerly Javits-Wagner-O'Day (JWOD) items would be priced as a fixed percentage above the Ability-One committee's price and would not be impacted by any other change in pricing strategy.

(2) Price adjustments for paper products are currently considered periodically, based on the fluctuation in the Pulp Paper Index (PPI).  In the pricing methods currently being considered, there would be no separate process for adjusting paper pricing, as it would fluctuate with changes in the market price.

Market Survey Responses:

A desired response would include:

1)   A statement of whether or not your firm would have the capability to offer pricing in one or both of the pricing arrangements described above.
2)   If either pricing strategies are not feasible, describe your recommended approach to achieve the government's goal of restructuring the current pricing strategy to compensate for market fluctuation.
3)   Additional comments and suggestions

A vendor's failure to respond to this market survey does not necessitate that vendor's exclusion from competition.

Interested companies can register to be notified for future announcements related to this and all other posted FAA procurements by visiting the FAA Website address:, which is the FAA "Contract Opportunities" site.  Should you want the e-mail automatic notification of FAA opportunities you may look under the column "Main Menu" and click on e-Mail Auto-Notify System.

The FAA is not liable for costs associated with a response to this informational announcement.  This is not a request for competitive proposals and will not result in a contract award.  No collect calls or telephone inquiries will be accepted.  This is an informational announcement. No solicitation exists; therefore do not request a copy of the solicitation.  If a solicitation is issued, it will be posted on the FAA's contract opportunities web page.  It is the potential offeror's responsibility to monitor this site for the release of any solicitation.

Responses must be received in writing, by the FAA by 2PM EST January 22, 2009.  All inquiries and responses should be directed to:

Federal Aviation Administration
ATTN:  Tye White, ATO-A, AJA-484, Rm. 406
800 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C.  20591