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.