Office of Procurement, Acquisition and Logistics (OPAL)
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Open Market: Items for sale which are not available for purchase from a government contract vehicle, including FSS, BPA, CTA, GWAC, etc. Open market items are also known as incidental items, noncontract items, non-Schedule items, and items not on a GSA Schedule contract.
For administrative convenience, FAR 8.402(f) allows ordering activities to add open market line items to a VA FSS task/delivery order or BPA if
- All applicable acquisition regulations pertaining to the purchase of items not on the Schedule contract have been followed, including
- The ordering activity has made a fair and reasonable pricing determination
- The items are clearly labeled on the order as open market items
- All clauses applicable to open market items are included in the order