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Interim Rule Adds IT Security Provisions to GSAR

An interim rule issued by the General Services Administration amends the GSA Acquisition Regulation to implement policy and guidelines for contracts and orders that include information technology supplies, services, and systems with security requirements. The rule, which creates new GASR Part 539, Acquisition of Information Technology, was issued in response to a GSA Office of the Inspector General recommendation to strengthen the requirements in contracts and orders for information technology supplies, services, and systems. The new part consists of GSAR Subpart 539.70.

New Subpart

Under GSAR 539.7000, Scope of subpart, the new provisions apply to acquisitions of IT supplies, services, and systems not in support of national security systems. New GSAR 539.7001, Policy, discusses the need for GSA to provide IT security, security clearances, including security requirements in solicitation documents, and a GSA IT security procedural guide (http://www.gsa.gov/portal/category/25690). Finally, new GSAR 539.7002 prescribes a new solicitation provision, GSAR 552.239-70, and a new contract clause, GSAR 552.239-71. Comments referencing GSAR Case 2011-G503 are due August 15, 2011. The effective date of the interim rule is June 15, 2011, and it applies to contracts and orders awarded after the effective date that include IT supplies, services, and systems with security requirements. For the text of the rule, see 70,030.154.




(The news featured above is a selection from the news covered in the Government Contracts Report Letter, which is published weekly and distributed to subscribers of the Government Contracts Reporter. )


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