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    What is required for the contract file to show that a purchase less than SAT is compliant with the Clinger Cohen Act. I am talking about both streamlined acquisitions and acquisitions of IT software/hardware. What is the responsibility of the contract specialist to place in the file? and when is it required - on all IT purchases no matter the dollar value? What is required for the contract file to show that a purchase greater than SAT is compliant with the Clinger Cohen Act. I am talking about both streamlined acquisitions and acquisitions of IT software/hardware. What is the responsibility of the contract specialist to place in the file? and when is it required - on all IT purchases no matter the dollar value? If we procure a training system that a contractor has developed where monitors and keyboards are utilized. Should we require the contractor to procure all (non proprietary) IT through CHESS? - should we still require them to purchase COTS video cards, keyboards and monitors through CHESS? or is the entire procurement classified as non commercial (because the software is proprietary) and therefore does not require the use of CHESS?


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    While Clinger Cohen Act (CCA) is not agency specific, the Army's CHESS (Computer Hardware Enterprise Software and Solutions) contract is. Also, each agency will have unique requirements when it comes to documenting the contract file to be compliant CCA and other regulations. You should consult your contracting officer and agency/organizational guidance for answers to your questions. You might also research the Acquisition Community Connection's Information Technology Community of Practice, which includes a section on CCA, at https://acc.dau.mil/CommunityBrowser.aspx?id=17614.

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