Nov 13, 2014

barbaraThe General Services Administration (GSA) has been making major changes in the past few months to their professional services Schedule offerings. GSA announced that the first step in this process will be to consolidate Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) services offerings. With the recent news of GSA naming Kevin Youel Page as the new deputy commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service (FAS), they are making it clear that swift changes are indeed in the works.

Dan Tangherlini, GSA Administrator, announced last Monday, November 3rd at the National Contract Management Association’s annual Government Contract Management Symposium in DC, that Youel Page will be taking over this new role. During the same conference, Tangherlini also announced that FAS will host a new Common Acquisition Platform with three hallways:

(1) Technology hardware

(2) Technology software and office supplies

(3) Administrative support

GSA has explained that since there are over 4,400 professional services contracts across 8 different Schedules, the Schedules often overlap and cause “MAS” confusion (pun intended).

GSA explains that “ in an environment of declining budgets and increasing demands on the acquisition workforce, improvements must be made to GSA’s professional services Schedules. By having fewer Schedules, or optimally one professional services Schedule, GSA can achieve:

  • Improved contract usability; agencies can obtain and contractors can provide total service solutions through one contract vehicle
  • Increased program efficiency by managing fewer contracts and solicitations
  • Reduced administrative costs to industry by reducing the number of contracts they manage
  • Eliminating the need to submit separate offers for professional services; firms would have the ability to submit a modification request instead – this equates to a substantial decrease in time required to add new services.”

The Schedules that will be affected are:

  • Consolidated (00CORP)
  • MOBIS (874)
  • PES (871)
  • FABS (520)
  • AIMS (541)
  • LOGWORLD (874V)
  • Environmental (899)
  • Language (738II)

For more information about completions for this initiative and how these changes impact the Consolidated Schedules Program and current Consolidated contracts, visit GSA’s website here.

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  • If you look “between the lines” this Professional Services Consolidation is “setting the table” for the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative (FSSI).