“The General Services Administration plans to remove a special contract category for agencies’ purchase of used or refurbished technology during its ongoing schedules consolidation.”
“The problem with the category — which GSA refers to as a special item number or SIN — for reselling tech is twofold. Fraudsters are impersonating agencies placing IT orders, spoofing small businesses into sending used hardware to empty warehouses where the equipment is intercepted and sold on the black market without the bill ever being paid.”
“There have also been cases where the used or refurbished tech, although sold properly through the category, is counterfeit or has been altered in some way that doesn’t meet government standards, leaving agencies open to supply chain risks…”
“GSA is currently consolidating 24 of its Multiple Award Schedules into one by Oct. 1, and an ongoing request for information seeks industry feedback on supply and service large categories, subcategories and SINs that the forthcoming solicitation will be divided into…” Read the full article here.
Source: GSA ‘controversially’ removing refurbished technology SIN during schedules consolidation – By Dave Nyczepir, August 21, 2019. FedScoop.