GSA – CONSOLIDATING ALL 24 SCHEDULES INTO ONE – Products and Services
November 29, 2018
By Danielle Baird
GSA will modernize federal acquisition by consolidating the agency’s 24 Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) into one single schedule for both products and services, the agency announced Tuesday.
Under the GSA Schedule, long-term government wide contracts are established offering more than 10 million products and services that federal, state, and local agencies order directly from GSA Schedule contractors totaling approximately 31 billion dollars in sales.
“A single schedule for products and services will make it easier for customers to find and purchase the solutions they need to meet their respective missions,” said GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service Commissioner, Alan Thomas.
GSA Administrator Emily Murphy called the schedule consolidation plan “long overdue.” She added, “Reforming our schedules will improve customer service, make it easier for small businesses to access the schedules program, reduce duplication for all our vendors, and allow GSA’s workforce to focus on delivering solutions.”
Why does consolidation matter? What are the benefits? Timeline?
Stephanie Sutt, Director of the MAS Program Management Office, provides an update in this short video.
Reaction to consolidation initiative?
Roger Waldron, the president of the Coalition for Government Procurement, called it a win-win-win for GSA, customer agencies and industry.
“All three will gain efficiencies, and GSA will address the inconsistencies in the program while also creating greater access to commercial solutions,” he said. “People buy solutions that include products and services all the time so being able to combine that in a single transaction instead of having to go through multiple contracts is an important change. This will address the artificial scope determinations, and it will bring the schedule further to reflect the commercial market where there are not artificial barriers between contracts. It makes the schedules more flexible and easy to use for customer agencies.”
GSA plans an industry day at its Washington headquarters on Dec. 12 that will provide more details on the MAS consolidation, as well as its Federal Marketplace strategy. Visit GSA’s Interact post to learn more.