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If you're with state or local government, here's a partial list of programs GSA offers your agency: Computers for Learning, Surplus Personal Property Donations, Disaster Recovery Purchasing, Wildland Fire Remediation,  IT Products, Law Enforcement and Security Products, and Cooperative Purchasing.

 
Information on these programs is available on the GSA website here: http://go.usa.gov/X74
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Bruce Kelly
<p>Keith, sorry for the delay. &nbsp;<span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">The Trade Agreements Act allows the federal government to procure non domestic products and services. &nbsp;The terms and conditions concerning the trade agreements act can be found in subpart 25.4 of the Federal Acquisition Regulations.</span></p><div dir="ltr" style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><div>&nbsp;</div><div><h2 style="color: rgb(166, 7, 19); font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Trade Agreements Act</h2><p style="line-height: 18px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">The current threshold for the applicability of the Trade Agreements Act (for a supply or service contract) is $203,000. The U.S. Trade Representative revises this threshold approximately every two years (refer to FAR 25.402(b)). GSA applies the threshold on a Schedule-wide basis, and therefore the Trade Agreements Act applies to all Schedule contracts and orders. All Schedule products and services must come from the U.S. or a designated country.</p><p style="line-height: 18px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Sometimes an item consists of components from various countries, and the components are assembled in an additional country. It can be difficult to determine which country is the &ldquo;country of origin.&rdquo; The trade agreements test to determine country of origin is &ldquo;substantial transformation&rdquo; (e.g., transforming an article into a new and different article of commerce, with a name, character, or use distinct from the original article) (refer to FAR 25.001(c)).</p><p style="line-height: 18px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">The responsibility for making a determination of substantial transformation rests solely with the contractor. The contractor can go to The Office of Regulations and Rulings within U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which is the Federal agency responsible for making substantial transformation determinations or giving their opinions. Their determinations or opinions are based upon tariff laws. The contractor may also request an opinion from a third party expert or make the determination on their own.</p></div></div>
Keith Gilabert
<p>Under Schedule 70 do you accept products that are not domestic?</p>
JBLOCK
<p>It&#39;s possible that they are required to buy through Nebraska&#39;s state contract, which is why they&#39;re not buying off your Schedule 84.&nbsp; If you have a POC, I&#39;d call them and see if that&#39;s what&#39;s prohibiting them from buying off your Schedule 84.&nbsp; If that&#39;s not the issue, I&#39;d send them the Cooperative Purchasing clause from your contract, so they can see it&#39;s allowed.&nbsp; Cooperative Purchasing is fairly new under the Schedule 84, so it&#39;s possible they don&#39;t know they can use it.&nbsp; For years, states could only use the Schedule 70.</p>
hawkeye
<p>Hello - we currently have a Schedule 84 contract.&nbsp; My boss has said we need to get onto 70 because as security systems become more technical more IT departments are in charge of purchasing them, and he claims many IT departments are allowed to buy from 70 but not 84.&nbsp; Is this accurate, or just possibly a Nebraska state policy?&nbsp; It doesn&#39;t seem right to me; I would think if a department is authorized to buy using cooperative purchasing they would be able to buy from both schedules.</p><p>Any information would be appreciated - thanks!</p>
ConsultU
<p>GSA schedule contracts are based off of what fits under that particular schedule. Security Systems do not fit under IT 70. Government agencies can order from any schedule. If the product is listed on GSA Advantage then it is available to any agency. State and Local government can order from schedules that have Cooperative Purchasing (IT 70 and 84 both fall under that). Personally I would review the IT 70 schedule and if you have products or services that fall under that particular schedule then go for it. However, if you do not then don&#39;t put in the effort. You will not get awarded a contract if the products/services do not fit under that schedule.&nbsp;</p><p>I hope this information has helped.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>
Henry McGuigan
<p>&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:.2in;margin-left:0in; line-height:14.25pt;background:white"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; ">Sir/Ma&#39;am, thank you for reaching out to us. We definitely understand that there can be some overlap in the product offerings of a Schedule 84 and 70 holder. Unfortunately, that is not our area of expertise. To assist you, I have attached a Point of Contacts for GSA Schedule 70 that should be able to assist you with any and all questions you may have. If you have any issues making contact with the Schedule 70 team, please don&rsquo;t hesitate to contact us again and we will do whatever we can to assist you. Thanks so much!<br />V/R,<o:p></o:p></span></p><p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0.2in; margin-left: 0in; line-height: 14.25pt; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: white; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; "><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; ">Henry McGuigan</span><br />GSA REGION 3 PROPERTY STAFF<br />215-446-5052</p><p>Shcedule 70 POC info -&nbsp;</p><p>Email:&nbsp;IT.Center@gsa.gov</p><p>Phone: 1-877-446-IT70 (4870)</p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal; ">GWENDOLYN N. DIXON&nbsp;</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal; text-align: left; " /><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal; text-align: left; ">Phone:&nbsp;</span><a href="tel:+17036052682" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 204); font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal; text-align: left; " target="_blank" title="Call Now">703-605-2682</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal; text-align: left; ">&nbsp;</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal; text-align: left; " /><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal; text-align: left; ">E-Mail:&nbsp;</span><a href="mailto:gwen.dixon@gsa.gov" style="color: rgb(54, 68, 82); font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal; text-align: left; " target="_blank">gwen.dixon@gsa.gov</a></p>
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