The General Services Administration (GSA) has been making several changes to their Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) program whether it’s the GSA MAS Consolidation which consisted of condensing all 24 legacy Schedules into one Schedule, or streamlining online tools to make the procurement process easier. One of the most recent updates is GSA’s work on migrating the Federal Procurement Data System (FDPS)-Next Generation (NG) Report Function to beta.SAM.gov.
Currently, the U.S. is dealing with the destruction caused by Hurricane Laura while Hurricane Sally makes landfall in the Gulf of Mexico. As the states attempt to recover and rebuild after these devastating storms, the country is also working to stay ahead of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, causing government spending to rise on federal, state, and local levels. In order to acquire the goods and services that are necessary to rebuild in a quick and efficient manner, many government agencies are purchasing items from commercial businesses through the General Services Administration (GSA) Disaster Recovery Purchasing Program. This program is an essential part of ensuring the government’s response to disasters is successful, cost-effective, and timely.
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It’s no secret the federal government prioritizes small business participation in federal contracts. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, the federal government awarded $132 billion in prime contract dollars to small businesses and awarded just over $90 billion in subcontracts to small businesses. How does the government accomplish this? As children we were always taught to share, and although it’s slightly more complex and heavily regulated in adulthood, the concept is still very relevant. The federal government requires Other Than Small Businesses (OTSB) to create a “practicable opportunity” for small businesses to participate in federal procurement. One of the ways to accomplish this is through small business subcontracting.
Major disruptions have a way of accelerating changes, like the recent large-scale adoption of work-from-home policies. With a sudden and likely lasting rise in teleworking due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has never been more important to get IT solutions and services to the federal government. As an IT GSA Schedule contractor, now is the time to step up your marketing to federal agencies.
First, congratulations on your GSA award—your GSA Schedule contract will prove to be a valuable contracting vehicle for your organization over the next twenty years. We know you went through a lengthy process to receive your GSA Schedule contract, but unfortunately, the work doesn’t stop there. Now that you have received an award, you’re probably asking yourself how to start selling.
As of August 1st, 2020, GSA officially transitioned into Phase 3 of the Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) Consolidation. Phase 3 is the final phase of GSA’s plan to migrate all 24 legacy Schedules into one Schedule. Although Phase 2 impacted all GSA Schedule holders, Phase 3 only affects contractors with multiple contracts under one Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) such as the Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS). GSA’s goal in the final phase of the MAS Consolidation is for each contractor to have one MAS contract per DUNS number.