ADP Equipment:

Revised GSA Strategy for Microcomputer Purchases Can Improve Competition

IMTEC-86-20: Published: May 15, 1986. Publicly Released: May 15, 1986.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the federal government's use of Office of Technology Plus (OTP) computer stores to: (1) investigate the desirability and feasibility of using one or more service contracts to provide federal users with the same types of services OTP offers; and (2) determine whether government microcomputer efforts should be revised relative to the present OTP procurement strategy.

GAO determined that: (1) it is not desirable to use service contracts to provide the same types of services that OTP offers because of the potential increase in administrative costs to the agencies; and (2) agencies have an incentive to use OTP even though other procurement sources could potentially meet their needs at a lower cost. GAO believes that the government's objective of satisfying its automatic data processing (ADP) requirements through full and open competition could be enhanced if it revises its strategy for procuring microcomputer products and services by: (1) creating a procurement method that would increase the ability of retailers to compete with OTP, which would increase competition on about $22 million in microcomputer procurements; and (2) lowering the OTP maximum order limitation from $100,000 to $50,000, which would increase competition on about $9 million in microcomputer procurements.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: On June 19, 1986, the General Services Administration (GSA) synopsized a Sources Sought Announcement in the Commerce Business Daily (CBD) to ascertain retailer interest in participation in a Retail Multiple Award Schedule (RMAS). GAO believes that the GSA decision to not establish a RMAS is justified. As a result, GAO plans to drop this recommendation.

    Recommendation: The Administrator of General Services should establish a multiple-award schedule to provide responsible microcomputer retailers an opportunity to compete for the government's business.

    Agency Affected: General Services Administration

  2. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: GSA stated in its May 15, 1986, amendment to the OTP solicitation that the cumulative value of any single delivery order placed against this contract may not exceed $50,000 without prior synopsis in CBD.

    Recommendation: The Administrator of General Services should lower the OTP maximum order limitation from $100,000 to $50,000.

    Agency Affected: General Services Administration

  3. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: GSA amended the OTP solicitation document on May 15, 1986 and added a paragraph to notify vendors that a pilot project would be initiated to evaluate the feasibility of establishing a RMAS in the Washington, D.C. area.

    Recommendation: The Administrator of General Services should amend the solicitation document for the recompetition of the OTP operation to notify vendors of GSA intentions to establish a retail store schedule.

    Agency Affected: General Services Administration

 

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