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What is… (Acronyms & Definitions)

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  • A

    • AQM — Acquisition Management Systems.


    • BIA — Bureau of Indian Affairs.
    • BLM — Bureau of Land Management.


    • CETT — Contract Equipment Task Team.
    • CO — Contracting Officer.
    • CPARS — Contractor Performance Assessment Report System.
    • CPS — Contractor Performance System.


    • DOI — Department of Interior.
    • DPL — Dispatch Priority List. The DPL is the list of vendors that dispatchers will use to fill orders for equipment on an incident. Priority ranking is based on price and advantages that are identified in the solicitation for a specific type of equipment.
    • DUNS — Data Universal Number System.


    • EaTIS — Equipment and Training Inventory System. A prototype system designed for vendors to electronically transmit equipment and fire qualification inspection information utilizing a competitive solicitation process offering best value analysis, electronic signatures, performance tracking, and reporting. EaTIS has been replaced with the VIPR system.
    • EERA — Emergency Equipment Rental Agreements. EERAs are awarded on the OF-294 form, are not competitive, and are issued at an incident in response to the emergency activity when incident blanket purchase agreements (I-BPAs) have been exhausted.


    • FedBizOpps or FBO — Federal Business Opportunities. The Government service where competitive solicitations for Forest Service preseason incidents are posted.
    • FEWT — Fire Equipment Working Team.
    • Formatta Filler — Required software for completing the online forms within the Forest Service solicitation packages used in the VIPR Vendor Solution.
    • FWS — Federal Wage System.


    • GACC — Geographic Area Coordination Center.


    • I-BPA — Incident Blanket Purchase Agreements. I-BPAs are preseason agreements for incident support. I-BPAs replace Emergency Equipment Rental Agreements (EERAs) for preseason sign up of equipment for use on incidents. EERAs will still be used for equipment signed up at the incident.
    • IC — Incident Commander.
    • ISP — Internet Service Provider.


    • LSA— Labor Surplus Area. Used to break a tie to determine the DPL rankings when two or more vendors have the same business status and CBA scores.


    • NPS — National Park Service.


    • PDF— Portable Document Format; Adobe Reader file type. The file format used for the agreement and modified agreement packages.
    • PTAC — Procurement Technical Assistance Center.


    • ROSS — Resource Ordering and Status System.


    • SAM — System for Award Management


    • USDA eAuthentication — The USDA eAuthentication is a permissions process that allows only personnel within a company with signatory authority to submit a proposal or agree to a modification. VIPR will not accept any documents requiring vendor signature without eAuthentication.


    • VIPR — Virtual Incident Procurement. VIPR is a web-based incident procurement system that replaced and expanded the Equipment and Training Inventory (EaTIS) prototype. VIPR allows the Contracting Officers (COs) to create, award, and manage solicitations and agreements through an electronic procurement process. VIPR provides numerous tools for COs to use for incident blanket purchase agreements (I-BPAs), including creation of solicitations and amendments, collection and evaluation of offers, electronic award and modification of agreements, electronic management of contract files, and creation of Dispatch Priority Lists (DPLs).
    • VIPR Vendor Solution — The VIPR Vendor Solution is a forms-based tool that works with the VIPR system. Vendors will use this tool to submit their responses to competitive solicitations for preseason agreements.

Last Modified: Mar 23, 2013 06:17:pm CDT