Strategic Sourcing

Strategic sourcing is a collaborative approach that formalizes the way information is gathered and used so that an organization can leverage its consolidated purchasing power to reduce costs while maintaining or improving quality of goods and services.

Our procurement specialists analyze total Laboratory expenditure levels, percentage of total spend represented by each category, the relationship to the Laboratory’s objectives, technical complexity, supplier alternatives, and other factors related to the Laboratory’s leverage in the market.

Departments can realize savings by using Laboratory strategic sourcing contracts when requesting a purchase through Procurement. Two examples are:

The Laboratory can also leverage many other strategic sourcing contracts through various sources as described below.  As you look to identify suppliers who can provide the goods or services you require, you can reach out to a procurement specialist to determine if the goods or services are available through one of the below leveraged agreements.

Remember that you must work with a procurement specialist in order to purchase under these agreements, with the exception of eBuy purchases.

Leveraged Agreements Procurement Specialists Can Use

General Services Administration (GSA) Schedules

The GSA has a multitude of contracts with suppliers who can provide goods and services to the Laboratory. You can search the contracts on the GSA site by product type on the main GSA web page. Once you identify one or more GSA contracts with item(s) that meet your needs you can submit an ePro requisition to Procurement to process the order.

Use of the GSA Schedules reduces the competition requirements to allow for competition to occur between GSA Contract holders. Procurement specialists can provide further guidance about how to utilize GSA for your acquisitions.

Department of Energy (DOE) Integrated Contractor Purchasing Team (ICPT) Agreements

The agreements placed by the ICPT have met all applicable requirements of the Competition in Contracting Act, the Federal Acquisition Regulation, the DOE Acquisition Regulation, prime contractor terms and conditions for subcontracting, and other relevant policies and procedures. No further requirements apply pertaining to competition, to price analysis/justification for these agreements. The Laboratory still requires LBNL terms and conditions for orders under an ICPT agreement. The prices for the supplies or services covered by the subcontract are based on the Subcontractor’s ICPT Agreement.

View this website for an alphabetical list of basic ordering agreements negotiated by the ICPT Team.

University of California Office of the President (UCOP) Contracts

Contracts awarded within the University of California (UC) system may be available to Berkeley Lab to leverage. To search for UC contracts, log into the CalUsource site using either Chrome or Internet Explorer (Firefox is an unsupported browser). Ask a procurement specialist for more information. These agreements may allow us to leverage UC pricing in some situations.

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