The GSA Commercial Solutions Opening (CSO) is a non- FAR based solicitation authority for acquiring innovative and commercial solutions. Section 880 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2017 (Pub. L. 114-328) authorized GSA to implement a pilot program to competitively procure innovative commercial items, technologies, and services using CSO procedures. CSO is new acquisition mechanism that provides a streamlined acquisition process and simplified contract terms that is designed to attract start-up companies and others who have not previously worked with U.S. Government.
The GSA FEDSIM innovation team will use the CSO procedures to acquire innovative, commercial items, technologies and services currently in the production/commercialization phase as well as adaptations of existing commercial products. GSA FEDSIM will post a solicitation for a specific project or technical area of interest when an opportunity is open.
The CSO solicitation process will include a multi-phased solicitation and evaluation approach: Phase 1 – Submission of the Written Solution Brief, Phase 2 – Oral Presentation (if applicable), and Phase 3- Request for Proposal. The CSO is considered a competitive process, intended to ensure that competitive procedures are used to the maximum extent practicable.GSA XTRA