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The following clauses apply to and form part of any Supply Arrangement resulting from the RFSA. Only suppliers who are qualified and "Active" SA Holders at the time a bid solicitation is issued are eligible to be invited to bid.
This Supply Arrangement includes only those Services described in the "Requirements for Services" at Annex A, which are also identified at Annex E SA "Qualified Categories”.
Tasked Based Informatics Professional Services or "TBIPS" refers to Services related to a particular activity or initiative that are required to address a specific Information Technology (IT) need, which are usually associated with a specified set of responsibilities. The tasks involved are finite work assignments which require one or more resources to complete. A task involves a specific start date, a specific end date, and set deliverables. Tasks are usually not large projects, although they may be subsets of a larger project. Tasks may require highly specialized work to be performed requiring a rare or unique skill or knowledge for a short period of time.
All clauses and conditions identified in the Supply Arrangement and resulting Contract(s) by number, date and title are set out in the Standard Acquisition Clauses and Conditions (SACC) Manual issued by Public Works and Government Services Canada.
2020 (2013-04-25) General Conditions - Supply Arrangement - Goods or Services, apply to and form part of the Supply Arrangement.
The Supplier must compile and maintain records on its provision of services to the federal government under contracts resulting from the Supply Arrangement. This data must include all purchases paid for by a Government of Canada Acquisitions Card.
Canada will provide a report template which must be submitted at the end of each quarter. All data fields of the report must be completed as requested. If some data is not available, the reason must be indicated. If no goods or services are provided during a given period, the Supplier must still provide a "NIL" report.
The data must be submitted on a quarterly basis to the Supply Arrangement Authority. Electronic reports must be completed and forwarded to the Supply Arrangement Authority, no later than 15 calendar days after the end of the quarterly report.
The Quarterly periods are defined as follows:
Failure to provide fully completed reports in accordance with the above instructions may result in the suspension or cancellation of the Supply Arrangement and/or the application of a vendor performance corrective measure.
The period for awarding contracts under the SA begins is from its start date as stated on page 1 of the SA and ends 18 months later.
In as much as possible, PWGSC will issue a bid solicitation intended to replace the Supply Arrangements for the Services on an annual basis, although PWGSC reserves the right to choose to proceed with a different procurement vehicle for the requirement if it considers such action appropriate. Each such recompetition (a "refresh bid solicitation") requires all bidders, including those who may have received instruments under the previous solicitation, to submit a bid in response to the bid solicitation in order to continue to provide services under its resulting Supply Arrangement. The terms and conditions of each refresh bid solicitation may add, modify or remove Categories/Streams, and may otherwise modify the requirements of the previous bid solicitation. As such, each refresh bid solicitation stands alone, separate and apart from any previous bid solicitation. While some aspects of a bidder's bid may incorporate by reference information already in the possession of Canada, all the requirements of a solicitation must be met by each bidder by the submission due date.
Suppliers may submit a bid for a Supply Arrangement at any time by responding to the refresh bid solicitation's terms and conditions. Canada reserves the right to issue supply arrangements to bidders who qualify throughout the entire period of the Supply Arrangement.
Evaluations of arrangements will start on a quarterly basis. Canada will endeavor to evaluate in each quarter those submissions received by the beginning of such quarter as identified below. This schedule may require a revision due to operational requirements and in which case suppliers will be advised.
Submission Period: January 2014 to March 31, 2014
Submission due date (14:00 submit in DCC and at BRU March 31, 2014)
Evaluation Start Date: April 1, 2014
Estimated Award Date (subject to change): June 2014
Submission Period: April 1, 2014 to June 30, 2014
Submission due date (14:00 submit in DCC and at BRU June 30, 2014)
Evaluation Start Date: July 1st, 2014
Estimated Award Date (subject to change): September 30, 2014
Submission Period: July 1, 2014 to September 30, 2014
Submission due date (14:00 submit in DCC and at BRU October 1, 2014
Evaluation Start Date: October 1st, 2014
Estimated Award Date (subject to change): December 31, 2014
Submission Period: October 1, 2014 to December 30, 2014
Submission due date (14:00 submit in DCC and at BRU December 30, 2014
Evaluation Start Date: January 1, 2015
Estimated Award Date (subject to change): March 31, 2015
A supplier may choose to submit a quarterly bid containing an entirely new arrangement, or may propose to modify its arrangement by adding or removing Categories. Participation in a quarterly evaluation is entirely optional and not required to maintain any TBIPS arrangement.
However, all arrangements whether issued quarterly or as the result of a bid submitted on the bid closing date of a refresh bid solicitation will be replaced when a refresh bid solicitation occurs. Therefore, all bidders must submit a bid before the closing date of a refresh bid solicitation in order to continue to provide services under its resulting Supply Arrangement.
The Supply Arrangement Authority is:
The Supply Arrangement Authority (or its authorized representative) is responsible for the establishment of the Supply Arrangement, its administration and its revision, if applicable. Upon the issuance of a bid solicitation under the Supply Arrangement, that solicitation's Contracting Authority is responsible for any contractual issues relating to the contract solicited. Any changes to the Supply Arrangement must be authorized in writing by the Supply Arrangement Authority.
This individual is the central point of contact within the Supplier for all matters pertaining to this Supply Arrangement. The Supplier confirms that this individual has the authority to bind the Supplier. It is the Supplier's sole responsibility to ensure that the information related to the Supplier Representative is correct. If a replacement or a new Supplier Representative is required, the Supplier will:
[Note to Supplier: This information is as per your arrangement and is available to be viewed by Clients via the Centralized Professional Services System (CPSS) website].
The Supplier may designate another individual to represent the Supplier for administrative and technical purposes under any contract resulting from this Supply Arrangement.
Suppliers are responsible for the maintenance of their tombstone data in CPSS. Suppliers must also safeguard the credentials released to the Main Supplier Contact (MSC) and supplier's Contacts that enable access to the Supplier Module. Canada will not delay or cancel any solicitation or Call-up process due to a supplier's inability to access, modify or validate such credentials, or because of any claim that such credentials were used without proper authorization.
The Identified Users (also called Clients) include any government department, agency or Crown Corporation listed in Schedules I, I.1, II, III, IV, and V of the Financial Administration Act, R.S., 1985, c. F-11 and any other party for which the Department of Public Works and Government Services has been authorized to act from time to time under section 16 of the Department of Public Works and Government Services Act.
Canada may, at any time, withdraw authority from any of the Identified Users to use the Supply Arrangement.
If there is a discrepancy between the wording of any documents that appear on the list, the wording of the document that first appears on the list has priority over the wording of any document that subsequently appears on the list.
Compliance with the certifications provided by the Supplier in the arrangement is a condition of the Supply Arrangement (SA) and subject to verification by Canada during the term of the SA and of any resulting contract that would continue beyond the period of the SA. If the Supplier does not comply with any certification or it is determined that any certification made by the Supplier in the arrangement is untrue, whether made knowingly or unknowingly, Canada has the right to terminate any resulting contract for default and suspend or cancel the SA.
The Supply Arrangement (SA) and any contract resulting from the SA must be interpreted and governed, and the relations between the parties determined, by the laws in force in the Province of Ontario, Canada unless otherwise stipulated in the Supplier's arrangement or a resulting contract.
In addition to the circumstances identified in 2020 09, Canada may, by sending written notice to the Supplier, suspend or cancel the Supply Arrangement where the Supplier has made public any information that conflicts with the terms, conditions, pricing or availability of systems identified in this Supply Arrangement, or where the Supplier is in default in carrying out any of its obligations under this Supply Arrangement.
The Supply Arrangement is not to be used for deliveries within a Comprehensive Land Claims Settlement Area (CLCSA). All requirements for delivery within a CLCSA are to be processed individually.
As part of Canada's policy directing federal departments and agencies to take the necessary steps to acquire products and services that have a lower impact on the environment than those traditionally acquired, Suppliers should:
The Travel and Living expenses are calculated differently between the Regions and Metropolitan areas and this may affect the total cost of a Professional Services Supply Arrangement requirement. Accordingly, if any contract resulting from a solicitation let under this supply arrangement permits payment to a Contractor in its basis of payment for Travel and Living expenses, such expense will only be reimbursed in accordance with the information provided at Supply Arrangement Travel and Living Information.
The document titled "Definitions of the National Zone, Regions and Metropolitan Areas" are incorporated by reference into this supply arrangement, with the exception that for the purposes of this supply arrangement, the National Zone is to be considered as another Region:
The following Regions and Metropolitan areas may receive Services under this supply arrangement where a Supplier is qualified to do so:
Regions: Metropolitan Areas
Atlantic — Halifax, Moncton
Quebec — Montreal, Quebec City
Ontario — Toronto
Western — Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Winnipeg
Pacific — Vancouver, Victoria
National Capital — National Capital Region
Canada will use the bid solicitation template 2T-HIGH1 available in the Standard Acquisition Clauses and Conditions (SACC) Manual as the basis for issuing bid solicitations under this Supply Arrangement (SA) and as provided in 6C below. Each bid solicitation will contain at a minimum the following:
Bids will be solicited for specific requirements within the scope of the SA from qualified Suppliers who have been issued a SA.
A bid solicitation will be posted on the Government Electronic Tendering Service (GETS) (or as applicable with a GC web-based electronic procurement tool) or will be e-mailed directly to supplier, depending on the selection methodology selected.
Canada may consolidate requirements across Clients and award Contracts on a periodic basis to receive best or better pricing.
Provided a Client has the legal authority to contract, it may choose to award contracts under this SA in accordance with the Tier 1 Contract Limitations described below. All Tier 2 contracts and those contracts for Clients without authority to contract under Tier 1 will be managed by PWGSC or Shared Services Canada (SSC). The Supplier agrees only to perform individual contracts made by an authorized representative of Canada pursuant to this SA that do not exceed the applicable Contract Authority value limitations.
Requirement Value (GST/HST incl.) Contracting Authority
Tier 1 Requirements up to and including $2M Client/PWGSC
Tier 2 Requirements greater than $2M PWGSC/SSC
Clients may award contracts to Suppliers qualified in the applicable Categor(ies) only in accordance with the following:
Alternatively, Clients may issue a contract using this SA to a Supplier satisfying the requirement particulars as set out in a bid solicitation in accordance with the following: a minimum of two Suppliers must be invited to submit a proposal via e-mail, with the Client (Identified User):
Note: If the number of Suppliers that meet the requirement is less than fifteen, all Suppliers will be automatically selected.
Tier 2 requirements will be managed by a PWGSC Procurement Representative on behalf of the Client, or SSC on its own behalf in accordance with the following:
For a requirement in either Tier, all Suppliers qualified in each relevant Category, Region and Metropolitan Area will be invited by e-mail or GETS to bid where any supplier has been provided with a request for information in respect of services that in whole or in part appear in the requirement to be solicited under this SA.
By submitting a bid, the Bidder agrees that during a solicitation under this supply arrangement, if the Bidder has performed services for Canada under any current or past TBIPS instrument,Canada may disclose such fact (including the previous contract value and date of issuance) during any such solicitation for replacement or follow-on services.