Great news! GSA is conducting market research and wants your input on the new solicitation format and the clauses and provisions to be used in the consolidated MAS solicitation set for release later this year.
GSA’s goal for this market research is to gain input on two components of the new consolidated solicitation:
- The proposed format of the consolidated solicitation
- The updated terms and conditions that will be found in the new solicitation
You can find the RFI on FBO at the following link:
Note that responses to the RFI are due July 5, 2019, 11:59 pm Eastern time.
Following is a brief GSA summary of some of the highlights of the Consolidation:
What is the Consolidation? GSA is consolidating the agency’s existing 24 Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) into one single Schedule for products, services, and solutions. VA Schedules will not be consolidated at this time.
What are the Phases?
Phase 1 – Develop the New Schedule
- Create a new solicitation for the single Schedule
- Map duplicate Special Item Numbers (SINs) across current solicitations
- Review duplicate terms and conditions across Schedules
Phase 2 – Mass Modifications
- Complete mass modifications for all existing contract holders
- Contractors retain current Schedule contract number
Phase 3 – Multiple Contract Consolidation
- Consolidate multiple contracts into a single contract for contractors with multiple Schedules
What is the timing and impact? Existing solicitations are still open to new offerors and will remain open until the new Schedule is released October 1, 2019. Mass Modifications are expected to be released in early FY 2020. For your contract to automatically transition, you must accept the revised terms and conditions reflected in the Mass Modification. If you have multiple Schedules, GSA will work with you to determine the best solution for your company.
What is the impact to the Order Level Material (OLM) SIN? Under the consolidation, OLMs will be expanded to every contractor on Schedule.
What is the impact to Transactional Data Reporting (TDR)? The TDR requirement will continue for contractors already participating in the pilot. However, the TDR pilot will not be expanded to categories that are not currently in the pilot.
How will this consolidation affect Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs)? BPAs established and awarded prior to the completion of consolidation will continue in effect until the BPA or the Schedule contract expires, whichever occurs first. Task or delivery orders may be placed against existing BPAs until either the BPA or the Schedule expires, whichever occurs first.
Additionally, GSA’s systems will be refreshed to reflect all updated processes and to align with the new categories under the Schedule.
In order to help you navigate through these changes, Centre Law & Consulting will be offering future webinars on the Consolidation. Details will be provided in future blogs, marketing emails and LinkedIn. If you have specific questions on the Consolidation, please contact the Consulting team at Centre Law & Consulting – firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-288-2800 – and we will follow-up with you to see how we can help.
About the Author:
Executive Director of Consulting
Maureen Jamieson has more than twenty-five years of experience managing federal contracts. Maureen is highly experienced in solving client pricing problems and implementing effective pricing strategies for placing products and services on GSA Schedule contracts. Maureen also frequently works with clients on effective selling and marketing strategies in the federal market space and is highly skilled as a federal contracts capture or proposal manager.