On October 1, GSA released its highly anticipated Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) solicitation. MAS consolidates and streamlines the legacy 24 Schedules into a single vehicle for commercial products, services, and solutions. For the remainder of the year, GSA will focus on awarding offers submitted under the old structure.
GSA plans to begin awarding new contracts under the MAS solicitation beginning in January 2020. Current Schedule holders do not need to do anything different yet. At the start of calendar year 2020, GSA will issue a mandatory modification to convert existing contracts over to the new MAS structure. Contractors will have until June 30, 2020 to accept the modification.
As an update to our previous MAS blog, the below tables provide a quick summary of key changes:
|24 Schedules||Single, “mega” schedule with 12 Large Categories and 82 Subcategories based on the current Government-Wide Category Structure*|
|Maintaining multiple contracts||Figuring out which contract to keep|
|Individual Schedule names (IT70, PSS, LAW 84, 03FAC…)||MAS|
|Arbitrary Special Item Numbers (SINs) categorized by Schedule
Ex. 132-51, IT Professional Services
|SINs based on North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes
Ex. 54151S, IT Professional Services
|900+ SINs||300+ SINs with new descriptions consolidated and rewritten for clarity|
|Multiple size standards per SIN||Single size standard per SIN|
|14 different versions of new offer instructions||Two versions of new offer instructions|
|New contract required to add product or service area under a different Schedule||Adding a new Category to MAS contract only requires a modification|
|All solicitation documents, templates and attachments packaged together and available on FedBizOpps||Some solicitation templates and attachments now located on GSA’s “Available Offerings and Requirements” page|
|Schedule-specific solicitation attachments||Category-level solicitation attachments|
|Past Performance Evaluation from Open Ratings for new offers||Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS) preferred evaluation method|
|Multiple GSA contracting officers||Single GSA point of contact|
|Contract assigned to a GSA Region based on Schedule area||Contract assigned to a GSA Region based on predominant NAICS code|
|72A Sales Reporting System||FAS Sales Reporting Portal|
*Does not include the Schedules managed by Veterans Affairs
What Hasn’t Changed
|Current contractors can still modify their existing Schedule(s)|
|Contract numbers will remain the same for current schedule holders|
|Overall contract period of performance still 20 years|
|Price Reductions Clause (even though the clause number has changed to 552.238-81)|
|Streamlined offer process for existing, successful schedule holders|
|Cooperative Purchasing coverage – Information Technology + Security and Protection Categories|
|Order Level Materials (OLMs) still limited to specific categories/sub-categories|
|Transactional Data Reporting (TDR) Pilot extended through FY2020|
Phase II – January 2020: Existing contractors will receive a mandatory modification to update their contract’s structure and terms and conditions to the new MAS format. After accepting the modification, contractors will be able to add new Categories/SINs to their MAS contract.
Phase III – Beginning mid to late 2020, continuing as needed: Contractors with multiple schedules will work with GSA to select a single contract to go forward with. The contractor will have to add the SINs from the contracts that were not selected to the surviving contract. For example, let’s consider a company with an IT70 and a PSS contract. If they keep the IT70, they will then have to add the PSS contract’s SINs to the surviving contract. We will discuss strategies for Phase III in a later blog.