Agencies aren’t consistently seeking discounts when procuring goods and services off the Federal Supply Schedules, says a Government Accountability Office report released Aug. 10.
The Federal Supply Schedules, or FSS, program allows agencies to buy commercial products and services from a list of approved vendors at discounted prices.
According to the General Services Administration, agencies placed more than $33 billion worth of orders through the FSS program in fiscal year 2014. The FSS portion of total federal contract spending represents about 6 percent of contract spending governmentwide, the report says.
That said, agencies should be pushing for discounts even further than those provided by the base FSS prices, GAO says.
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