OMB updates HSPD-12 procurement guidance

Agencies have until Aug. 30 to tell the General Services Administration's Federal Acquisition Service if they will need assisted services to comply with Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12.

Agencies would have to sign an interagency agreement with FAS, which became official last April, by Aug. 30 in order to have enough time for GSA to help them buy services that meet the Oct. 27 mandate. For products, agencies have until Sept. 22 to sign an agreement with FAS.

These dates are a part of an updated memo issued earlier this month by the Office of Management and Budget, which gives agencies guidance to buy products and services to comply with HSPD-12.

The memo said 49 vendors have enrolled in GSA's interoperability testing program. Of those 49 contractors, 29 have initiated the application process for one or more products or services for a total of 109 products or services GSA is evaluating.

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