DATE: January 23, 2020

SUBJECT: Expiration of GSA’s FAR 51 Deviation

TO: HCAs/Procurement Directors/Contracting Officers
FROM: Director, Contract and Financial Assistance Policy Division, Office of Policy, Office of Acquisition Management


The longstanding General Services Administration (GSA) class deviation to FAR part 51 expired on October 23, 2019 and may not be used on orders placed after this date (but may continue to be used on orders issued prior to the expiration date throughout the life of the order, including any options.)

The deviation allowed Contracting Officers to authorize all GSA contractors performing on a Time & Material or Labor Hour basis to purchase ancillary supplies and services from Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) contractors.

GSA has indicated that agencies may now use Order Level Material (OLM) procedures ( to acquire other direct costs and material support items to meet the requirements of a specific order.

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