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Draft Solicitation for Schedule 71; Solicitation: 3QSA-JB-100001-B; Refresh 22

DISCLAIMER: GSA FAS is posting this notification of a planned solicitation refresh or mass modification as a courtesy to industry. All comments on the attached DRAFT document must be submitted in the “Comments” section below within ten (10) business days of this posting. Comments provided elsewhere or after 10 business days will not be considered. GSA FAS will consider all relevant comments and make changes to the DRAFT as appropriate, but will not issue a formal response to industry comments or related inquiries. Interested parties should review the final version of the solicitation refresh or mass modification closely for additional changes made to this draft.
 

In conjunction with General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) Integrated Workplace Acquisition Center (IWAC) refresh for ALL schedules, GSA is also implementing a revision to Schedule 71; specifically to remove the following language under SIN 71 204 (Dormitory, Quarters and Residential Casegoods and Beds):

 

Language to be removed from Solicitation under SIN 71-204:

 

Mattresses and mattress/box spring sets will be accepted only if a complete corresponding-size bed item(s) is offered and accepted for contract. Note: Mattresses and mattress sets may only be sold with an accompanying bed unit.

 

New Language will read as:

 

71 204 -- Dormitory, Quarters and Residential Casegoods and Beds - Includes furniture pieces designed for household, quarters and dormitory use and made from a variety of materials including wood, metal, wood/metal, stone, and glass. Ready-to- assemble (RTA) versions of the furniture covered in this SIN will be acceptable. Residential dining room items that will be acceptable include, but are not limited to, dining and dinette tables, china cabinets, buffets, sideboards, servers, huntboards, baker’s racks, breakfronts, corner cupboards, etageres, curio/display cabinets. Acceptable casegoods include, but are not limited to, dressers (low and conventional height), chests, bureaus, low boys, high boys, vanities (including companion benches), nightstands, mirrors, wardrobes, clothing centers, clothes trees, hall trees, armoires, entertainment units, TV stands/cabinets, bookcases, wall units, curio cabinets, display pedestals, table desks, student desks, secretaries, home office type workstations, matching file cabinets, footlockers/blanket chests, tables including occasional, guest and game types. Tables designed for conference room use are not acceptable. Acceptable bed items include, but are not limited to, headboards, bed frames, headboard and footboard sets, bed rails, captains beds, bunk beds, wall beds, roll-about and other portable beds, bed accessories including bed steps, bedside stools and benches, blanket racks, underbed storage units, safety rails.

 

Language to be removed from eLibrary under SIN 71-204:

 

Mattresses and mattress/boxspring sets must only be purchased with an accompanying bed unit.

Customers are required to contact UNICOR (Federal Prison Industries, Inc.) when ordering mattresses without an accompanying bed unit.

 

New Language will read as:

 

71 204 -- - Dormitory, Quarters and Residential Casegoods and Beds – Furniture pieces designed for household, quarters and dormitory use and made from a variety of materials including wood, metal, wood/metal, stone, and/or glass. Ready-to- assemble (RTA) versions of the furniture are also available under this SIN. Residential dining room items include, but are not limited to, dining tables, china cabinets, buffets, sideboards, servers, huntboards, baker's racks, breakfronts, corner cupboards, etageres, and curio/display cabinets. Casegoods include, but are not limited to, dressers (low and conventional height), chests, bureaus, low boys, high boys, vanities (including companion benches), nightstands, mirrors, wardrobes, clothing centers, clothes trees, coat racks, hall trees, armoires, entertainment units, TV stands/cabinets, bookcases, wall units, table desks, student desks, secretaries, home office type workstations, matching file cabinets, and tables, including occasional, guest, dinette, and game types. Bed items include, but are not limited to, headboards, bed frames, headboard and footboard sets, bed rails, captain’s beds, bunk beds, wall beds, roll-about and other portable beds, bed accessories including bed steps, bedside stools and benches, blanket racks, underbed storage units, and safety rails. Notes: Bunk beds designed for household use comply with ASTM F-1427 Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Bunk Beds and have guardrails and ladder. Bunk beds designed for dormitory use by adults meet more stringent test requirements. Wall beds comply with the applicable performance and safety requirements. Mattresses comply with applicable flammability requirements.

 

Please leave any questions or feedback as a comment on this posting.  Thank you for your continued partnership.

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<p>Sirs,</p><p>I am representing QFMA (Quarters Furniture Manufacturer&#39;s Association) as president of the Association.&nbsp; Our members had a question: we are reading the SIN 71-204 New Language &quot;... Mattresses comply with applicble fammability requirements.&quot;&nbsp; We did not see any language or requirement to buy from UNICOR, AbilityOne, or JWOD.</p><p>Does GSA&#39;s current interpretation of the FAR have no requirement to buy from UNICOR?</p><p>or is a Government purchaser from GSA schedule still bound by&nbsp; FAR Subpart 8.6(a)(2)&nbsp; &quot;Prepare a written determination that includes supporting rationale explaining the assessment of price, quality, and time of delivery, based on the results of the market research comparing the FPI item to supplies available from the private sector&quot;?</p><p>Is there a requirement to buy mattresses from AbilityOne or JWOD?</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Thank you,</p><p>Allyn Richert, President QFMA</p>
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The proposed revisions to the Schedule 71 solicitation do not change the ordering procedures outlined in Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 8 or any other relevant guidance that applies to the use of the Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) program. The IWACenter determined that language regarding the use of mandatory sources should not be included within a Special Item Number (SIN) description since the procedures for utilizing mandatory Government sources are already outlined in the FAR.
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