Federal Marketplace Strategy

What is the Federal Marketplace?

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The federal marketplace describes how government agencies buy the products, services, and solutions they need to meet their respective missions. Vendors supply these items and GSA provides acquisition systems and services to help agencies buy what they need.

What is the Federal Marketplace Strategy?

The Federal Marketplace (FMP) Strategy is GSA’s plan to modernize and simplify the buying and selling experience for customers, suppliers, and acquisition professionals. We want to ensure the Federal Marketplace experience of tomorrow is even better than it is today.

Through the FMP Strategy, GSA will:

  • Make it easier for customers to find and acquire products, services, and solutions that meet their mission needs
  • Reduce barriers to doing business with the government, and improve access to opportunities for qualified suppliers
  • Empower the FAS workforce to spend more time performing the highest value activities and focus on excellence in service delivery

How will we do it?

GSA is executing the FMP Strategy through a coordinated set of policy, process, and technology improvement projects across the Federal Acquisition Service (FAS). We are soliciting stakeholder feedback along the way and the FMP strategy will enable better mission-driven acquisitions across government by:

  • Exploring legislation and policy reform to support transparency and competition,
  • Simplifying and streamlining internal and external processes, and
  • Providing a modern acquisition experience through innovative and user-friendly systems.

The FMP Strategy is underpinned by four cornerstone initiatives:

GSA will modernize federal acquisition by consolidating the existing 24 Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) into one single Schedule for products, services, and solutions. This will provide consistency in the program for all stakeholders, make it easier for customers to find total solutions under one contract vehicle, ensure terms and conditions meet the needs of our customers, and eliminate duplicate contracts.

To learn more about the MAS Consolidation, review these resources:

Stay connected by joining the Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) Interact group. Send questions to maspmo@gsa.gov.

In consultation with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), GSA will establish a program to enable federal agencies to procure commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) items through partnerships with commercial e-commerce portals as directed by The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018, Section 846. Section 846 seeks to align Government purchasing to commercial practices and technology through a phased implementation approach.

Core objectives of the Commercial Platforms initiative include:

  • Modernizing the commercial product buying experience.
  • Streamlining commercial item purchasing to allow agencies time to focus on mission oriented acquisition.
  • Analyzing commercial item spend through increased transparency to allow for better buying decisions.

For the most up to date information on this initiative, visit the Commercial Platforms Interact group.

GSA will deliver a modern, enterprise-wide Contract Acquisition Life-cycle Management system (CALM) to streamline acquisition systems across five major programs:

  • the Multiple Award Schedules
  • Multiple Award IDIQ Contracts (non-MAS)
  • GSA Global Supply
  • Assisted Acquisition Services, and
  • Technology Transformation Services

Using human-centered design principles as a guide, the goal is to deliver a reliable enterprise contract writing system that helps end users do their job effectively, efficiently, and economically while reducing burden and improving performance.

GSA will streamline and improve how we manage data associated with the more than 50 million+ products and services offered to the federal marketplace, including items represented on GSA Advantage! GSA will enhance GSA’s catalog management capabilities to ensure:

  • Customers can easily search, compare, purchase, and receive offerings that meet their requirements
  • Suppliers can easily add and modify offerings
  • The FAS workforce can easily access and analyze data

To learn more about the Catalog Management initiative please visit our Interact page. Send questions or comments to catalogmanagement@gsa.gov.

Last Reviewed: 2021-03-30