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Virtual Incident PRocurement (VIPR)
2013 Solicitations Are Now Available Using Vendor Application
The VIPR vendor application now includes 2013 solicitations. For new 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.
VIPR Vendor Application Available for Specific 2012 Solicitations
ATTENTION Vendors responding to modifications to agreements awarded for selected 2011 resources and vendors responding to solicitations or re-solicitations for 2012 and beyond:
Please view the Vendor Application page for important information about using the vendor application and to log into the application.
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.
Virtual Incident Procurement (VIPR) is a web-based Forest Service application designed to administer preseason Incident Blanket Purchase Agreements (I-BPAs - formerly referred to as Emergency Equipment Rental Agreements or EERAs). The application supports the 2005 USDA-OIG audit findings requiring the Forest Service to implement a more rigorous approach to managing preseason incident agreements.
VIPR has the functionality to solicit, award, and manage preseason I-BPAs, and was implemented nationwide in January of 2009. In future years, VIPR will automate other preseason incident procurements, such as aviation contracts, crew contracts, and mobile shower and food services.
VIPR is designed to front-end load other systems within the business lifecycle of preseason incident procurements, such as ROSS, I-Suite and the Aviation Business System. Electronically sharing pertinent information through to payment of contractors by the Forest Service will reduce errors and speed transactions.
Vendors should become familiar with the requirements and complete preparations to be eligible to be awarded an agreement with the Forest Service. For more information on what vendors need to do, visit the "Being a Vendor" page. Vendors should also watch the Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) Web site for the VIPR solicitations to which they want to respond.
For information on the types of equipment the Forest Service has solicited for this year and in future years, vendors should view the National Solicitation Plan for I-BPAs.
To learn more about VIPR, use the links on the left menu or contact the VIPR Helpdesk at 866-224-7677 or email@example.com with questions or suggestion.
When to Use VIPR
If you have equipment under an existing Forest Service agreement or plan to respond to a solicitation to offer equipment, you will use the VIPR Vendor Application.
(Click on a solicitation year to view the equipment list.)
Solicitation Year 2013
Solicitation Year 2012
All of the resources solicited and re-solicited in 2012 will use the vendor application.
*Generic resources are used 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).
Solicitation Year 2011
For a complete list of the equipment that supports I-BPAs, view the National Solicitation Plan for I-BPAs.
Last Modified: Aug 13, 2009 11:27:am EDT