GSA Schedule 73 -- Food Service, Hospitality, Cleaning Equipment and Supplies, Chemicals and Services -- is now open to new offers, according to Stephen Nieswiadomy, Supervisor Contracting Officer for the Schedule 73 Program.
The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Inspector General (IG) released in September the results of an audit that showed contractors are providing outdated or inaccurate pricing information on their GSA Schedules, and this information, according to the audit, may cost taxpayers as much as $405 million per year.
The General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) announced on September 12, 2016 that its IT Schedule 70 has established four (4) new Highly Adaptive Cybersecurity Services (HACS) Special Item Numbers (SINs). IT Schedule 70 -- an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) multiple award schedule (MAS) that provides direct access to products, services, and solutions from more than 4,700 certified industry partners -- is the largest GSA Schedule.
On Friday, September 9, 2016, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) published in the Federal Register a proposed rule to incorporate Order Level Materials (OLMs), also know as Other Direct Costs (ODCs), into the Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) program. According to the GSA, this proposed rule will improve and increase order flexibility and functionality for government buyers and for contractors.
The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced on Friday, July 29, 2016 a series of updates to its Schedule 70, in the wake of a recent audit the GSA's Office of Inspector General conducted between 2011 and early 2016. Schedule 70 is an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) multiple award schedule, providing direct access to products, services and solutions from more than 5,000 certified industry partners, and this audit revealed that some contracts on GSA's IT Schedule 70 offered identical products at widely varying prices, and that some items were offered at prices higher than commercial sales.
To address issues with its Schedule 70 -- which is the largest, most widely used acquisition vehicle in the federal government-- the GSA added tools and innovation to gives its customers "better pricing, better values and a better shopping experience," according to Mary Davie, Assistant Commissioner, Integrated Technology Services.
"We heard from procurement leaders across government that price variability on Schedules was a problem," she said, "[and], in response, we spearheaded the Competitive Pricing Initiative (CPI), which looks at the current prices of identical products offered by suppliers through MAS and identifies opportunities for more competitive prices."
According to information provided by the GSA, the CPI has led to price reductions on roughly 1.4 million items across all of GSA’s 15 products Schedules.
The GSA has also addressed issues raised by contractors and procurement officers across the country.
GSA Schedules, which are perfect vehicles for federal contractors interested in developing longterm relationships and contracts with purchasing officers and commercial firms, are a lot like a catalog -- a business approved to be on the schedule posts the products and services available, and then these products and services can be ordered, usually at volume discount pricing. Around $50 billion is spent each year through GSA MAS (Multiple Award Schedules) Schedules and 80% of the vendors on GSA Schedules are small businesses.
The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), New England Region, announced on May 9, 2016 the award of a $23 million construction contract for upgrades to the Derby Line Land Port of Entry (LPOE) to D.E.W. Construction of Burlington, Vermont. This contract will allow for the completion of necessary upgrades to the LPOE to replace the outdated facility which currently exists. The project will be designed to be both energy efficient, sustainable and will be certified as LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council.
According to the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), IT Schedule 70 (which provides federal agencies with direct access to more than 4,700 pre-vetted innovative companies that provide high-quality IT products, services, and solutions) continues to be the largest and most widely used acquisition vehicle in the federal government. The government saw program growth in FY15, after a downturn during previous fiscal years, with the program's business growing by $424 million (or 3 percent) to a staggering total of $14.8 billion. Additionally, also according to the GSA, most of this spending was through three special item numbers (SINs) on IT Schedule 70:
As of April 2016, the only U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Schedule closed is Schedule 75: Office Solutions - Supplies and Services. This Schedule includes office products, office services, restroom products (e.g., toilet tissue, paper towels and their dispensers, toilet seat covers, facial tissues, soaps), and new products/technology. This schedule can include furniture and food items, but only if the vendor primarily offers office products.
The GSA periodically closes schedules to new contractors if the schedule is determined to be "oversaturated." Oversaturated schedules are schedules that the GSA determines have little to no room for innovation and program growth. Schedules can become oversaturated as well due to duplications. Many vendors offer the same products on different schedules.
The GSA closes schedules for a period of one year. After one year, the GSA re-examines the schedule to see if changes in the marketplace make re-opening the schedule a viable option for contractors and federal buyers.
GSA Schedule Contracts, also known as GSA Schedules or Federal Supply Schedules, are indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ), long-term contracts under the General Services Administration’s Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) Program. GSA Schedule Contracts were developed to assist federal employees in purchasing products and services; they contain pre-negotiated prices, delivery terms, warranties, and other terms and conditions which streamline the buying process.
There is no law that requires a contractor to hold a GSA Schedule in order to conduct business with the federal government. However, many agencies will only place orders through GSA Schedule Contracts. As a result, companies that conduct significant business with the federal government ultimately find it necessary to obtain a Schedule Contract.
Acquisitions through GSA Schedules are issued using full and open competition. Prices have already been deemed fair and reasonable, and Contracts are in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, reducing evaluation cycles. Purchases can be made directly from a contractor’s GSA Schedule Contract, eliminating time-consuming responses to complex RFP’s and lengthy negotiations.