automatic data processing system

Automatic data processing equipment

Automatic data processing equipment, legally defined, is any equipment or interconnected system or subsystems of equipment that is used in the

of data or information

  • by a Federal agency, or
  • under a contract with a Federal agency


  • requires the use of such equipment, or
  • requires the performance of a service or the furnishing of a product which is performed or produced making significant use of such equipment.

The term includes

  • computer,
  • ancillary equipment,
  • software,
  • firmware, and similar procedures,
  • services, including support services, and
  • related resources as defined by regulations issued by the Administrator for General Services.

[Public Law 99-500, Title VII, Sec. 822 (a) Section 111(a) of the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 (40 U.S.C. 759(a)) revised. ]

Source: from Federal Standard 1037C

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