By Julia Coon,
The General Services Administration (GSA) will be releasing refresh #2 to the Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) solicitation in June 2020. All current MAS contractors will receive a PIN to accept the mass modification and will have 90 days to accept the mass modification. The upcoming refresh will include the following changes.
Photo Requirements for Product Vendors:
Clause SCP-FSS-001 Instructions Applicable to All Offerors will be updated to provide contractors with better guidance on current photo requirements for designated Special Item Numbers (SINs). Contractors with designated SINs must submit Universal Product Codes (UPC) and product photos for each item offered on GSA Advantage!
General Clause Updates:
The following clauses will be updated to remove references to the submission of paper price lists and modifications: 552.238-77 Submission and Distribution of Authorized Federal Supply Schedule Price Lists, 552.238-82 Modifications, and I-FSS-600 Contract Price Lists.
The note regarding clause 52.204-24 Representation Regarding Certain Telecommunications and Video Surveillance Services or Equipment will be updated to reflect that the representation is now completed in the System for Award Management (SAM). If the Offeror represents that they “do provide” covered telecom, the representation required by provision 52.204-24 must be completed and uploaded in eOffer.
A note will be added to clause 552.238-77 Submission and Distribution of Authorized Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) Price Lists directing contractors to follow the guidance and requirements provided in the ‘GSA Advantage Requirements’ section on the GSA ‘Available Offerings and Requirements’ page (www.gsa.gov/mascategoryrequirements).
Service Contract Labor Standards (SCLS) Wage Determinations (WD) Updates:
The updated WD index will be incorporated in the solicitation. There are no clause or policy changes to the application of SCLS. Contractors should ensure pricing and the WD numbers are updated and included in their SCLS matrix.
Implement FAR Rule 2014-002:
On February 27, 2020 a final rule was issued amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement regulatory changes made by the Small Business Administration. These changes provide Governmentwide policy for partial set-asides and reserves and for set-asides of orders for small business concerns under multiple award contracts. The final rule can be found here for additional details.
Special Item Number (SIN) Changes:
A new SIN will be added to include Fourth-Party Logistics Supplies and Services (4PL) solutions. GSA is making corrections to data for various SINs in refresh #2. GSA is also correcting the eligible subcategories for SIN ANCRA – Ancillary Repair and Alternations.
If you have any questions regarding the upcoming MAS solicitation refresh, please reach out to our GSA Consulting Team here.
About the Author:
Julia Coon is GSA and VA Contract Consultant at Centre Law & Consulting. Julia works with the GSA/VA team in preparing new schedule proposals and post-award contract administration. She has experience in producing schedule renewal packages, various modification packages, small business subcontracting plans, and updates to GSA price lists.
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