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UPDATE: JanSan/AbilityOne® Small Business Partnership Session

UPDATE: Registration for this event will be closed at 5 p.m. today, June 3. For those who would like to participate, please sign up as we are only sending out the meeting link to those who are registered.

Have questions about meeting the Ability One requirement for the JanSan FSSI solution?  Many common questions can be answered on the AbilityOne website at http://www.abilityone.gov/distributors/potential.html. This link provides downloaded forms for application, clear instructions, A list and Essentially the Same (ETS) definition, and points of contact to work with at the Commission.

After reviewing the web content, if you still have questions, we invite you to join representatives from GSA , AbilityOne and National Industries for the Blind (NIB) for a virtual meeting on June 5, 2013 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm (EDT),  for a presentation from AbilityOne and a question and answer period. The session will provide a great opportunity for Small Businesses to learn more about AbilityOne and the process for becoming AbilityOne Certified.

We invite you to register for the session using this Registration Form by COB, Monday, June 3.

Please feel free to reach out to the JanSan Team here on GSA Interact or at fssi.jansan@gsa.gov if you have any questions or comments you would like to share.

GSA’s JanSan Team


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I have two questions. 1. Page 31 Item 4 states " Four, the inputs will result in a "category discount" this category discount applies to all." Does this mean that each bid will end up with a Category Discount that will be used to compare or rank the different bids received, or does this mean that the bidder in now required to use that as the discount that in it offer in the BPA? and Is that then the Discount that will be applied to Non-Basket Item? 2. Also on Page 31 it then states “Non-Market Basket items found in the contractor's schedule contract which are within the scope of this program may be offered as part of the contractors catalog” Exactly what items on our GSA schedule does this refer to? Is it like items made by different manufacture or is it any item that falls into that category. Example on the tool and tool cabinets pool. If we were award the BPA for this pool, does that mean every tool and tool cabinet on our GSA schedule will be decreased by the discount offer in the BPA, or does that mean every tool and tool cabinet made by the stated manufacture will be decreased by that amount? Can you be more specific on just what is considered a non basket item? Thank you for your time and assistance,
FSSI JanSan Blogger
<p>&nbsp;Q1 the contracting teams are still evaluating the best methodology to use for pricing both market basket items and non-market basket items.&nbsp; Q2. A non-market basket items are items on your Multiple Award Schedule contract that fall within a defined category but are not specifically listed in the market basket list of items. Thank you for your questions.&nbsp;</p>
<p>I would like to understand how the Average Discount Requirement will be applied to AbilityOne products. For example, if Product A is AblityOne at GSA price of $100 and average discount is 15%. Will the new price for Product a be $85?</p>
FSSI JanSan Blogger
<p>Thank you for your comments. &nbsp;Your feedback is greatly appreciated. &nbsp;Please remember that the draft RFQ proposed that the average discount was only being applied to the non-market basket items, those which you choose to include in your offer. &nbsp;&nbsp;To help answer AbilityOne questions. We are hosting a virtual JanSan/AbilityOne Small Business Partnership meeting on June 5. &nbsp;Registration is open until June 3.</p>
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