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GSA Final Rule to Allow Order-Level Materials Procurement Via Multiple Award Schedule

The General Services Administration has released a final rule that would authorize agencies to buy order-level materials through the Multiple Award Schedule program or blanket purchase agreements.

GSA said in a Federal Register notice published Wednesday OLMs are services or supplies procured in support of a task order that are not determined at the time of the contract award.

The agency said the rule seeks to achieve uniformity between the MAS program and other indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts when it comes to OLM procurement as well as reduce contract duplication and related administration costs.

Contractors would be required to submit three quotes for each OLM above the procurement threshold for evaluation by contracting officers under the new rule.

The policy also requires contracting officers to determine that OLM-related indirect costs are fair and reasonable and exempts travel OLMs from certain requirements.

The final rule took effect Wednesday and came more than a year after GSA proposed the regulation.

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