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GSA Publishes New Final Rule Addressing Commercial Supplier Agreement (CSA) Terms

February 22, 2018

Avoiding Inconsistencies between Commercial and Federal Law Mitigates Government Risk, Reduces Cost for Industry Partners​

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has issued a final General Services Acquisition Regulation (GSAR) rule to address common Commercial Supplier Agreement (CSA) terms and conditions, also known as End User License Agreements (EULAs), that are inconsistent with federal law. This rule mitigates risk for our federal agency customers, reduces proposal and administrative costs for our industry partners, and helps expedite the contract review process for GSA contracting officers.

This change is part of GSA’s effort to better meet stakeholder needs. Allowing GSA to incorporate terms into its contracts, such as Multiple Award Schedules, to uniformly counteract the common conflicting commercial CSA terms drastically and immediately reduces risk to the government.

Alan Thomas, GSA Commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service:

“The final CSA rule marks another step forward in GSA’s continued efforts to modernize and transform the FAS acquisition vehicles in line with market forces. Addressing CSAs is good for government, industry and taxpayers. This much-needed change mitigates the risk imposed to federal agencies and helps streamline the acquisition process for our industry partners. GSA looks forward to continuing to work with our agency and industry partners through implementation to ensure a seamless transition.”

Jeffrey Koses, GSA’s Senior Procurement Executive:

“The CSA rule is a good example of the rule-making process working. We engaged with industry early, drafted a proposed rule to solve a real problem, and obtained very good responses. GSA carefully considered the comments received and adopted many of them. This helped us to write a better final rule. We’re especially pleased that the final rule eliminates non-value added activities, reduces administrative costs for both agencies and industry, and makes it easier to bring new technology to the federal marketplace.”

The final rule is available to view today on the Federal Register.

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