Wholesale Supply Sources
Posted 27 April 2012 - 01:27 PM
"Wholesale supply sources, such as stock programs of the General Services Administration (GSA) (see 41 CFR 101-26.3), the Defense Logistics Agency (see 41 CFR 101-26.6), the Department of Veterans Affairs (see 41 CFR 101-26.704), and military inventory control points;"
Is there an easy way to find out if an item of supply is available from wholesale supply sources? If not, how do you ensure that an item is not available from wholesale supply sources before purchasing from a Federal Supply Schedule or a commercial source?
Posted 27 April 2012 - 01:49 PM
Isn't that covered in the FEDSTRIP and MILSTRIP manuals?
Posted 27 April 2012 - 03:05 PM
I don't see anything in the MILSTRIP manual that says something like "Check the following database to see if the required item is available from a wholesale supply source..."
Let's say a contracting office receives a requisition for a supply and the requiring activity claims that the item is not available from a required source. There are easy ways to verify that an item item is not in agency inventory, is not available as excess property from other agencies, is not available from FPI, and not on the AbilityOne Procurement List. How can the contracting officer verify that an item is not available from a wholesale supply source?
Posted 29 April 2012 - 09:51 AM
I cannot speak for DLA or VA, but I can tell you that for GSA, if the national stock number (NSN) is on the procurement list, you can still safely buy it from Global Supply because they will be sourcing it from AbilityOne.
Posted 30 April 2012 - 09:52 AM
Posted 30 April 2012 - 02:31 PM
Is is reasonable to say that contracting officers need not concern themselves with wholesale supply sources? I ask because it seems to me a requisitioner or purchase request writer should have already checked those sources before sending a purchase request to the contracting shop, and a contracting officer should be able to rely on that person's effort.
Posted 30 April 2012 - 04:03 PM
That's what I was looking for. Thank you.
I wouldn't expect a CO to check wholesale supply sources if the agency's standard procedure was to have the requisitioner check. However, as a CO, I would want to know how to check if I had any doubts.
Posted 01 May 2012 - 09:59 AM
Where is that claim made in relation to WebFLIS? I see where DLA makes that claim regarding a program of theirs called Asset Visibility (AV), but not WebFLIS.
Posted 03 May 2012 - 09:30 AM
Sorry for the delay is responding. I guess it was a nomenclature problem: I've always refered to the website as webflis. I believe that if you are actually registered for restricted access, you have access to all the data that DLA tracks. It has been years since I've done supplies, but the webflis search was pretty effective at pulling up items and letting you know if they were assigned items, what the advice code was, and which issue control point you needed to contact. Having the DLA handbook was also useful.
Posted 03 May 2012 - 10:35 AM
Thanks. WebFLIS is still very handy. I just registered for AV and I can now see inventory levels for DLA and military inventory control points. The program doesn't track inventory at GSA, however. No big deal--GSA Global Supply is easy enough to check.
Thanks for the education.
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