Topic 2: Benefits of the MAS Program
MAS Value Proposition
Realize cost savings
- Up-to-date, FAR-compliant acquisition vehicles that help minimize risks
- Competitive market-based pricing that leverages the buying power of the Federal
Government, with the ability to negotiate further discounts at the order level
- Acquisition experts available to help customers make the most of MAS
- On-site and online training for help in using MAS
Pricing: GSA Contracting Officers negotiate fair and reasonable prices for order
quantities less than or equal to the maximum order threshold, which is established at
the contract level by SIN. Schedule contracts typically include
prices that are the same as or better than the prices the Schedule contractors offer to
their best commercial customers. The pricing offered to the best commercial customer
is identified as “most favored customer” (MFC) pricing.
Savings: The MAS Program provides ordering activities with competitively awarded
contracts to increase the productivity and capacity of scarce acquisition resources.
In addition, the program offers quick and easy access to the right industry partners,
allowing customers to make the most use of their valuable time.
MAS Value Proposition
Experience flexibility and choice
- The ability to tailor orders to get what you need by customizing terms and
conditions at the order level
- Alternatives such as BPAs and Contractor Team
Arrangements (CTAs) that can replace the need for agency IDIQ contracts
- Decision tools and contracting solutions proven to meet complex requirements
- A vast selection of contractors offering expert solutions for services and products
Flexibility: Ordering activities have the flexibility to:
- Conduct best value procurements considering relevant “best value” factors
- Obtain a total solution to large or complex requirements using a Schedule
- Establish a long-term relationship with a Schedule contractor or group of
Schedule contractors using a Schedule BPA
(Note that single-award BPAs may not exceed 1 year, with up to four, 1-year
options, per FAR 8.405-3(d)(2).)
- Include additional terms and conditions (e.g., a rating under the Defense
Priorities and Allocations System (DPAS)) as long as they do not conflict with
Schedule contract terms and conditions
Governmentwide Purchase Card (GPC) acceptance: All Schedule contractors
must accept the GPC for orders not exceeding the micro-purchase threshold. However,
many Schedule contractors accept the GPC for orders of any amount. Contracting
Officers may use the GPC as a method of payment for orders up to their warrant limit.
Cardholders must follow local agency guidelines for use of the GPC.
Extensive range of products/services: The wide variety and large number of
Schedule contractors allow ordering activities to access an extensive range of supplies
and services to satisfy their requirements. More than 19,000 Schedule contractors
offer over 20 million supplies and services. These contractors are among the best
firms in their industries, from small innovative companies to Fortune 500 firms. In
addition, contractors can form CTAs to meet large or
unusually complex government requirements.