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Matthew Lewis

Matthew Lewis is a Lead Consultant at Winvale. He is originally from Roanoke, VA and graduated from Roanoke College with a degree in History.

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GSA Schedule

Updates to the FAS Catalog Platform (FCP)

By: Matthew Lewis
February 9th, 2024

Whether you’ve been a GSA Schedule contractor for a few months or a few years, you’ve probably noticed there have been several changes within the Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) program, from Solicitation Refreshes to system updates. One of the major updates and improvements is the creation and pilot of the Federal Acquisition System (FAS) Catalog Platform, or more commonly known as the FCP. GSA has been on-boarding new contractors recently and making changes as the system is rolled out, so let’s cover all the recent updates to the FCP and what you need to know about this new program.

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What is the “Close Contract for New Awards” Mod and What Does it Mean?

By: Matthew Lewis
December 6th, 2023

It’s important for new and prospective GSA Schedule contract holders to keep in mind a GSA Schedule award is just the beginning of your contract’s life cycle. GSA Schedule contracts are broken out in four 5-year option periods, meaning your GSA Schedule can last for up to 20 years. And while some aspects of your GSA Schedule may not change drastically, a large portion of your offerings will likely look very different by the end of your contract. To help facilitate these changes to your GSA Schedule as easy as possible, GSA allows contractors to make modifications to their Schedule.

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Top 10 Reasons to Get on the GSA Schedule

Top 10 Reasons to Get on the GSA Schedule

Do you know what the real benefits of being on the GSA Schedule are? Learn the top 10 reasons (and advantages) why you should consider it.

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Government

What are OLMs and ODCs?

By: Matthew Lewis
June 7th, 2023

If you are a GSA Schedule contract holder, you are likely familiar with the OLM SIN. OLM, which stands for Order Level Materials, is an additional GSA Special Item Number (SIN) that most current contractors likely added during a modification. Similarly, some GSA contractors may be familiar with the acronym ODC, or Other Direct Costs. But what exactly are OLMs and ODCs, and how do they fit into the GSA Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) program?

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4 Reasons to Consider Getting a GSA Schedule

By: Matthew Lewis
March 13th, 2023

A GSA Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) provides prospective contractors with unique access government buyers that they wouldn’t have otherwise. A GSA Schedule holder can offer products and services to government agencies such as the Department of Defense, executive and federal agencies, state and local agencies under certain conditions, and countless others. However, the greatest benefit of a GSA Schedule may be the ease that it allows contractors to have when negotiating terms, conditions, and price with potential buyers.

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GSA Schedule | Contracts

How to Use Contractor Team Arrangements

By: Matthew Lewis
January 18th, 2023

While GSA Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) provide contractors with ample opportunities to provide products and services to an array of government buyers, there can also be times a contractor may not able to solely satisfy a buyer’s needs with their offerings. Thankfully, there’s an answer for GSA contractors who want to combine their expertise to create one total solution. In these situations, contractors can enter a GSA Schedule Contractor Team Arrangement (CTA).

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GSA Schedule | Resources and Insight

How Do I Report My GSA Sales with TDR?

By: Matthew Lewis
December 21st, 2022

If you’re a new GSA contractor or new to reporting your GSA sales, you may be wondering what TDR is, and how it can fit into your contract. Transactional Data Reporting (TDR) is a GSA Schedule pilot program for reporting sales that was first rolled out in 2016. TDR is a way for GSA and its partner agencies to collect transaction-level data on solutions purchased through the Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) program. Ultimately, the purpose is to equip the government’s acquisition workforce with the information needed to make data-driven decisions that save taxpayer dollars. TDR also allows contractors to opt out of Commercial Sales Practices (CSP) and reporting, which could be a benefit for your company.

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