On November 18th The General Services Administration (GSA) announced that the Schedule 70 solicitation has been updated to incorporate the Transactional Data Reporting pilot (TDR). This pilot program will affect thousands of Schedule 70 contractors under the following SINs: 132-8, 132-32, 132-33, 132-34, 132-54, and 132-55. For current Schedule 70 holders who have one of the impacted SINs it is important to note that contractors participation in this mass mod is optional. If you choose to decline the mod, you will opt out of the TDR pilot and continue with the Most Favored Customer (MFC) and Price Reduction Clause (PRC) System until it becomes a more formal requirement.
Topics: GSA Schedule
GSA adds new Highly Adaptive Cybersecurity Services (HACS) SINs to its Schedule 70 Solicitation in September 2016 and will immediately begin review of modifications and new offers submitted for any of these four SINs.
The HACS SINs support President Obama’s Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP) and the Cybersecurity Strategy and Implementation Plan (CSIP) to strategize long-term solutions to cybersecurity awareness and protection. Until now, it has been difficult for federal agencies to find a marketplace that has streamlined cybersecurity services that are both trusted and reliable. Eligible Schedule 70 contractors can now offer services under the four new HACS SINs:
The Formatted Product Tool (FPT) is one of GSA’s most recent developments in its Competitive Pricing Initiative and as of July 2016, FPT has been implemented to select product Schedules as part of its Phase I rollout. Below is a Beginner’s Guide for what contractors need to know once they’ve decided to implement FPT. If you’re interested in learning more about FPT and the implementation schedule, check our previous blog An Executive Overview to GSA's FPT.
Most GSA Schedule contractors are familiar with the Schedule Input Program (SIP), how to download it to their computer from GSA’s Vender Support Center and how to post their awarded GSA pricelist and products or services on GSA Advantage. Knowing this basic information is great, but there is a lot more to SIP than what the average GSA contractor knows, including a plethora of helpful shortcuts that can be vital to its utilization.
Back in 2010, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) tasked the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to lead a government-wide effort to ensure that there were sufficient cybersecurity measures in place for each agency. These security protocols needed to be both risk-based and cost-effective in nature.
Last week, our contract support experts represented the Winvale team at the GSA’s 2016 Office of Small Business Utilization (OSBU) Spring Conference: Making it Easier to do Business with the GSA. This event is extremely beneficial for small business owners looking to acquire the right tools to succeed in the federal marketplace. It served as a great opportunity to network with contracting professionals, learn new skills and even take advantage of one-on-one counseling.
For the better part of a decade, the General Services Administration (GSA) has been working hard to answer one key question:
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One of the most challenging aspects of being a GSA contract holder with a Multiple Award Schedule (GSA MAS) is maintaining compliance under the Trade Agreements Act. On the surface, the agreement seems simple: the GSA must only acquire U.S.-made and TAA-compliant products under the MAS program. However, non-compliance can occur because the TAA has implemented several grants through trade treaties to signatory countries, which have been given the ability to supply non-discriminated commercial products to the U.S. The TAA has also developed grants to discriminate and prohibit the supply of products from non-signatory countries. Needless to say, this agreement has often left MAS contract holders confused on its true meaning.
During the GSA proposal process, your submitted contract may be subject to a review by a special branch of GSA, the Credit & Finance bureau. This third party is a separate entity from GSA and plays a unique role in the contracting process. Their main function is to conduct a pre-approval survey and analysis of a prospective contractor to ensure that they are financially viable, solvent and able to fulfill requirements under if a GSA contract is awarded.
Beginning January 2016, an update to Schedule 84 solicitation will introduce significant changes in the Special Item Number (SIN) structure. This restructuring by GSA is expected to provide customers with a better way to identify Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 201 compliant and Certified System Engineer ICAM PACS (CSEIP) certified physical and logical access control systems (PACS and LACS) products and services. Two new SINs, 246 35 7 for products, and 246 60 5 for services that are FIPS 201 compliant, will be added to the schedule. Additionally, there will be a consolidation of SINs for Schedule 84 in an effort to simplify the SIN structure and reduce confusion.