Major Progress During Phase Two of GSA’s Multiple Award Schedule Consolidation
January 31, 2020
Mass Modification of existing Schedules contracts is next step to making it easier for customers to find and purchase solutions they need to meet their missions
WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. General Services Administration began issuing a mass modification to current Schedule holders that will align their contract terms and conditions with those of the new single Schedule solicitation issued Oct. 1, 2019. This “mass mod” is the second of a three phase strategy to modernize federal acquisition by consolidating and streamlining GSA’s previous 24 Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) into a single Schedule for products, services, and solutions. The third and final phase, planned for the second half of FY2020, will complete the consolidation.
“We’re right on track with MAS Consolidation,” said GSA Administrator Emily Murphy. “Moving to a single schedule is good for federal agencies, our industry partners, and our acquisition workforce. It's a key piece of the picture for making it easier to deliver solutions.“
The new MAS solicitation is organized by large categories and subcategories. The new solicitation incorporates feedback from customer agencies, the GSA acquisition workforce, and industry. 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.
Currently, only new contracts are being placed on the new solicitation - but Phase Two of consolidation brings existing contract holders one step closer to being on the new single Schedule. During the “mass mod,” MAS Schedule holders are asked to update their contracts so their terms and conditions match those in the new MAS solicitation.
“We are planning for a smooth transition and federal agencies should experience no disruption to their purchasing practices during the mass mod,” said Federal Acquisition Service Commissioner Julie Dunne. “There will be no change to contract numbers which makes the transition less burdensome overall. And, we’ve been steadily training our contracting workforce to ensure a seamless transition. Soon we’ll have just one Schedule, with a single set of terms and conditions, making it much easier to buy and offer complete solutions.”
MAS Consolidation is one of the four cornerstone initiatives of the Federal Marketplace (FMP) Strategy. FMP is 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 Winter 2020 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.