Date: Thu, 19 Dec 2002 09:52:14 -0500
From: Linda Rosenberg
As discussed, attached is the notice of IT Purchasing Frees, an announcement will follow but I wanted to get this out prior to the holiday.
A clarification was received from Mr. Strassman's office that ALL IT purchases are to go through the CIO for approval with the expectation that mission critical purchases will be approved. This allows the CIOs insight into spending and that is Strassman's requirement. This is not the way I initially described it as I was trying to remove myself from the loop but I feel that in order to be in compliance this is the structure needed.
Procurement has made the necessary adjustments so that this would not delay purchases unnecessarily as along as I respond to email promptly which I do and will make sure I do during this freeze.)
Thanks for your help in implementing this.
Dr. Linda H. Rosenberg
Chief Information Officer
voice (301) 286-5710
Bld 8 Code 100
Greenbelt, MD 20771
IT Purchasing Freeze
Effective immediately, December, 2002
The NASA Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Comptroller are in the process of reevaluating the Agency’s Information Technology (IT) investment strategies to ensure they are in alignment with current Agency One NASA goals and priorities. With this effort underway, NASA Headquarters has issued a moratorium on the purchase of all IT hardware and software unless it is identified as mission critical. This includes IT hardware and software purchased through the regular Procurement Request (PR) process, the Small Purchase System (SPS) (including ODIN catalog purchases), the Government bank card process, and purchases by contractors when the Government will retain ownership. This moratorium is effective immediately and will continue until further notice.
Mission critical IT hardware and software is defined as those items necessary to meet specific current fiscal year program efforts that cannot be met with existing equipment, or to avoid a potential service disruption or loss of data.
Items that meet the following criteria are pre-approved for purchase:
To purchase IT hardware or software that is mission critical, please use the following process:
For PRs (other than small purchases):
For SPS PRs:
For Bank Card purchases:
For contractor purchases of Government property:
I appreciate your cooperation in this action. I do not expect these process changes to incur more that a 24-hour delay on any purchase. Please contact me at extension 6-5710 or Linda.H.Rosenberg@nasa.gov if you have any questions.