GSA Seeks Input on Changes to GSAR, FTR, FMR, and FPMR

In accordance with Executive Order 13777, Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda, the General Services Administration is seeking input on repealing, replacing, and modifying its acquisition regulations, policies, standards, business practices, and guidance.

GSA is also seeking input on GSA travel, management, property management, and leasing regulations that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification.

GSA issued the notices pursuant to section 3 of E.O. 13777, which directs agencies to establish a Regulatory Reform Task Force to evaluate existing regulations and “make recommendations to the agency head regarding their repeal, replacement, or modification.”

The task forces are instructed to identify regulations that eliminate jobs or inhibit job creation; are outdated, unnecessary, or ineffective; impose costs that exceed benefits; create a serious inconsistency or otherwise interfere with regulatory reform initiatives and policies; or derive from EOs or other presidential directives that have been rescinded or substantially modified.

With respect to the GSAR, GSA is particularly interested in comments on evergreen contracting, price adjustments, catalogs, and requirements relating to utilities, construction, and facilities.

GSA also encourages comments on the recent Transactional Data Reporting final rule, which is in a pilot stage, the Price Reductions Clause (GSAR 552.238-75), and the Commercial Sales Practice format.

Comments, which are due July 31, 2017, should be as specific as possible and include supporting data. For the text of the requests for comments, see 82 FR 24651 through 82 FR 24653.

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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