An Executive Overview of GSA's FPT (Formatted Product Tool)

Posted by Ashley Marculescu on Aug 29, 2016 10:22:09 AM


Just after its 67th anniversary, GSA began Phase I rollout of its Formatted Product Tool (FPT) in an effort to facilitate the standardization of similar parts offered by different contractors and increase the efficiency in which contractor’s pricelists are updated and made available on GSAAdvantage!. FPT is a systems upgrade within the existing eOffer and eMod platforms for certain Schedules and is an enhancement for GSA Schedule contractors as it eliminates the need for the Schedule Input Program (SIP) and Contracting Officer Review System (CORS) processes.

For those not familiar with SIP, this is one of the most common methods for uploading your GSA Pricelist, so that your products/services are visible on GSA eLibrary and GSAAdvantage!. This process can be quite lengthy because it is a multi-stage process requiring 1) a pricelist to be awarded through a new offer award or existing contract modification; 2) the pricelist to be uploaded by the contractor through SIP; and 3) the price ist to be approved by GSA which would result in the pricelist being posted online. Typically, contractors expect no less than 48 hours for their pricelist to be updated. The program can have glitches as well so, combined with the length of time to complete the process, it has been a source of frustration for contractors since its inception.  FPT is meant to eliminate the lag between award and acceptance of their new pricelist.  

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Topics: Contracts

5 Ways to tell a Contractor Teaming Arrangement from a Subcontracting Agreement

Posted by Hannah Patrick on Aug 1, 2016 9:00:00 AM

There are many different avenues a GSA Contractor can take to do business with the federal government. Federal agencies are focused on procuring total solutions, so this often requires businesses to form partnerships in order to win larger opportunities.

Two of the most common methods to create a successful partnership are the Contractor Teaming Arrangement (CTA) and a Prime/ Subcontractor Agreement. However, both of these methods can prove to be very confusing for GSA contractors trying to differentiate between the two.

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Topics: Schedule Maintanance

IT-70 Prepares For a New Addition With the Creation of a Cyber Security SIN

Posted by Meghan Gallagher on Jul 20, 2016 9:00:00 AM

As new needs and challenges arise, the General Services Administration (GSA) considers adding new Special Item Numbers (SIN) to preexisting Schedules before creating new ones. We’ve seen this most recently with the addition of a new Schedule 70 Health IT SIN, and will be seeing it again shortly as the government works towards releasing the Highly Adaptable Cybersecurity Services (HACS) SIN to the IT-70 schedule beginning September 12, 2016.

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Topics: Schedule Maintanance, IT Schedule 70

GSA Rolls out Transactional Data Reporting Pilot Program

Posted by Carina Linder on Jul 14, 2016 9:40:29 AM

In an effort to increase efficiency and encourage savings, GSA published a final rule on transactional data reporting on June 23, 2016. This new requirement instructs vendors to report transactional data from orders placed against certain Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) contracts, Government Wide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs), and Government Wide Indefinite-Delivery, Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contracts.

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Topics: Schedule Maintanance, IT Schedule 70

10 Important Facts About the New Health IT SIN

Posted by Alyse Andre on Jul 7, 2016 4:13:15 PM

The General Services Administration (GSA) will be releasing a new SIN under Schedule 70 that incorporates Health Information Technology Services (HIT) later this year. Currently, the Health IT SIN is projected to be released in July, but we have yet to know the exact date of expectancy.

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Topics: Schedule Maintanance, IT Schedule 70

5 Tips to Leverage the Q4 Spending Spree

Posted by Matthew Schulze on Jun 30, 2016 3:40:33 PM

With the start of the federal government’s fourth quarter (Q4) of the fiscal year (FY) quickly approaching, it’s imperative that your company is ready for a fast paced three months. This means having all of your resources and tools, including your GSA Schedule, ready to go. We’ve given you some insight on the basics of Q4 Spending, now let’s talk about what it takes to really leverage this quarter and make the most of it.

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Topics: Schedule Maintanance

Everything You Need to Know About the HCaTS Contract Vehicle

Posted by Daniel Gardner on Jun 21, 2016 9:00:00 AM

109 vendors have been awarded $11.5 billion Human Capital and Training Solutions (HCaTS) contract by GSA in collaboration with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). This joint venture will utilize both organizations’ industry strengths through a singular procurement channel.

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Topics: GSA Maintanance

Breaking Down PACTSII

Posted by Patrick Dalton on Jun 14, 2016 11:33:46 AM

This is the eighth installment of our ten-part Government Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) series written by Winvale’s Government Analysis team of experts. Every other week, we take a look at a different GWAC to keep you up to speed on changes, tips and any pertinent information. Today, we will cover everything you need to know about the Program Management, Administrative, Clerical and Technical Services ii (PACTS II) GWAC.


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Topics: Government Business Development, GWAC Series

Beginners Guide to Q4 Spending

Posted by Meghan Gallagher on Jun 9, 2016 4:18:09 PM

In an age of competition fueled by the desire to get ahead of one’s competitor, studying trends in government spending could be the key to financial success. When it comes to government contracting, you should specifically look at the fourth quarter, where more federal contract dollars have been spent than in any other quarter over the past several years.

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Topics: Government Business Development

Acquiring an NCAGE Code and Registering With SAM

Posted by Daniel Gardner on Jun 7, 2016 10:50:00 AM

A NATO Commercial and Government Entity Code, more commonly referred to as NCAGE, is a five character code assigned to any vendor based overseas that is required by a contracting officer to be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM).

Established in 1958, this particular code became a standardized method for the federal government to identify various corporate entities located outside of the United States. NCAGE records are used to hold manufacturer/supplier details such as name, address, postal code, phone/fax numbers and company email address.

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Topics: Government Business Development, GWAC Series

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