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GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service Seeks Input on Section 876 Authority Implementation

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The General Services Administration’s (GSA) Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) is requesting feedback to inform how it will implement an authority in the fiscal year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act that will evaluate price only at the task order level to improve competition.

Mark Lee, assistant commissioner of the office of policy and compliance at FAS, wrote in a blog posted Tuesday the ASTRO contract vehicle will be the first procurement effort to use the Section 876 authority and “an assisted acquisition on behalf of the Department of Defense.”

GSA issued in late August a solicitation for the ASTRO contract to research, develop, maintain and support manned, optionally manned and unmanned systems and robotics.

Comments on the advance notice of proposed rulemaking for the implementation of Section 876 are due Sept. 19.