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Priorities of Use of Government Supply Sources

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Standard Priorities of Use of Government Supply Sources

FAR 8, establishes priorities of use of government supply and service sources to satisfy ordering activity requirements.

8.002 Priorities for use of mandatory Government sources


  • Inventories of the requiring
  • Excess from other agencies
  • Federal Prison Industries, Inc.
  • Supplies on the Procurement List maintained by the Committee for Purchase from People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled
  • Wholesales supply sources


  • Services on the Procurement List maintained by the Committee for Purchase from People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled

8.003 Use of other mandatory sources

Agencies shall satisfy requirements for the following supplies/services from specified sources, as applicable:

  • Public utility services
  • Printing and related supplies
  • Leased motor vehicles
  • Strategic and critical materials
  • Helium

8.004 Use of other sources

If you are unable to satisfy your requirement through one of the mandatory sources then you are encouraged to consider using non– mandatory vehicles, including:


  • Federal Supply Schedules, Governmentwide acquisition contracts, multi–contracts, and other vehicles intended for use by multiple agencies


  • Federal Prison Industries, Inc.
  • Multi–agency contract vehicles as considered for supply acquisitions

VA Specific Priorities of Use of Government Supply Sources

This section applies to purchases and BPAs made by VA ordering activities only.

VAAR 808.002, Priorities of use of Government supply sources, includes sources specific to VA ordering activities.

  1. Agency Inventory (Supply Fund Stock & VA Excess)
  2. Other Agency Excess
  3. Federal Prison Industries
  4. AbilityOne (if product is on the procurement list)
  5. Wholesale Supply Sources
  6. National Committed Use Contracts (awarded by the NAC but not associated with a VA FSS Contract
  7. Mandatory VA FSS Contracts (FSC 65 & 66)
    1. National BPAs
    2. Multi/Single VISN BPAs
    3. FSS Contracts without a BPA
  8. Optional Use VA FSS Contracts (FSC 621I)
  9. IDIQ contracts for supplies not covered by national committed use contracts or FSS contracts
    1. VISN/Regional IDIQs
    2. Local IDIQs
  10. Open Market Purchases and Commercial Sources

VA ordering activities are required to comply with the Open Market Waiver Request Process if purchasing items that are available under FSC 65/66 from the open market.