GSA suspends new IT leasing

Beginning Friday, agencies no longer will be able to place new orders to lease IT equipment from vendors through the General Services Administration's Federal Supply Service schedules. GSA earlier this week announced the policy in a letter to vendors.

The policy does not affect existing leases, and FSS officials may approve leases on a case-by-case basis under blanket purchasing agreements, according to a GSA spokeswoman.

GSA suspended new leases because industry and FSS officials could not agree on new terms, the spokeswoman said. The agency believes this is a temporary situation and hopes to keep leasing as an option in the future, the spokeswoman added.

Representatives from several companies are meeting with GSA to address the issue. An official from GTSI Corp. of Chantilly, Va., who asked not to be named, said such a policy has never been implemented before.

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