Acquisition Management - Incident Procurement - Virtual Incident PRocurement (VIPR)
Updated Monday, April 18, 2016: The VIPR system is up. Users may continue to experience proxy errors; however, diagnostics are being performed which require users to be in the system. Please operate normally and if you experience proxy errors, do not call the helpdesk UNLESS your work is stopped by these errors.
ATTENTION: Please view the Vendor Application page for important information about using the vendor application and to log into the application.
2016 Solicitations Are Now Available - (New)
The 2016 solicitations are being re-solicited for Heavy Equipment with Water (Pumper Cat, Skidgine, and Softtrack); Refrigerated Trailer, Water Handing (Engine, Water Tender Support, and Water Tender Tactical); and Weed Washing Unit. Use the VIPR vendor application to respond to these solicitations.
"Generic" Solicitations Information
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). An example of a generic solicitation might be "Short School Type Bus." 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.
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 IIA-HelpDesk@fs.fed.us 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.
Solicitation Year 2016
- Heavy Equipment with Water
- Pumper Cat
- Refrigerated Trailer
- Water Handling
- Water Tender (Support)
- Water Tender (Tactical)
- Weed Washing Unit
Solicitation Year 2015
- Miscellaneous Heavy Equipment
- Feller Buncher
- Mulcher/Masticator (Boom Mounted)
- Road Grader
- Strip Mulcher/Masticator
- Mobile Laundry Unit
- Portable Toilet
- Potable & Gray Water Trucks/Handwashing Station (Trailer Mounted)
- Handwashing Station (Trailer Mounted)
- Gray Water Truck
- Potable Water Truck
*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 2014
- Clerical Support Unit
- Communication Trailer
- Crew Carrier Bus
- Faller & Faller Module
- Fuel Tender
- GIS Unit
- Heavy Equipment
- Tractor Plow
- Helicopter Operations Support Trailer
- Mechanic with Service Truck
- Heavy Equipment Type 1
- Light Auto/Heavy Truck Type 2
- Tent & Canopy
- Vehicle with Driver
- Passenger Vehicle
For a complete list of the equipment that supports I-BPAs, view the National Solicitation Plan for I-BPAs.