Procurement

GSA looks to trim Microsoft product costs

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In an effort to streamline the purchase of Microsoft products, the General Services Administration has released a request for proposals using standardized terms and conditions that can be used across multiple agencies.

This Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative, called SmartBUY Large Publisher, is aimed at reducing what government pays the software giant and shaving the amount of time agencies spend on acquisition by relying on pre-set pricing and ready-to-use products and services.

"GSA is committed to working collaboratively with our partners at Microsoft resellers to reduce multiple contracts into a single set of agreements to save money and streamline the purchasing process for government agencies," Federal Acquisition Service Commissioner Tom Sharpe said in a statement.

GSA offered a similar blanket purchase agreement earlier this year for wireless services with four large carriers.

GSA predicts the Microsoft BPA will save 15-20 percent on commercial software, from an annual budget of about $6 billion.

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Reid Davenport is an FCW editorial fellow. Connect with him on Twitter: @ReidDavenport.

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Reader comments

Mon, Nov 25, 2013

Imagine the savings if the government moved to open source solutions.

Fri, Nov 22, 2013 Owen Ambur Silver Spring, MD

It would be good to know how this agreement will address the direction set forth in the Executive Order making openness and machine-readability the default for government information.

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