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FAR 51 Deviation - A Tool to Help You Achieve a Total Solution

To better meet the needs of GSA’s customer agencies, a deviation to FAR Part 51.1 has been approved to expand the authority of contractors to use GSA sources of supply placed on a time-and-materials (T&M)/labor-hour (LH) basis. Federal Government contracting officers have been authorized to give all GSA contractors access to the Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) and GSA Global Supply Programs when deemed appropriate for fulfillment of their agency requirements. Please note that the FSS Program is inclusive of those Schedules managed by the Department of Veterans Affairs. This is one of many important acquisition flexibilities contained within the MAS program to arrive at a total solution.

The updated ordering guide explains the features and benefits of the FAR 51 deviation to both our customers and the contractor community. The revised ordering guide is completely web-based to allow the user to quickly link to references and citations throughout the guide. In addition, the guide contains a process map that displays the interactions involved for each participant and provides an explanation of steps.

Visit http://www.gsa.gov/far51deviation to find out how the FAR 51 deviation can benefit you.

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