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PSC Acquisition News


First Quarter, Fiscal Year 2017, Issue 1

Service Director’s Corner


Earl Pinto, Director,
PSC Acquisition Management Services

Category Management – Changing the Way Market Research Is Conducted

What is Category Management?

A strategic approach that enables the Federal Government to buy smarter and more like a single enterprise. It involves managing large categories of procurement spend that are comprised of ten commonly purchased products and services across federal agencies.

How does it benefit you?

It is a valuable tool to be used in conducting market research. Category management better utilizes taxpayer dollars by eliminating redundancies, increasing efficiency, and delivering more value and savings throughout the acquisition lifecycle.

What products and services are available under Category Management?

  • Information Technology (IT)
  • Facilities and Construction
  • Industrial Products and Services
  • Medical
  • Professional Services
  • Security and Protection
  • Transportation and Logistics Services
  • Office Management
  • Travel and Lodging
  • Human Capital

Additional information on Category management can be found at

New Fiscal Year 2017 Acquisition Deadlines

To ensure timely awards by Fiscal Year end, the Acquisition Management Service has established the following Fiscal Year 2017 deadlines for receipt of properly completed and approved acquisition requirements package:

March 17, 2017 – All Competitive Contracts with a total value estimated at $5,000,000 or more (inclusive of options)
April 7, 2017 – All Competitive Contracts with a total value estimated under $5,000,000 (inclusive of options)
June 2, 2017 – All Competitive Task/Delivery Orders.
June 16, 2017 – All Non-Competitive Contracts, Non-competitive Task/Delivery Orders and Modifications
July 7, 2017 – Simplified Acquisitions estimated between $25,001 and $150,000 (including all options)
July 14, 2017 – Contract Options that need to be exercised by September 30 (assumes a 60-day notice period)
August 11, 2017 – Simplified Acquisitions estimated between $3,501 and $25,000 (including all options)
September 1, 2017 – Micro-purchases of $3,500 or less which cannot be bought using a purchase card