FAR Amendment Simplifies Req’s for IT Purchases Under GSA Contract Vehicles

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The Department of Defense, General Services Administration and NASA issued a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation to reduce agency burdens when leveraging GSA’s contract vehicles for information technology procurements. GSA said in a statement dated July 9th that agencies aren’t required to justify the use of the best procurement approach when issuing orders under GSA vehicles or governmentwide acquisition programs such as IT Schedule 70, STARS 2 and Alliant 2.

The agency noted that the new rule will help agencies rapidly acquire IT capabilities while also simplifying end-of-year IT spending activities. GSA’s procurement vehicles support 98 percent of agencies and account for over $24 billion in federal IT purchases every year.

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