Price threshold lowered for Army computer buys

HERSHEY, PA. - If you are in the Army and in the market for IT services, hardware or software costing more than $25,000, you must first look at the Army Small Computer Program for your best deal.

Next month, the Army will lower a previous $100,000 IT services and hardware threshold to $25,000 to lure more Army customers to the ASCP buying vehicle.

Army officials believe it will ultimately save time and money and centralize the management of IT purchases.

"Come to us first. We'll give you the best purchase price," said Col. Thomas H. Hogan, program manager for enterprise infostructure, during yesterday's Army Small Computer Program's annual IT conference.

If the program can't offer the best price, users can apply for a waiver to purchase the products elsewhere, added Linda Cook, product leader for the Army Business Initiative Council.

"It gives us visibility into what it is you need that we don't have," Cook said. "We're leveraging the enterprise purchasing of the Army through the Army Small Computer Program."

In fiscal 2003, through the ASCP buying vehicle, the Army realized a $62.3 million savings over other buying vehicles, Cook added.

ASCP offers IT hardware, software, peripherals, networking and infrastructure support services to the Army, Defense Department, other federal agencies and foreign military partners.

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