GSA Instructional Letters Available on Data.gov
For those not in the know, Data.gov is a website that was created in 2009 to “increase public access to data generated by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government.” A mainstay of President Obama’s open government initiative, Data.gov’s mission is to become a central repository for all of the data collected by the Federal government and to publish it to the public (with the exception of information that is subject to national security restrictions) – promoting transparency, collaboration, and greater citizen engagement.
An interesting development is that GSA FAS has made their instructional letters (which list out policies and procedures GSA acquisition professionals are required to follow) available to the public for review on the website. This allows one to see the direction internal acquisition staffs are receiving from their superiors and can help provide you with guidance on how to meet their overall requirements. Case in point – in early 2012, staff received an internal memorandum with guidance on how to appropriately exercise a contract extension. If you are working on an option package right now instructional documentation like this could be helpful to you as you prepare you the needed documentation. The memo can be found here.