Federal Supply Service: A Direction for the Future

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General Services Administration], Federal Supply Service, 1979 - 68 pages

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Page 39 - GSA enters into contracts with commercial firms to provide supplies and services at stated prices for given periods of time.
Page 49 - Department of Commerce; Department of Defense; Department of Health, Education, and Welfare; Department of the Interior; Department of Transportation; National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Page 52 - October 27, l972, which amended the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of l949, as amended (40 USC...
Page 40 - Strengthen the posture of GSA as a primary supplier of products to Federal agencies.
Page 40 - Without a fundamental change in its philosophy, GSA management will be unable to correct the current situation.
Page 39 - The purpose of the multiple award program is to (l) decrease agency open market purchases by offering a wide selection of commercial products at prices lower than available through open market purchases and (2) make commercial items available when it is impractical to draft adequate descriptions for bids.
Page 41 - Define overall management responsibility for the multiple award schedule program. Improve training of contracting officers. Refine existing management information systems to provide better data by product. Increase the emphasis on its audits of vendors.
Page 39 - Under the multiple award program, a number of commercial firms are awarded indefinite quantity contracts for a particular product category. Prices are based on a negotiated minimum discount from the vendor's commercial prices.
Page 40 - There is no assurance that suppliers offer items at prices that reflect the Government's volume purchases.
Page 40 - GAO recommends that the Administrator of General Services take the following actions: Reconsider GSA's service-oriented approach of trying to satisfy the unique needs of Federal agencies.

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