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COVID-19 INFORMATION FOR VENDORS
In an effort to reduce risk and potential exposure for contractor employees to Coronavirus, the US Forest Service is providing I-BPA or VIPR vendors some adjustments to wildland fire preparedness training for the 2020 fire season. Specifically, vendors with VIPR agreements that require Work Capacity Test (WCT) and RT-130, Wildland Fire Safety Training Annual Refresher (WFSTAR) are provided options for training new and returning employees. Correspondence from US Forest Service Washington Office, Fire and Aviation Management (WO-FAM) directed to Regional Fire Contract Operations personnel can be found HERE.
Several States have directed that individuals shelter at their place of residence except that they may leave to provide or receive certain essential services or engage in certain essential services and work for essential government services. Wildland firefighting is an essential US Forest Service function and I-BPA vendors should carry their identification and the document for U.S. Department of Agriculture Operations Allowed to Operate During Shelter in Residence when performing wildland firefighting functions.
Monday, June 29, 2020: 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.
IMPORTANT: The vendor application is available now for vendors to use when responding to solicitations or modifications for ALL resources.
The Forest Service had asked you to give us your feedback in online surveys regarding VIPR customer service and support as well as VIPR system functionality and availability. A summary of the results from the online surveys, to include concerns, changes that have been implemented as a result of the feedback received, and actions for the furture is now available.
The VIPR application is available for vendors to use when responding to solicitations or modifications for all resources. VIPR is now interconnected with the System for Award Management (SAM), which means vendors who use VIPR MUST have active SAM accounts. Also, VIPR vendors MUST ensure their vendor company name, company DBA, company address and mailing address in VIPR match the information that is in their SAM records.
*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 NWCG Standards for Interagency Incident Business Management, PMS 902.
Click on the Log in button at the right and you will use your eAuthentication username and password to access the Vendor application.
If you have not already registered in the vendor application, VIPR will automatically start the Registration wizard to walk you through the process. Once you are registered, you can use the Home page to determine what you wish to do next… enter your company information, enter your resource information, and/or view open solicitations. You MUST enter your company information and your resource information BEFORE you can submit a quote on an open solicitation.
In the footer of the Vendor application, you can use the "Online Help" for assistance.
From the beta.SAM Web site, you can view a PDF version of open solicitations (and amendments) for solicitations with resources that use the vendor application:
However, to submit a quote for these solicitations, you will need to use the vendor application.
In the vendor application, you can view the solicitations and start the quote process by doing either of the following:
In the vendor application, in the Manage Your Resources wizard, enter your resource information once with its attributes exactly as they are for that resource. VIPR will use the attributes you entered to determine the Resource Category type(s) that your resource qualifies for based on the national solicitation specifications. What your resource qualifies for is listed in the Finished step of the wizard, as well as in the Resource Information.PDF and the Resource Details icon, which are both accessible from the My Resources table. NOTE: Generic resources will qualify for all generic solicitations.
When you are submitting a quote, if your resource qualifies for more than one type, you will be asked to provide a rate and select the Dispatch Center for each type that you are offering under that solicitation. Note: A single resource may be awarded under multiple resource categories and/or typing; however, the same Dispatch Center must be selected for the single resource.
As part of the quote process, you are required to complete Reps and Certs in SAM at https://www.sam.gov.
This information will now be captured through the company information in the vendor application. Use the Edit Company Information wizard to complete this information before you submit a quote.
In the vendor application, click on the My Agreements tab to view your agreements and/or to respond to any modified agreements. In the footer of the vendor application, you can click on the "Online Help" link to find more detailed instructions.