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Despite hearing objections from refurbished equipment dealers, the U.S. General Services Administration will finalize its decision to halt government purchases of used and refurbished computers.
A prime acquisition arm for the government, the GSA confirmed it will eliminate the product category – or special item number (SIN) – through which it signs contracts for purchases of used and refurbished computer equipment. The change goes into effect Sept. 30, 2020.
In addition to federal agencies, local and state governments can also purchase used equipment through the GSA supplier contracts.
GSA first publicized its intentions last summer, arguing that purchasing used or refurbished computers presented supply chain risks that could lead the U.S. to purchase counterfeit goods or make it vulnerable to spying.