Army lowers bar for using Small Computer Program

Army procurement officers looking to buy IT services, hardware or software costing more than $25,000 must first look at making the purchase from the Army Small Computer Program.

The Army, looking to draw more customers, recently lowered the $100,000 IT services and hardware threshold to $25,000.

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,' Col. Thomas H. Hogan, program manager for enterprise infostructure, said recently during the Army Small Computer Program's conference in Hershey, Pa.

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

Buying power

'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, she said.

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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