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.
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[This blog was last updated on November 23, 2020] The GSA MAS Consolidation has significantly impacted GSA contractors and the maintenance of their GSA Schedule. As Phase 3 of the Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) Consolidation continues, contractors should ensure their contract stays compliant and meets the needs of government buyers. Thankfully, the General Services Administration (GSA) has created a guide to keep contractors up to date on all the MAS Modification standards. In the ever changing world of GSA, capitalizing on the MAS Modification Guide can be beneficial for you and your business. As contract consultants, we know it’s important to take advantage of every resource and tool GSA provides, but they’re not always self-explanatory or easy to navigate.
Whether you’re a new GSA Schedule contractor or have been selling to the federal government for years, it’s important for you to be aware of the regulations you must follow so you can remain GSA compliant. As laws and regulations often change in the government, we are constantly informing our clients of important policy changes and helping them understand how they affect their business. One of the most recent changes was the amendment to Section 889 Federal Acquisitions Regulation (FAR) Rule.
GSA contractors have been getting a lot of emails over the last couple weeks. Between the updates to GSA eBuy and the Multiple Award Schedule consolidation, contractors have been flooded with new information that impacts their contract compliance and their typical contract actions. One of the more recent GSA updates is the change to the Mass Modification System which will now require Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA).
As a GSA Schedule contractor, you know there are a multitude of laws, regulations, and guidelines you need to follow to remain compliant. If you provide services through your contract, one of the laws you may have heard of is the McNamara O’Hara Service Contract Act (SCA). Enacted in 1965, the SCA’s main purpose is to protect employees performing work for contractors and subcontractors. At Winvale, we have a lot of clients asking us if the SCA impacts them as GSA Schedule contractors so let’s review the SCA, SCA exemptions and compliance, and why it’s relevant for several GSA Schedule contractors.