On November 27, 2018, GSA announced they will be consolidating their 24 Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) into one single Schedule for both products and services. The consolidated schedule will come with one set of terms and conditions. According to GSA, the reason for the consolidation is to make it easier and more efficient to do business with federal, state and local governments.
When will the consolidation take place?
According to Multiple Award Schedules Program Management Office Director Stephanie Shutt, GSA plans to finalize the new schedule and begin awarding contracts under the vehicle by fiscal year 2020.
She also explained that GSA will help current Schedule holders migrate to the one Schedule as their current Schedules begin to expire. The transformation is expected to take approximately two years.
According to Federal Acquisition Service Commissioner, Alan Thomas, “A single schedule for products and services will make it easier for customers to find and purchase the solutions they need to meet their respective missions.” He is also quoted as saying, “It will also provide a single-entry point to MAS with consistent practices applied across the program and save vendors from the burden of managing contracts on multiple schedules.”
The good news for future and current GSA Schedule holders is that it should be easier to submit an offer and modifications after this consolidation. Currently, there is no consistency in how schedules are awarded or managed across the 24 Schedules. A single set of terms and conditions will ensure consistency and assist in making compliance with Schedule terms and conditions easier to follow.
Centre Law & Consulting will continue to monitor and report updates on the consolidation of the MAS Schedules via our blog and emails to our clients. To get the latest updates on GSA, attend Centre’s Annual Review: Hot Issues in Federal Contracting on March 7, 2019, at the MGM in Oxon Hill, MD.
About the Author:
Executive Director of Consulting
Maureen Jamieson has more than twenty-five years of experience managing federal contracts. Maureen is highly experienced in solving client pricing problems and implementing effective pricing strategies for placing products and services on GSA Schedule contracts. Maureen also frequently works with clients on effective selling and marketing strategies in the federal market space and is highly skilled as a federal contracts capture or proposal manager.