Planning Forward with GSA in Mind

The Determine Approval Authority Wizard

A flow diagram focusing on the Approval Authority Wizard for the APW.

The APW can determine the Approval Authority as defined in OGP 2800.1. It has been designed to do this by asking you the fewest number of easy to understand questions as possible. So, if it seems at times like you are being asked irrelevant questions, please know that not only are these questions necessary, but they help document completely your compliance with agency policy. By using the APW you can rest assured that your plans are correct and complete.

The APW uses information you provide about your project to determine the Approval Authority. The Determine Approval Authority Wizard makes this as easy as 1-2-3 by asking for information about the procurement's:

  1. Estimated Value Larger procurements (especially if they have a large IT component) generally have higher authorization requirements. Since the APW already collected this information during the Determine Plan Type Wizard it doesn't ask you again
  2. Conditions Inter-Agency procurements and exceptions to the fair opportunity process generally have higher authorization requirements
  3. Type and Category Comprehensive Plans and Non-commercial items generally have higher authorization requirements

With this simple information the Determine Approval Authority Wizard can help point you in the right direction.

You may need to translate the role identified in the APW to match your location and organizational usage. Ask your Contract Officer if you can't match a name you know to the role specified.

If the conditions of your procurement change and you want to double check if the Approval Authority is still correct it's not a problem. You can always run the Determine Plan Type Wizard again any time before the plan is Submitted for Approval. This automatically flows through to the Determine Approval Authority Wizard.