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Changes to the MOBIS Schedule

The article you see below was drafted by our MOBIS team to explain recent changes to MOBIS.  Special thanks to our guest blogger Kris Montague (also the MOBIS Champion within the Management Services Center) and Jessica Havens (on a rotation through my team) for editing assistance, some great ideas and general awesomeness!

-Brad

Effective January 4, 2013, some significant changes have been made to the MOBIS Schedule.  Several MOBIS SINs have been merged and re-defined.

GSA has merged MOBIS SINs 874-2 (Facilitation Services) and 874-3 (Survey Services) into SIN 874-1 (Consulting Services) and renamed the SIN to read “Integrated Consulting Services.”  SIN 874-1 is now defined as follows:

874-1  Integrated Consulting Services
Contractors shall provide expert advice and assistance in support of an agency’s mission-oriented business functions.  Services covered by this SIN include:

  • Management or strategy consulting, including research, evaluations, studies, analyses, scenarios/simulations, reports, business policy and regulation development assistance, strategy formulation, and expert witness services
  • Facilitation and related decision support services
  • Survey services, using a variety of methodologies, including survey planning, design, and development; survey administration; data validation and analysis; reporting, and stakeholder briefings
  • Advisory and assistance services in accordance with FAR 37.203

NOTE:  Consulting services where the preponderance of work is specifically covered under other GSA Schedules are not permitted under this SIN; please refer to the Scope of Work in Part I of the MOBIS solicitation for further information.

Under this re-defined SIN, agencies may order any of the services included in the SIN description.  Expanding the scope of this SIN will enable our customers to acquire complementary services under just one SIN, and we expect this will reduce some of the time and effort in soliciting and evaluating quotes that were previously covered under multiple SINs.  It also reduces the administrative burden on our vendors.

As of January 4, 2013, SINs 874-2 and 874-3 are no longer available for new awards.  Any new awards for services previously covered under those SINs will be made under SIN 874-1.  GSA is in the process of modifying all existing MOBIS contracts to delete SINs 874-2 and 874-3.  Due to the high number of MOBIS contracts, we anticipate that it will take several weeks for all contracts to be modified.  

Any existing task orders where SINs 874-2 and/or 874-3 were previously awarded will still remain in effect; no changes are required to those task orders as a result of the SIN merger.  Contractors will continue to report sales for those SINs until the task orders expire.
 
Standing BPAs with SINs 874-2 and/or SIN 874-3 included, that do not include SIN 874-1, should be modified to include SIN 874-1 so that new task orders can be placed.  We also recommend that the BPA be modified to reflect deletion of SINs 874-2 and 874-3.  Any new task orders for facilitation or survey services under the BPA should be made under MOBIS SIN 874-1.  

In order to give vendors the best visibility into the nature of the services being acquired, we encourage ordering agencies to use highly descriptive keywords in the titles of RFQs when they are posted in eBuy.  For example the title might include "Management Consulting," "Program Management," “Facilitation,” and/or “Surveys.”  That will help our vendors who specialize in a particular type of services to sort through the many opportunities that are posted under SIN 874-1 each day to identify those services where they are uniquely qualified.

In addition to the SIN merger, SIN 874-7 (previously Program and Project Management Services) has been re-defined.  The new SIN title and description read as follows:

874-7 Integrated Business Program Support Services
Contractors shall provide services to assist agencies in managing their mission-oriented business projects or programs and achieving mission performance goals.  Services covered by this SIN include:

  • All phases of program or project management, from planning to closeout
  • Operational/administrative business support services in order to carry out program objectives

NOTE  1:  Program support services where the preponderance of work is specifically covered under other GSA Schedules are not permitted under this SIN; please refer to the Scope of Work in Part I of the MOBIS solicitation for further information.

NOTE 2:  Administrative support services are authorized under this SIN; however, they must be provided in conjunction with other professional business services covered under this Schedule and must be performed under the supervision of the contractor’s Project or Program Manager.  Personal services as defined in FAR are prohibited under MOBIS.

This SIN has been re-defined to broaden the scope of available services.  Over the years, we have found that many organizations require not only program and project management services, but also business support services to carry out program/project implementation, such as administrative support services.  With the new SIN scope, customers can acquire services to not only manage a business program or project, but to provide operational support services relating to that program/project.  The primary caveat with this change is that the preponderance of work needs to be business related, and not covered under other Schedules.  

Finally, SINs 874-4 (Training Services) and 874-9 (Training Aids and Devices) are being updated to include additional services, although the SIN titles remain in effect.  The updated SIN descriptions are available in the MOBIS solicitation.  
You can access the MOBIS solicitation via fedbizopps, as follows:
https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=f5e89e55a8ea98f8b3b78278a914a2ca&tab=core&_cview=1

Questions regarding MOBIS SIN changes may be submitted to mobis@gsa.gov. Questions that pertain to a specific MOBIS contract may be directed to the Contract Specialist administering the contract.  That person is identified in the Contractor Information section on GSA eLibrary at www.gsaelibrary.gsa.gov.  
 

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