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GSA IG Recommends Pricing Review of over 300 Migrated Professional Services Schedule Contracts

The General Services Administration (GSA)’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a report on March 21, 2017, titled “Audit of Price Evaluations and Negotiations for the Professional Services Schedule Contracts.” According to the IG audit, GSA’s process to consolidate eight pre-existing schedules into the Professional Services Schedule (PSS) resulted in the award of new contracts without establishing price reasonableness. Contracting officers also used a combined “Pre and Price Negotiation Memorandum” template that does not conform to Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) policy. Finally, contract files lack sufficient documentation to determine fair and reasonable pricing. In February 2017, GSA’s FAS initiated price reevaluations for all 322 migrated contracts to ensure prices awarded were fair and reasonable.

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GSA Contract Continuity Initiative May Streamline New Offers for Legacy GSA MAS Contractors

GSA recently began posting drafts of upcoming solicitation refreshes for the Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) on its GSA Interact website for review and comment. One of the significant changes introduced in the November drafts is the Contract Continuity Initiative. Under this program, the Federal Supply Service (FSS) will offer a streamlined process for “successful” contract holders to use when submitting a new schedule contract proposal at the end of their 20-year GSA contract period. The Contract Continuity Initiative also provides the mechanism for contractors to maintain existing BPAs and orders under the old contract until it expires, while using the new contract for new work (‘continuous contracts’).

Why are these changes both necessary and important? The MAS program has reached the point where some contracts are approaching the end of the 20-year contract period. To date, such contractors have been required to submit a complete new offer, which creates an undue administrative burden on the contractor and GSA. By utilizing a streamlined set of instructions, GSA expects to expedite the process. According to GSA, “the following [solicitation] requirements were eliminated or reduced to the greatest extent possible:

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GSA Offers AdvantageSelect to Simplify Agency Commodity IT Purchases

In June 2015, the General Services Administration (GSA) rolled out AdvantageSelect, a new service within its online ordering system, GSA Advantage!. An August 28 GSA Interact blog post summarizes: “AdvantageSelect draws concepts from category management, agile development, acquisition streamlining, and world class practices from Government and industry and is a game changing initiative for federal buyers. From this portal, a contracting officer or purchase card holder need only enter the quantity they require, and can proceed straight to check-out — so buying a commodity is finally as easy as click and pay. GSA has done the work for you by competing these items up front, applying category management principles and utilizing our latest procurement tools.”

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GSA Webinar: Blanket Purchase Agreements, Dec 6, 2012

Laptop computerGSA’s Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) webinar for December 2012 is on Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs).  GSA offers a mixture of scheduled webinar, online anytime, and in-person training to help Schedule contractors effectively use the Schedules program to best achieve their desired goals.  After the webinar, you should be able to:

  • Describe the role of a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) in the MAS program

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GSA Schedule Holders: Get Ready for Big Acquisition Changes Thanks to NDAA Section 863

NOTE: Updated June 20th to include instructions on how to track this FAR Case and receive email notifications when the final rule is issued.

An Interim Rule (FAR Case 2007-012) that modifies FAR 8.4 to incorporate the requirements of Section 863 of the National Defense Authorization Act (FY09) went into effect May 16th and the final rule is expected by end of year. So why does this matter? It matters because the new rule greatly affects the way that GSA task orders and (especially) Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPA) are competed and awarded.

Department of Defense (DOD) buyers will be very familiar with these regulations because they were the first to incorporate them into their procedures several years ago through DFARS 208.405-70 . For civilian agencies, however, this represents a major change in how they must compete and award GSA orders. One of the most dramatic changes is

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