Public Health Emergencies Program

When a federal Public Health Emergency (PHE) is declared, state, local, tribal, and territorial governments can benefit from GSA Schedules’ speed, savings, and ease of use.

Under the GSA PHE program, these non-federal entities are authorized to buy from all Schedules when spending federal grants funds in direct response to PHEs. This authorization was granted by the GSA Administrator in conjunction with the Secretary of Health and Human Services, under section 319 of the Public Health Services Act, codified at 42 U.S.C. § 247d.

Purchasing Limitations

Only state, local, tribal, and territorial governments receiving grant funds in direct response to a PHE can access Schedules under this program.

When purchasing from Schedules, state, local, tribal, and territorial governments should follow the ordering and competitive procedures that meet their own procurement regulations, and any requirements stipulated in the grant funding.

Participation

Participation is voluntary for state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, as well as Schedule contractors.

Required Ordering Language

Include the following language on all task or delivery orders placed by state, local, tribal, and territorial governments under this authority:

“This order is placed under Federal Supply Schedule number <Insert Number Here> according to GSA policy that authorizes state, local, territorial, and tribal governments, as authorized users for purchasing goods and services, when expending federal grant funds in response to Public Health Emergencies (PHEs) declared by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, under section 319 of the Public Health Services Act.”

FAQs are also available for the following areas of interest to customer agencies and industry partners:

For more information on how to order from GSA Schedule, please view the Schedule buyers section.

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