By Feb. 1, all but five unmanned aerial vehicles will be removed from the General Services Administration’s offerings.
The General Services Administration — the federal government’s central buyer — will no longer include drones in its suite of offerings, except those previously approved by a small innovation unit inside the Defense Department.
Citing the threat of Chinese manufacturers, GSA officials announced Tuesday the agency will be canceling contracts offering drones from all but five suppliers on the Multiple Award Schedules, the set of pre-vetted contracts that offer everything from paper clips to helicopters to data centers.
“GSA is removing all identified drones that are not approved through the [Defense Innovation Unit’s] Blue sUAS program from MAS contracts,” a GSA spokesperson told Nextgov. “Affected vendors will be notified by their contracting officer and only the identified drones will be removed from their MAS contract.”