GSA Releases Consolidated Schedule Solicitation Merging 24 Multiple Awards Schedules into Single Schedule
October 1, 2019
New consolidated Schedule solicitation makes it easier for customers to find and purchase solutions they need to meet their missions
WASHINGTON - The U.S. General Services Administration today released its consolidated Schedule solicitation on Fed Biz Opps. The new solicitation modernizes federal acquisition by consolidating and streamlining the existing 24 Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) into a single Schedule for products, services, and solutions.
“Today, I’m pleased to announce GSA has completed - on time - the initial phase of MAS Consolidation with a new single solicitation,” said GSA Administrator Emily Murphy. “This is an important first step toward our goal of simplifying the experience for customers, suppliers, and GSA’s acquisition workforce.”
At this time, only new contracts will be placed on the consolidated Schedule solicitation, which streamlines and simplifies the order process for new contractors. Contractors already on Schedule will not be affected by the new solicitation until the mass modification takes effect in calendar year 2020. Federal agencies should see no disruptions to their purchasing practices during the transition.
“MAS Consolidation will mean many changes to the way we do business - some small, some large, but all with the goal of providing consistency in the program for all stakeholders and making it easier for customers to find total solutions under one contract vehicle,” said Federal Acquisition Service Commissioner Alan Thomas. ”We’ve worked hard to make sure our new terms and conditions will meet the needs of our customers, and also streamline and eliminate duplicate contracts. MAS Consolidation is a triple win - good for federal agencies, industry partners, and our acquisition workforce.”
The new MAS solicitation is organized by large categories and subcategories. It was developed iteratively and incorporates feedback from customer agencies, the GSA acquisition workforce, and industry, including results from two Requests for Information. Specifically, the consolidated solicitation features a simplified format, streamlined terms and conditions, and new categories and Special Item Numbers. This new format will make it easier for contractors to offer products, services, and solutions, and for agency partners to find them.
MAS Consolidation is one of the four cornerstone initiatives of the Federal Marketplace (FMP) Strategy, GSA’s plan to modernize and simplify the government buying and selling experience for customers, suppliers, and acquisition professionals. GSA has made progress on several other policy, process, and technology improvement projects. Learn more about what GSA is doing to improve everyone’s experience with the federal marketplace by exploring the FMP Strategy Fall 2019 release.
About GSA: The mission of GSA is to deliver value and savings in real estate, acquisition, technology, and other mission-support services across government. One of its four strategic goals is to establish GSA as the premier provider of efficient and effective acquisition solutions across the government.