OMB mandates hallway for packages

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Federal agencies must now use the contract on the General Services Administration's Acquisition Gateway for all package shipping, according to a July 27 Office of Management and Budget memo.

The new policy applies to all small packages sent via global air and ground, OMB said. The policy, which is effective immediately, uses GSA’s Transportation and Logistics Services hallway to help reduce the number of shipping contracts across the federal government.

The hallway is managed by the Defense Department's U.S. Transportation Command, which handles a portfolio of domestic and international transportation solutions, OMB said.

The Transportation Command is one of 10 category managers tapped by OMB to oversee the most common federal nondefense spending categories. There are 19 hallways in all, including six for IT.

Agencies must transition to the contract by Oct. 1. Chief acquisition officers and senior procurement executives are required to develop their transition plans and submit them to the Transportation and Logistics Services category manager by Sept. 1.

OMB said the move will cut down on the proliferation of individual air and package shipping contracts at federal agencies. The government spends over $358 million for domestic and international package delivery services, with nearly 90 percent going to just three vendors, according to OMB. Furthermore, the existence of 100 separate federal contracts, which all have different requirements and pricing, means the government has not been able to capitalize on its buying power.

About the Author

Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.

Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, tele.com magazine and Wireless Week.

Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.

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