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    Primer: PWGSC TSPS Solutions-Based Supply Arrangement

    The Government of Canada purchases professional services primarily through contract vehicles such as standing offers and supply arrangements. In some cases, the use of a standing offer or supply arrangement is mandatory.

    Task and Solutions Professional Services (TSPS) Solutions-Based Supply Arrangement (SA): Qualify for Contracts for Non-IT Professional Services [Currently open for SA bids until September 28, 2018, next due date March 29, 2018]
    The TSPS Solutions-Based SA is one of several procurement tools for the purchase of Non-IT professional services. While the better known TSPS Task-Based SA, TSPS Task-Based SO, and the ProServices SA focus on resource-based contracts (i.e., services provided by individuals), the TSPS Solutions-Based SA is used to procure a complete solution in response to a client business problem. Services are not related to one particular activity or initiative, and suppliers are expected to manage the overall project and accept responsibility for the outcome.

    The TSPS Solutions-Based SA is separated into two tiers:

    • SA Tier 1: Contracts up to $2,000,000
    • SA Tier 2: Contracts over $2,000,000

    The TSPS Solutions-Based SA is organized according to the following streams:

    • Stream 1: Human Resource Services
    • Stream 2: Business Services / Change Management Services
    • Stream 3: Project Management Services
    • Stream 4: Real Property Project Management Services
    • Stream 5: Technical Engineering and Maintenance Services (TEMS)

    Please also see our TPC Overview – PWGSC TSPS Solutions-Based SA (2018-01).

    The TSPS Solutions-Based SA is an important contract vehicle to hold if you wish to provide services to the Government of Canada in any of the non-IT professional services areas listed above.

    To qualify for the TSPS Solutions-Based SA, you must respond to and comply with the TSPS Solutions-Based Request for Supply Arrangement.

    Highlights of the TSPS Solutions-Based RFSA
    The TSPS Solutions-Based SA renewal was posted on July 3, 2017, closes September 28, 2018, and is currently open for bids. . Bids are evaluated periodically.  Currently bids are due on the following dates:

    • March 29, 2018
    • June 29, 2018
    • September 28, 2018 (anticipated)

    Key Requirements:

    • Three years in business
    • Must have invoiced a gross business volume of at least $1,000,000 (Tier 1)/$2,000,000 (Tier 2) in the past five years.
    • Minimum of three projects, and a maximum of five projects,  for each stream proposed:
      • Each project must have been completed within the past five years
      • Each project must relate to the stream and have been for a complete solution involving initiation, planning and execution. This is demonstrated as part of detailed project summary write-ups.
      • In each stream the combined value billed for the projects must be a minimum of $500,000 for Tier 1 or $1,000,000 for Tier 2, excluding all taxes
    • Security clearance (prior to SA award)

    A proposal requires both an email submission (to be provided when requested) and the entry of data into the Centralized Professional Services System (CPSS).

    Government of Canada Security Clearances
    In addition to the requirements noted above, suppliers need to obtain a minimum of a Designated Organization Screening (DOS) security clearance. This is an organization clearance, which is separate from personal security clearances.

    Suppliers may submit a bid for the TSPS Solutions-Based SA without holding a security clearance, but will not be awarded a supply arrangement until their clearance is granted. As soon as possible (even before submitting a bid), suppliers who do not yet hold a DOS (or higher) organization clearance should request sponsorship from the TSPS Solutions-Based SA Authority to start the clearance process.

    [N.B. DOS organization clearance is essential for all firms providing services under government contracts, even for organizations who are subcontractors/independent contractors working for a larger firm]

    Relationship to TSPS Task-Based Methods of Supply and ProServices
    As noted above, the TSPS Task-Based SO, TSPS Task-Based SA, and ProServices SA are other methods of supply for non-IT Professional Services. The TSPS Task-Based SO/SA and the ProServices SA are for “task-based” requirements, which focus on procuring the services of individuals to complete a task. The TSPS Solutions-Based SA focuses on the procurement of complete solutions.

    The TSPS Task-Based SA is used for best-value contracts above the NAFTA Threshold, while ProServices is used for contracts below the threshold. The TSPS Task-Based SO is used for contracts up to $250,000 awarded based on a low-cost compliant selection method, following a right of first refusal list established with the SO.

    Please see our Primers for more information on TSPS Task-Based SO/SA, ProServices SA, and other methods of supply.

    Additional Information and Support
    We’re here to help! If you have any questions about the TSPS Solutions-Based Supply Arrangement, doing business with the federal government, or doing business with any public sector organization, please don’t hesitate to Contact Us. We would be very happy to answer your questions. We have even created a special package to support you with your submission. Contact Us today for more details.

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