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GSA Hosts Roundtable to Discuss How the Transactional Data Rule (TDR) Improves Government Purchasing

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On February 7, 2017 GSA hosted a roundtable event to discuss GSA’s new Transactional Data Rule and how it will impact the federal and industry communities. The TDR Rule is being piloted on select GSA Schedules and requires contractors to submit monthly reports, including detailed information for all sales made under a company’s GWACs, GSA Schedule contracts, and other Governmentwide IDIQs. Contractors who provide this information are no longer required to disclose their commercial sales practices nor are they subject to certain requirements under the Price Reduction Clause.

This first-of-its kind roundtable discussion, hosted by the FAS Office of the Commissioner and the MAS Program Office, featured speakers representing procurement leadership from both government and industry, to discuss how the recently published TDR Rule impacts the federal and private sectors:

  • Kevin Youel Page, GSA’s FAS Deputy Commissioner
  • Judith Zawatsky, GSA’s Director, MAS Program Management Office
  • Elliott Branch, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Acquisition & Procurement)
  • Larry Allen, President of Allen Federal Business Partners

Some key takeaways from the event asserted the importance of using transactional data to understand and manage the government’s buying habits.  The TDR Rule is just one strategy in the category management framework. Through TDR, GSA’s goals are to:

  • Support category management & promote smarter buying
  • Save money and pass on savings to the taxpayer
  • Reduce contractor and contracting officer burden
  • Increase transparency into federal acquisition
  • Be a proactive federal partner to give our customers the information they need
  • Lower barriers for businesses entering the market, which is especially important for our small business partners

After the first year, GSA will assess the success of the pilot by looking at the impact on Schedules overall, how category management teams use the data to inform better buying strategies, small business participation, and overall socioeconomic impact.

Overall the event proved to be very informative and interactive.  If you would like more information regarding the TDR Rule and training access visit: https://vsc.gsa.gov/administration/fasSalesTransition.cfm

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