Feds change buying rules

The government Oct. 1 released seven new procurement rules.

Among them was a proposed rule authorizing governmentwide use of share-in-savings contracts for information technology. (See story, page 18.)

Other rules:

  • The Defense Department must use performance-based contracts when buying services. This is an interim rule. Comments are due Dec. 1.

  • A final rule simplifies procurement procedures for products or services used to defend or recover from terrorism or nuclear, biological, chemical or radiological attack.

  • A final rule requires contractors to notify agency contracting officers if the government overpays. The rule goes into effect Oct. 31.

  • Contractors are now required to register in the Central Contractor Registration database before being eligible for an award.

  • Under an interim rule, agencies must assign a unique identifier for every transaction reported to the Federal Procurement Data System.

  • The FedBizOpps Web site is now the governmentwide point of entry for all contracts worth more than $25,000.

For more details on these procurement changes, go to www.washingtontechnology.com and type 120 in the Quickfind box.

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