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What Contractors Should Know About the Updates to eOffer and eMod Blog Feature
Stephanie Hagan

By: Stephanie Hagan on February 3rd, 2021

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What Contractors Should Know About the Updates to eOffer and eMod

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GSA Schedule contractors have dealt with a lot of changes recently - from the three phases of the Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) Consolidation to the recent MAS Solicitation Refresh #5, it can be a lot to keep up with. One of the newest updates to eOffer and eMod is part of GSA’s IT modernization efforts to support security and provide solutions that are recognized internationally.

On March 8, 2021, GSA Schedule contractors will need to use the GSA FAS ID to sign-in to eOffer and eMod. This means they will no longer need to use digital certificates for both eOffer and eMod, but will use a multi-factor authentication instead. Let’s go through these updates and what you need to do to comply with them.

What You Need to Know About Using the GSA FAS ID for eOffer and eMod

GSA is planning to add eOffer and eMod to the list of several other Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) systems using GSA’S FAS ID multi-factor authentication. The GSA FAS ID is a two-step, secure identity management system contractors can access with one email and password. With the GSA FAS ID, contractors can use the same credentials to log-in to several GSA applications.

Other FAS systems that currently require the GSA FAS ID include: FSA Sales Reporting Portal, GSA Advantage!, GSA Vendor Portal, eBuy, and the Mass Modification Portal. 

If you already have an FAS ID login for one of these systems and currently have access to GSA’s eOffer/eMod, you do not need to register again. Users without an established GSA FAS ID will need to follow the steps outlined in the system and register for an account starting on March 8, 2021.

If you have any questions about how to get the GSA FAS ID, you can reach out to one of our consultants. The sign-up process looks slightly different for each system, so accessing eOffer and eMod will look a little different from accessing other sites like eBuy. 

What Do You Need to Do Before these Updates Are Implemented?

Until the transition to the GSA FAS ID is complete on March 8, 2021, digital certificates are required for eOffer and eMod. While digital certificates will not be needed once the GSA FAS ID is implemented, you may still need to maintain them for other government and non-government customers.
 
If you have an expiring certificate and you do not need to modify your contract or sign a new offer for the next month, you might decide it’s best to hold off on updating your digital certificates until the GSA FAS ID is fully implemented. 
 
It's also important to note that contractors and offerors will not be able to access eOffer and eMod from March 6, 2021 through March 7, 2021. 
 
Other Recent Changes to eOffer and eMod 

On November 30, 2020, GSA contractors were required to use DocuSign to electronically sign documents in eOffer and eMod. With DocuSign, contractors can streamline the signature process by securely uploading and signing documents digitally.

You do not need to register or have a subscription for DocuSign. DocuSign will be embedded in eOffer and eMod, so as long as you can log-in, you can use the application.

How Can GSA Schedule Contractors Stay On Top of These Changes?

Despite the overwhelming amount of changes, it’s important you continue to stay organized. You should take note of all the important transition dates and put them in your calendar, so you can ensure you are complying with your GSA Schedule contract terms and conditions.

To learn more about the ins and outs of GSA, We suggest you sign-up for GSA’s monthly MAS Office Hours. In these webinars, you can learn about relevant topics and ask MAS experts anything. 

If you want to stay up to date on future GSA changes, subscribe to our blog and check out our monthly newsletter. We keep our clients and subscribers in the loop about all things government contracting and GSA.

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About Stephanie Hagan

Stephanie Hagan is the Content Writer and Digital Editor for Winvale where she helps the marketing department continue to develop and distribute GSA and government contracting content. Stephanie grew up in Sarasota, Florida, and earned her Bachelor's of Arts in Journalism and Rhetoric/Communications from the University of Richmond.