GSA Issues Solicitation Merging 24 Multiple Award Schedules
Construction and Procurement Law News, Q3 2019
On October 1, 2019, the General Services Administration (GSA) issued its much-anticipated consolidated schedule solicitation, merging 24 Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) into a single schedule for products, services, and solutions.
Under MAS (also commonly referred to as Federal Supply Schedules and the GSA Schedules), the GSA “establishes long-term, government-wide contracts with commercial firms offering more than 10 million commercial supplies and services that federal, state, and local agencies order directly from GSA Schedule contractors, or through the GSA Advantage!® online shopping and ordering system.”
The GSA’s issuance of the consolidated Schedule solicitation represents the initial phase of MAS consolidation. According to the GSA, “[a]t this time, only new contracts will be placed on the consolidated schedule solicitation, which streamlines and simplifies the order process for new contractors.” However, “[c]ontractors already on Schedule will not be affected by the new solicitation until the mass modification takes effect in calendar year 2020.” Further, the GSA has stated that “Federal agencies should see no disruptions to their purchasing practices during the transition.”
According to the GSA, “The MAS transformation is part of GSA’s Federal Marketplace strategy to make the government buying and selling experience easy, efficient and modern. It supports GSA’s strategic goal to establish the agency as the premier provider of efficient and effective acquisition solutions across the government.”
The GSA reports that approximately $31 billion dollars “is spent through MAS each year.” If you have any questions about how this noteworthy development may impact your company, please do not hesitate to contact a member of Bradley’s Government Procurement Practice Group.