Virtual Incident Procurement (VIPR) is an electronic bidding and award system currently used by the Forest Service for wildland firefighting solicitations. VIPR allows the Contracting Officers (COs) to create, award, and manage wildland fire resource solicitations and agreements through an electronic procurement process. VIPR provides numerous tools for COs to use for incident blanket purchase agreements (I-BPAs), including creation of solicitations and amendments, collection and evaluation of offers, electronic award and modification of agreements, electronic management of contract files, and creation of Dispatch Priority Lists (DPLs) that can then be used on wildland fires by the Forest Service and other Federal and State government agencies.
It is important for small businesses to know how to use VIPR if they are wildland firefighting companies (vendors) that wish to respond to new wildland resource equipment and personnel solicitations and for vendors responding to modifications to agreements previously awarded. VIPR is the only acceptable platform for bidding on these fire solicitations in Forest Service Regions that are using this system. These awarded agreements can be utilized across the United States for any natural disaster.
After attending this webinar, participants will be able to understand requirements necessary to successfully bid and be awarded in the VIPR electronic bidding system.