Open Market Items

In accordance with FAR 8.402(f), for administrative convenience, an ordering activity Contracting Officer may add items not on the GSA Schedule contract – e.g., open market items – to a GSA Schedule BPA or an individual task or delivery order only if:

It is important to recognize that GSA has only negotiated prices or determined prices to be fair and reasonable for those supplies and services that are awarded to Schedule contracts. Therefore, the ordering activity must comply with the requirements for full and open competition, by following all applicable acquisition regulations and determining price reasonableness for open market items.

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The terms and conditions of the Schedule contract do not apply to open market items and all contract clauses applicable to such items must be included in the order.
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Orders with cost-type pricing arrangements as described per FAR Subpart 16.3 are NOT allowed under Schedules!