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Interact post to update on new Puerto Rico Eligibility

The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is now authorized to purchase via Federal Supply Schedules. Pursuant to Public Law No: 114-187, which was signed into law on June 30, 2016, GSA has authorized the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico as an eligible ordering activity under all GSA Federal Supply Schedules (FSS) contracts. This authority is not limited in scope.  Puerto Rico may utilize FSS contracts to purchase products and services in support of their everyday mission needs.  GSA Order ADM 4800.2H, has been updated to incorporate this new authorized ordering activity.  

 

This new authority does not require a modification to your existing GSA Schedule contract and is effective immediately. GSAM 552.238-78  Scope of Contract (Eligible Ordering Activities) (SEP 2008) or (Alternate I -- FEB 2007) is incorporated in all FSS contracts. Paragraph (a) (8) of this clause authorizes GSA to add organizations to the eligible list of ordering activities, pursuant to statute or regulation. Since GSA has authorized this new ordering activity pursuant to the statute, no contract modification is needed for these new organizations to be eligible ordering activities under the contract. GSA FSS contractors are reminded that although these new ordering activities are eligible to place orders under the contract, this does not obligate the GSA FSS contractor to accept orders from these activities (See GSAM 552.238-78 (f)).

 

Text of Bill for Reference:

H.R. 5278

SEC. 406. PURCHASES BY TERRITORY GOVERNMENTS. 21 The text of section 302 of the Omnibus Insular Areas 22 Act of 1992 (48 U.S.C. 1469e), is amended to read as 23 follows: ‘‘The Governments of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of 25 the Northern Mariana Islands, and the United States Virgin Islands are authorized to make purchases through the General Services Administration.’’

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