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OMB Directs Agencies to 3 Contracts for Desktop/Laptop Purchases

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On Friday, October 16, 2015, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a directive that limits how federal buyers purchase laptops and desktops. There are 3 key goals to the directive: 1) standardize laptop/desktop configurations for common requirements; 2) consolidate the acquisition strategy by limiting the contracts that can be used to purchase laptops and desktops; and 3) control demand management process.

OMB Approved Contracts for Desktop/Laptop Purchases

Effective immediately, all federal civilian agencies must use one of the three contracts below for desktop/laptop purchases:

  1. General Services Administration (GSA) IT Schedule 70OMB Issues Purchasing Directive for Desktops and Laptops
  2. NASA Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP)
  3. Department ofHealth and Human Services (HHS), National Institutes of Health
    (NIH), NITAAC Chieflnformation Officer-Commodities and Solutions (CIO-CS)

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