GSA Contemplates Making Transactional Data Reporting Pilot Participation Optional

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At a recent industry event, Kevin Youel Page, the deputy commissioner of GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service (FAS), made a surprising revelation – GSA is considering making participation in its controversial Transactional Data Reporting (TDR) pilot program completely optional. Currently, only existing contractors can choose whether they want to participate, and even they have to participate if they add a Special Item Number (SIN) to their contract or renew it. Mandatory participation also applies to all new offers against Schedules included the pilot.

Despite concerns about the TDR program raised by contractors, industry advocates, and GSA’s Inspector General, it appears many companies couldn’t wait to sign up for the pilot to rid themselves of the burdensome Commercial Sales Practices (CSP) disclosures and Price Reduction Clause (PRC) requirements. In fact, the high opt-in rate is the very reason GSA can now consider making the pilot voluntary. According to Youel Page, “we’ve got such good voluntary participation, we would like to keep the pilot voluntary.”

GSA did not give a time frame for when it might make the TDR pilot optional. If rule making is required, it could take a long time. GSA also did not indicate whether contractors that were mandated to participate under the current requirements could ‘opt out’ if this change becomes effective. FedPoint will continue to track this issue and update our readers as we learn more.

For more information on Transactional Data Reporting, please contact Jennifer Aubel at 301.231.6253.


About Jennifer Aubel

Jennifer Aubel is a Principal Consultant in Aronson LLC’s Government Contract Services Group. She is responsible for leading clients successfully through the GSA lifecycle, from obtaining a new GSA Schedule contract through administering ongoing contracts. She works closely with clients to custom-tailor GSA Schedule solutions that meet current and future organizational needs by developing scope and pricing strategies, maintaining contract compliance, providing audit support, and improving the profitability and versatility of the GSA Schedule contract. Additionally, Jennifer frequently speaks on GSA Schedule topics at both Aronson and industry-sponsored events and is an active member of the National Contract Management Association. Ms. Aubel has over fifteen years’ experience in the Federal Contracting market, working for both contractors and as a consultant to GSA Schedule contract holders. Prior to working with Aronson, she managed a multi-million dollar GSA program comprised of six GSA Schedule contracts with more than 10,000 contract line items. She also managed a team that developed and delivered specialized training on the GSA Schedules Program to small businesses across the country. Jennifer graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maryland, University College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Legal Studies.

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