GSA proposal would open FSS schedule

The General Services Administration yesterday proposed to let state and local governments buy from the Federal Supply Service IT schedule.

GSA published the regulations with a request for comments in the Federal Register.

Comments are due by March 24. GSA plans to hold a public meeting to discuss the proposed rule Feb. 4 in Washington.

Congress extended the use of the IT schedule to state and local governments in Section 211 of the E-Government Act of 2002, which allows for cooperative purchasing.

The proposed rule covers:

  • the scope of cooperative purchasing

  • the terms of the contracts

  • which government entities can use the schedule.

  • GSA wants state and local governments to draw up a new contract when a schedule vendor accepts an order. The new contract would include many of the same terms already included in the schedule contracts, and buyers would not be allowed to place additional requirements on the contractors.

    The contract also would include any reference to a state's prompt payment law, or if there is not one, the federal law would take effect.

    Vendor schedule prices would include GSA's 1 percent administrative fee.

    GSA expects all 50 states, 3,139 counties, 19,365 incorporated municipalities, 14,178 school districts, 550 Native American tribal governments and many others to be eligible to buy from the schedule.

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