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eAuth and ROSS Passwords:
You must access your eAuth account at least once every 90 days and your ROSS account at least once every 60 days or your accounts will be deactiviated.
ATTENTION Vendors responding to any type of I-BPA solicitation will now be using the vendor application. Vendors responding to modifications for 2010 solicitations will continue to use Formatta UNTIL those 2010 solicitations are expired. Vendors responding to all other modifications will use the vendor application.
Please view the Vendor Application page for important information about using the application and to log into the application.
From key announcements to user documentation to training tools, several resources are available to help you use the VIPR Vendor Solution.
2013 Solicitations Are Now Available in the Vendor Application
The VIPR vendor application includes 2013 solicitations for Heavy Equipment with Water, Refrigerated Trailers, Water Handling, and Weed Washing Unit resources. Vendors will use the vendor application to respond to those solicitations and will no longer use Formatta. For vendors who have 2010 agreements (through the Formatta solution) for these same types of resources, vendors will continue to use Formatta to respond to modifications to those agreements until those 2010 agreements are expired.
"Generic" Solicitations Will Be Available for Vendors
Contracting Officers may be issuing "generic" solicitations, which are designed to solicit for various local equipment and services not listed on the National Solicitation Plan for I-BPAs, but may be identified on the Method of Hire (MOH) chart located in the Interagency Incident Business Management Handbook (IIBMH). Vendors can use the "Generic" resource group in the vendor application to add their resources that do not fall into any of the standard resource groups into the vendor application. Vendors will follow the same quote submittal process, but will use their generic resources to submit quotes on the "generic" solicitations.
Vendor Application Now Available for All Solicitations
The VIPR vendor application is an interactive, Web-based application designed to provide vendors with a user friendly, intuitive vendor solution when using VIPR. The vendor application uses wizard technology to provide step-by-step instructions to assist vendors in adding their resources into VIPR, finding solicitations that match their resources, submitting quotes on solicitations and amendments, and updating their company and resource information.
The vendor application is available now for vendors to use when responding to solicitations or modifications for all resources.
View the VIPR Vendor Application Fact Sheet to learn more about the vendor application, including the differences between the vendor application and Formatta.
eAuthentication Level 2 Accounts All vendors wishing to obtain a preseason incident agreement (either new or existing) with the Forest Service must use the new Virtual Incident Procurement (VIPR) application. Using VIPR will require that vendors obtain a Level 2 eAuthentication Account.
Read more about VIPR Level 2 eAuth requirements.
If you have entered into a preseason incident agreement with the Forest Service in the past, you should have received a letter in fall 2008 from your local Contracting Officer about the new security requirements including eAuthentication. A Level 2 Instructions Guide is provided here for your reference.
News about VIPR! The Virtual Incident Procurement (VIPR) system was successfully introduced to production in January of 2009. Forest Service regions use VIPR to issue solicitations and award agreements for resources secured under preseason agreements. For information on the types of resources and the schedule the Forest Service follows to solicit, check out the National solicitation plan.
If you have questions about the VIPR Vendor Solution…
Contact your regional Contracting Officer to learn about local information sessions or training events.
Last Modified: Aug 13, 2009 11:27:am EDT