Changes coming for Postal procurement

Federal Register: U.S. Postal Service final rule

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New procurement rules at the U.S. Postal Service will go into effect May 19, replacing previous rules and affecting all future contracts, according to an announcement today in the Federal Register.

USPS officials say they received permission from the agency's Board of Governors to revise procurement regulations and allow corporate-style purchasing decisions.

The new regulations will permit USPS officials to pursue best-value acquisitions and to use supply-chain management, an approach in which corporation executives typically select a limited number of preferred suppliers to receive the bulk of their purchasing dollars.

The regulations apply to purchases of property, goods and services.

They also create a new position of ombudsman to help suppliers settle any disagreements they cannot resolve with USPS contracting officers and management officials.

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