Contract Requirements and Modification Guidance
GSA issues policy to temporarily allow awarding Essentially the Same (ETS) products under Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) Contracts Pursuant to AbilityOne Purchase Exceptions for COVID-19 Response Critical products
Pursuant to FAR 8.002, Priorities for Use of Mandatory Government Sources, Federal customers must purchase products listed on the AbilityOne (AB1) Procurement List (PL) from AB1 nonprofit agencies (NPAs). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, demand for certain critical and essential supply products which are listed on the PL have increased to the point that AB1 NPAs are not able to meet the demand for these National Stock Numbers (NSNs). To address the increased demand for select NSNs, GSA requested and received Procurement Exceptions (PEs) from AB1 in accordance with FAR 8.706 Exceptions are outlined in the Senior Procurement Executive (SPE) Memo 2020-10, Purchase Exceptions From the AbilityOne Program in Response to COVID-19, issued April 29, 2020 and SPE Memo 2020-10 Supplement #1, issued May 28th, 2020.
GSA FAS has temporarily provided an allowance for awarding Essentially the Same (ETS) products under Federal Supply Schedule (FSS), commonly known as Multiple Award Schedules or MAS, Contracts Pursuant to AB1PEs for GSA’s purchase of identified COVID-19 Response Critical products. Other ordering agencies (non-GSA) must pursue their own PEs and follow the procedures in FAR 8.706, Purchase Exceptions when ordering off of FSS Schedules.
The following documents include instructions and templates that vendors must use when submitting a modification to temporarily add ETS products to a MAS contract:
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Your First Step!
Get started by downloading the GSA Schedule Contractor Compliance Checklist [PDF - 19 KB].
This checklist is provided as a tool to facilitate compliance with key Schedule contract terms and conditions and is not intended to limit or otherwise modify your responsibility to comply with all terms and conditions of your Schedule contract. If ambiguities arise between this document and the terms and conditions of your Schedule contract, the terms and conditions incorporated into your Schedule contract shall prevail.
If you have questions or require additional information relating to your contract, your primary point of contact is always your assigned Contracting Specialist or Contracting Officer.
Note: There are numerous private companies that provide GSA Schedule contract administration support services (for a fee) to GSA Schedule contractors. Those companies actively market their services to new contractors, and it is quite likely one or more of them will contact you in the near future. Some firms use “GSA” in their company name and email addresses, and sometimes their communications are worded in such a way that they appear to be official GSA correspondence. GSA is in no way affiliated with any private companies to provide contract administration support services. Any email communications from GSA employees will always come from an email address containing the following format: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below is a list of clauses that require attention throughout the life of your contract. The clauses are listed in order of importance and will require action on your part. Please familiarize yourself with these requirements now. If you have any questions, please reach out to your assigned Contracting Officer or Specialist for assistance.
Notes have been provided for each clause to help you identify the action required and important features. Be sure to check out the full text of each clause in your contract.
It’s Time to Get Your Catalog Online
The following requires your immediate attention and is critical to your success as a GSA Schedule Contractor.
Key Component: Make sure your pricelist is in the required format and post your approved price list and catalog to GSA Advantage!®.
Product Requirements for GSA Advantage!®
GSA is committed to improving the customer experience and strives to ensure that government buying and selling is easy, efficient, and modern. Publishing accurate photos of offered items on GSA Advantage!® avoids buyer confusion and reduces returns. With so many products on GSA Advantage!®, making sure that your products have a detailed product name, thorough descriptions, and clear, high quality photos is important.
Contractors selling products under their MAS contract shall submit photos, as required in the Schedules SIN-MOL-Photo-UPC look up table on the VSC.
To best support the buyer community, please consider following the below best practices when posting photos.
- Include more than one photo per product or accessory to show different views (up to 4). You will be required to identify which photo is the default (i.e. primary photo).
- Primary photos should not not be a drawing.
- Photo should show *only* the product that is for sale, with few or no props or accessories that are not included with the product. Inclusion of additional accessories not included with the product may confuse the buyer.
- Photos should only contain text that is a part of the product.
- Photos should *not* contain a company logo, unless it is part of a product’s branding and affixed to the product itself.
For additional guidance and technical requirements related to photo uploads, please visit the Vendor Support Center (VSC).
Sales Reporting and Industrial Funding Fee Remittance
Key Component: You must track all sales made through your Schedule by Special Item Number (SIN), so that you can properly remit your IFF to GSA. There are two different ways in which Sales and IFF are tracked and remitted:
- Transactional Data (Monthly Reporting) and
- Commercial Sales Practices (Quarterly Reporting)
Both systems require reporting by Schedule and SIN. Under Transactional Data Rule Reporting, the contractor reports sales data monthly. Contractors have 30 calendar days following the completion of the month to report sales. Industrial Funding Fee (IFF) must be remitted to GSA within 30 calendar days following the completion of each quarter.
Under Commercial Sales Practices (Quarterly Reporting), the contractor submits Sales and IFF within 30 calendar days following the completion of each quarter.
Note: All Sales and IFF will be reported through the FAS Sales Reporting Portal (SRP) located at FAS SRP.
- Review Clause: 552.238-80 INDUSTRIAL FUNDING FEE AND SALES REPORTING (MAY 2019)
Need help? The sales reporting website includes a user’s guide. Please direct any questions about sales reporting and IFF to your Industrial Operations Analyst (IOA).
Key Component: As a Schedule contractor you must generate a minimum of $25,000 in sales during the first 24 months on Schedule and $25,000 in sales every year thereafter.
Subcontract Reporting Requirements
These clauses reference how to report executive compensation and subcontract usage. If you are an “Other than small business” this clause requires attention throughout the life of your contract.
Review Clause 52.204-10 Reporting Executive Compensation and First-Tier Subcontract Awards:
This clause requires the contractor to report the compensation of its top executives in the (SAM) database (FAR provision 52.204-7) when the following circumstances apply:
An online system at beta.sam.gov, which the U.S. Government uses to consolidate acquisition and award systems for use by contractors wishing to do business with the federal government. Formerly known as FBO.gov, all contracting opportunities valued over $25,000 are posted at beta.sam.gov.
- In the contractor's preceding fiscal year, the contractor received:
- 80 percent or more of its annual gross revenues from federal contracts (and subcontracts), loans, grants (and subgrants) and cooperative agreements;
- $25,000,000 or more of its annual gross revenues from federal contracts (and subcontracts), loans, grants (and subgrants) and cooperative agreements; and
- The public does not have access to the information through periodic reports filed with the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC).
If applicable, you are required to report the information outlined above by the end of the month following the month the contract award was made, and annually thereafter. Failure to report this information in accordance with the clause may result in contractual action being taken by GSA, and may affect your performance rating on this contract.
Modifications and Mass Modification Guidance
Please visit the Modifications and Mass Modification Guidance page.
Key Component: The following clauses are generally applicable to all Schedule contracts and should be clearly understood.
- Review clause 52.222-26 Equal Opportunity:
This clause requires that the Equal Opportunity Clause poster be displayed in a conspicuous place available to employees and applicants for employment. Subcontractors must similarly display the EEO poster. See the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission website for various versions of this poster. Contractors are also required to file the Equal Employment Opportunity EEO-1 Survey in accordance with the instructions found at U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Survey website.
- Review clause 52.204-9 Personal Identity Verification of Contractor Personnel:
This clause requires your company to comply with agency personal identity verification procedures identified in the contract that implement Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12 (HSPD-12), guidance M-05-24 and Federal Information Processing Standards Publication (FIPS PUB) Number 201.
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