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Blanket Delegation of Authorities

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Blanket Delegations of Authority (BDAs) are issued by the Department of Buildings and General Services delegating authority to Agencies and Departments to directly purchase specific types and classes of items with limited or variable availability considerations. BDAs are specific to an Agency/Department(s) except those identified as "all Agencies".


BDA Index




All Agencies or Departments

  • Small or unanticipated purchases. The delegation limit for a single, one-time purchase or an aggregate purchase of the same items is $10,000.


Vermont Veteran’s Home

  • Food replenishments from the U.S. Food Service.


All Agencies or Departments

All copyrighted items including:

  • Special films, video tapes, and slides.
  • Pamphlets, booklets, posters, and maps.
  • Educational and vocational textbooks, workbooks, training manuals, and other instructional aids’ only available from specific publishers.

Subscription services, such as for newspapers, journals, and magazines, including in paper or electronic and web-based form.


*BDA 6 does not include purchasing or licensing information technology services.


Department of Libraries

  • Book Categories
    • Multi-media books
    • Legal continuations
    • All-in-one books (print books that contain audio)
    • High contrast books
    • Braille books
    • Large print books
    • Standing order publications
  • Essential Accessories and Supplies to get books into circulation
    • Book covers & magazine protection supplies
    • Library book repair supplies
    • Library shelf organization products
    • Labels and label protectors’ products
    • Custom labels (book awards, etc.)
    • Media packaging and storage
    • Circulation products
    • Due date supplies
    • Archival supplies
    • Label printers & dispensers (including specialty i.e., braille)
    • Library furniture products (shelves, carts, etc.)
    • Lamination film (multiple sizes)
  • Lamination equipment


Department of Disabilities, Aging & Independent Living

  • Eyeglasses
  • Dental work
  • Orthotics
  • Prosthetic devices (artificial limbs)


Department of Corrections, Vermont State Hospital, Vermont Veterans’ Home

  • Fresh fruits
  • Vegetables


Agency of Transportation
Military Department, Agency of Natural Resources - All Departments, Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Department of Buildings & General Services

  • Road aggregates
  • Rip rap stone
  • Winter sand
  • Bank run gravel
  • Sand
  • Gravel
  • Crushed stone
  • Bales of hay
  • Rough cut lumber
  • Topsoil
  • Brick/block
  • Precast drainage structures
  • Frames and grates for structures
  • Ready-mix concrete
  • Concrete repair materials
  • Temporary bridge components and hardware


*Steel/aluminum for in-house fabrication have been added on a temporary basis.


Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation

  • Firewood for use at state parks.


Agency of Commerce & Commercial Development

  • Items for resale in historic sites gift shops at Mount Independence, Plymouth, Bennington, Chimney Point, and Hubbardton Battlefield.


Department of Corrections,

Vermont State Hospital,

Vermont Veterans’ Home

  • Candy
  • Soda
  • Soft drinks
  • To obtain the proper machines and dispensers for the same.


Department of Health

  • Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis (DPT)
  • Polio, Oral (OPV)
  • Polio, Injectable (IPV)
  • Yellow Fever
  • Meningococcal Measles/Rubella (MR)
  • Measles Rubella
  • Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR)
  • TD, Adult
  • DT, Pediatric
  • Hemophilus (HIB)
  • Influenza
  • Immune Serum Globulin (ISG)
  • Cholera
  • Typhoid
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine
  • Hepatitis B immune Globulin
  • Hepatitis A Vaccine


Department of Disabilities, Aging & Independent Living Department of Libraries

  • CCTV’s:
    • Manufacturer examples: Optelec, Telesensory, OVAC, EVS, Clarity Solutions, Ash Technologies, Innovations, Vision Technologies
  • Speech Output Software:
    • Examples: Jaw’s by Freedom Scientific, Window-Eyes by GW Micro, Connect out Loud by Freedom Scientific
  • Large Print Programs:
    • Examples: Zoom Text by Ai Squared, MAGic by Freedom Scientific, Lunar Plus by Dolphin Systems
  • Braille Displays:
    • Manufacturer examples: Humanware, Freedom Scientific
  • Braille Printers:
    • Manufacturer examples: Enabling technologies, Freedom Scientific, Robotron
  • OCR Software:
    • Examples: OpenBook by Freedom Scientific, K-1000 by Lernout and Hauspie, Scan and Read by Premier Programming.
  • Scanning Equipment:
    • Manufacturer examples: Robotron, Freedom Scientific
  • Braille and Speech Notetakers:
    • Manufacturer examples: Freedom Scientific, Humanware


Department of Environmental Conservation

  • Items from Sigma-Aldrich to be used in sample collections and handling, standards, and chromatography.


Department of Health

  • Wheelchairs and adaptive equipment for the Division of Children with Special Health Needs (CSHN)


Department of Disabilities, Aging & Independent Living
Division of the Blind & Visually Impaired
Department of Libraries

  • Personal computer hardware and software for client use only. This BDA also covers clients and patrons served by VTLIB’s ABLE Library.


Department of Health

  • Condoms
  • Lubricants
  • Dental dams
  • Female condoms


Department of Forest, Parks & Recreation, Department of Environmental Conservation

  • Wildland firefighting tools
  • Personal protective equipment from Defense Logistics Agency


Department of Health

  • Media and reagents (products used in a chemical reaction to detect and measure results)


Department of Health, Department of Public Safety

  • Nutritional products that are covered under this BDA are products that are not found on any contract including the Minnesota Multi-state Contracting Alliance for Pharmaceuticals (MMCAP) contract.


Agency of Natural Resources, Department of Buildings and General Services, Agency of Transportation, Department of Liquor and Lottery, Department of Public Safety, Military Department, Agency of Human Services, Department of Health, Vermont Veterans Home

  • Purchase parts and services on motorized vehicles as described within BDA


Department of Environmental Conservation

  • Aldehyde analysis cartridges


Department of Corrections, Vermont State Hospital, Vermont Veterans’ Home

  • Dairy Products