FSSI Wireless FAQs

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New FSSI Wireless program launches

Use this new mobility solution on IT Schedule 70 -- the enhanced Special Item Number (SIN) 132-53 allows you to purchase a broader portfolio of Wireless Mobility Solutions (WMS). This program replaces the expiring Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative (FSSI) Wireless Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs).

Note: If you've already placed a task order against the BPAs, you can exercise your option to extend it through 2023.

FSSI Wireless BPA FAQ

Yes. Lines, services and features that are in-scope to the task order may be added or changed throughout the period of performance. Task order scope questions are at the discretion of the agency contracting officer (CO).

Yes, task orders may be modified. Decisions on specific modifications are at the discretion of the contracting officer (OCO). Modifications should be evaluated to consider if they are in scope.

The FSSI Wireless BPAs expired November 20, 2018. Task orders can no longer be modified to add options years.

Yes. We're launching a new mobility solution on IT Schedule 70 as the follow-on FSSI Wireless program's contactual component.

Enhanced FSSI Wireless/SIN 132-53 Program

SIN Enhancement - 132-53 - Wireless Mobility Solutions includes the following sub-categories (for full description please visit: Interact )

  • Wireless Carrier Services;
  • Other Mobility End-Point Infrastructure;
  • Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS);
  • Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM);
  • Mobile Backend-as-a-Service;
  • Telecom Expense Management (TEM);
  • Mobile Application Vetting;
  • Mobile Threat Protection (MTP);
  • Mobile Identity Management;
  • Internet of Things (IoT); and
  • Other/Mobile Services.

Existing industry partners: When the enhanced Wireless Mobility Solutions (WMS) SIN is updated, vendors can request a modification (eMod) to add the enhanced WMS SIN 132-53 to their contract or add new services under the enhanced WMS SIN if they already have SIN 132-53. Visit the Modification Checklist for additional details. New industry partners: Submit an offer (e-offer) for consideration to be awarded an IT Schedule 70 contract and the enhanced Wireless Mobility Solutions SIN. A step-by-step guide to submitting an offer is available at: Modification Checklist [DOCX - 20 KB] to your Schedule 70 Contract. Solicitation references are SCP-FSS-001-N, SCP-FSS-004, and CI-FSS-152-N.

When purchasing products and services in the mobile category, you can now more readily access vendors who can meet your requirements because they are more consistently represented under a single mobility SIN. Use the Wireless Savings Calculator to help estimate mobile savings.

Putting mobility products and services under a single SIN enables industry partners to better access opportunities and streamline responses because they can now monitor and respond to RFQs under one SIN.

The enhanced SIN 132-53 increases visibility and access of wireless and mobility service solutions to customer agencies and provides industry partners the opportunity to sell these solutions in one place. Specific solutions include Mobile Device Management (MDM), Telecommunication Expense Management (TEM), Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) Mobile Application Vetting, Mobile Identity Management and more.

This SIN enhancement is being rolled out now based on feedback from industry and our agency partners. Vendors have shown a preference for IT Schedule 70 for the purchase of wireless; however, have stated that their broader mobility acquisition requirements were not being met. This action responds to their request for a path to centralized buying.

At a minimum, an RFQ must include the description and quantity of supplies to be delivered or the services to be performed and the evaluation criteria upon which the evaluation will be based.

The RFQ can specify the timeline for a phased approach. For total quantities that may be unknown, the agency’s RFQ could include a base requirement and options for additional quantities, if exercised.

Yes, so long as you let the vendors know ahead of time how the competition will be conducted there is nothing that restricts this practice. Carrier service is not ubiquitous across the country, and it is normal and expected that an agency with a diverse geographic footprint, or with personnel who travel frequently, would have more than one carrier contract. These task orders can be issued off the same RFQ provided it is stated up front in the RFQ or SOW document.

Yes. Each agency should be seeking discounts at the task order level that address their particular requirements, as well as the agency's larger goals. Tiered discounts at the task order level would be dependent on the size and volume of the order, but there is nothing that prohibits agencies from structuring their CLINs accordingly. If the agency strategy is to consolidate all agreements under the FSSI while maintaining funding and obligations responsibility at the agency component level, then standardized language that the agencies can include on all task orders can bridge this requirement between orders. Some vendors are explicit about allowing for agency level pooling, and will respond with their tiered structure beyond what is called for in the particular task order. Others can choose to either comply, offer no discounts, or refuse to bid. This can be a point of consideration at the evaluation stage of the procurement.

The FSSI Wireless program is set up to include no-cost devices as service enabled devices which are included with the purchase of service plans. In addition, there are options to purchase additional devices. This requirement should be stated in your RFQ depending on the requirements of your agency. Note: It is likely that the no-cost devices the contractor offers will be one or two generations behind current offerings. Open market items can be included as a requirement of your agency and purchased through the program.

Devices offered via the FSSI Wireless program are excluded from TAA coverage. The GSA Schedule contractor has modified the contract to include zero dollar (no-cost) service enabling devices (including, but not limited to cellular phones), bundling the devices with service. The service enabling devices are offered on an as-available basis and may or may not be domestic end product or end product of a designated country.

The devices are not available through this contract apart from ordering cellular service. Cellular service is one of several services excluded from the World Trade Organization Government Procurement Agreement and the other Free Trade Agreement executed by the United States Government. See FAR 25.401 (b). The wireless service offered under this contract has been determined by the GSA Schedule Contracting Officer to be domestic in origin. See FAR 25.402 (a)(2).

As cellular service is excluded from TAA coverage, GSA has used the group offer analysis provided by FAR 25.503 (c)(1) to determine that the value of the domestic end product exceeds 50 percent of the total proposed price of the group; therefore, the bundled cellular service and service enabling device group offer is evaluated as domestic.

Yes. However, the basis of purchase dictates the application of the credit. Credits associated with service enabling devices (SEDs), a service component of FSSI Wireless, obtained via FSSI Wireless may yield credits toward FSSI Wireless purchases. All other device credits must be applied toward open market purchases that may be executed by the agency. The receiving agency will oversee the receipt and allocation of this credit.

Yes. The FSSI Wireless program is anchored to GSA's IT Schedule 70 contract, making them eligible for Cooperative Purchasing. Under Cooperative Purchasing, state, local, and tribal governments can find more information on the Cooperative Purchasing Program.

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