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OMB Instructs Agencies to Use DoD’s Package Delivery Services Contract Vehicle

The Office of Management and Budget has released a memorandum that requires federal agencies to use a Defense Department governmentwide acquisition contract for package delivery services, DoD said Thursday.

The new OMB policy also directs agencies to transition to the Best-In-Class Next Generation Delivery Services contract by Oct. 1.

OMB said in a memorandum released Thursday DoD’s Transportation Command will oversee the contract vehicle as part of OMB’s category management approach in an effort to advance demand management practices and whittle down the number of contract vehicles.

Chief procurement executives at agencies should draft and submit transition plans for the adoption of the governmentwide contract to the category manager for transportation and logistics services by Sept. 1.

OMB said it expects the implementation of the contract vehicle to result in $36 million in savings and a 95 percent reduction in contracts by 2019.

Agencies that will opt out of the contract platform should submit their justification to OMB and category manager six months before task orders are issued and options are exercised, the memo added.

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