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The purpose of this memorandum is to remind agencies of the Federal Government's policy of selecting and acquiring information technology that best fits the needs of the Federal Government, including of being technology and vendor neutral in acquisitions for information technology (IT). This long-standing policy helps ensure that federal investments in IT are merit-based, improve the performance of our government and create value for the American people.
Accordingly, as program, IT, acquisition, and other officials work together to develop requirements and plan acquisitions, they should follow technology neutral principles and practices. This means selecting suitable IT on a case-by-case basis to meet the particular operational needs of the agency by considering factors such as performance, cost, security, interoperability, ability to share or re-use, and availability of quality support.