GSA Proposes Expansion of Groups Eligible to Purchase from FSS

The General Services Administration today issued a proposed rule that would provide increased access to GSA’s Federal Supply Schedules.

The rule would implement a number of statutory provisions to provide increased FSS access to:

  • the American National Red Cross;
  • other qualified organizations, including National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster; and
  • state and local governments.

The GSA acquisition regulation currently authorizes state or local governments to use Schedules for certain goods and services to be used to facilitate disaster preparedness or response, but the proposed rule would allow state or local governments to use the Schedules to facilitate recovery from a disaster or attack.

The current version of the GSAR also allows state and local government to place orders against Schedule 70 contracts, Consolidated Schedule contracts containing information technology Special Item Numbers, and Schedule 84 contracts, if the contractor elects to accept these types of orders.

Comments on the rule referencing GSAR Case 2010-G511 are due June 16, 2014.

About William Van Huis

Bill Van Huis is a Senior Writer/Analyst for Wolters Kluwer Law & Business who tracks and analyzes new regulations impacting federal government contracting. He also follows court decisions involving bid protests and contract disputes. You can find his work in WK publications like Government Contract Reports and the FAR and DFARS Matrix Tools. Bill is a Certified Professional Contracts Manager, and he has a law degree from Southern Illinois University, where he graduated summa cum laude. Prior to joining WK, Bill worked both inside and outside state and local government in the areas of procurement and municipal finance. Bill also worked as a staff attorney for the Illinois Supreme Court.
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2 Responses to GSA Proposes Expansion of Groups Eligible to Purchase from FSS

  1. Guest says:

    Do you read the proposed rule change to apply also to items on the VA’s Federal Supply Schedule?

    • Great question. Unfortunately, the rule does not specifically address whether the changes apply to the FSS functions GSA delegated to the VA. However, the background section of the rule states “GSA is issuing a proposed rule amending Parts 511, 538, and 552 of the GSAR to implement a number of statutory provisions to provide increased access to GSA’s Schedules ….” If you submit a comment on the rule requesting that GSA address the issue (comments are due June 16), GSA should provide a clear answer.

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