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<div>As a GSA schedule holder, I have seen a, increase in awards in the IT 70 category that contain requirements that can only fulfilled from different SINs. An example, is a Contracting Officer will issue an award for an IT 70 project under SIN 132-51 for systems design, but a major portion of the award is for managed services and infrastructure that is clearly offered under SIN 132-52. The infrastructure and managed serves are not even offered in the schedule of the contractor who was awarded Prime. The Prime will subcontract with a vendor in the commercial market to provide the services they do not offer.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In referring to www.gsa.gov/contractorteamarrangements it clear that for a Prime/subcontractor arrangement &ldquo;The prime contractor is limited to the supplies and/or services awarded on its GSA Schedule contract. If this does not exist, then a CTA is required. On the flip side, a GSA schedule holder cannot enter into subcontract with a Prime for items not offered on the Prime&rsquo;s schedule.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The Prime will approach a GSA Schedule holder who offers items under SIN 132-52 to offer the services under a sub-contract. To be compliant, the potential sub will request that a CTA be entered into or that the items must be obtained from the commercial price list, since GSA pricing cannot be offered to commercial clients. The Prime refuses both and moves on until they find someone who they can sub with.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>This process by the Primes and the lack of understanding on the part of the Contracting Officers concerning CTA&rsquo;s is eliminating holders of SIN 132-52 from participation in these awards.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In CAV visits, it is stressed that it is a serious violation of offer items not on the contractors GSA schedule and even more egregious of offer items or services in a completely different SIN.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>It appears the Contracting officers do not do their due diligence and just issue awards. How can this issue best be addressed?</div><div>&nbsp;</div>
MAS Blogger
<p>All items quoted under a Multiple Award Schedule order must be available on a contractor&#39;s GSA Schedule contract--whether a CTA or Non-CTA. Any items not on Schedule must be clearly marked as &quot;Open Market&quot; items and must be addressed by the Contracting Officer making award.</p>
<p><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11pt; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;"><font color="#000000">If you compete a GSA Schedule order, over the SAT, on a lowest price, technically acceptable basis, are you still required to request a price reduction as discussed under FAR 8.405-4, Price reductions?&nbsp;<span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span></font></span></p>
MAS Blogger
<p>While ordering activities are encouraged to seek price reductions for any size Schedule contract order, they are <em>required </em>to seek price reductions if an order requirement &nbsp;<em>exceeds the simplified acquisition threshold</em>. (even an LPTA order). In response to the ordering activity&#39;s request for a price reduction, the contractor may or may not elect to offer a lower price than their Schedule contract price.</p>
<p>&nbsp;</p><p>Information on a New FAR Service Contracts Reporting (SCR) requirement due 10/31/14 was recently posted on the IAE community board (https://interact.gsa.gov/document/new-far-service-contracts-reporting-scr-requirements). It states that&nbsp;SCR is required for all service contracts that contain FAR clauses 52.204-14 or 52.204-15. Recent GSA solicitation refreshes / mass modifications added FAR clause 52.204-15 SERVICE CONTRACT REPORTING REQUIREMENTS FOR INDEFINITE-DELIVERY CONTRACTS (JAN 2014). Can you confirm if all GSA Schedule contractors providing services are now subject to this SCR reporting requirement due 10/31/14 in SAM?</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>
MAS Blogger
<p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Yes, those schedule contractors that have contracts with clause 52.204-15 are subject to the clause and applicable reporting requirements.</span></p>
<p>Hi, if you could help me with asome questions I would greatly appreciate it. I&#39;m very new to GSA, so these questions might sound very basic.</p><p>I&#39;m currently working on my soliciation for 03FAC working under SIN 811-005 (HVAC) &nbsp;how and where would I list parts that I might use to complete a service call.</p><p>For example, I get called out for a job and I perform a service call to determine the problem. My labor rate would be under 811-005, correct? If I determined that it was a leak in the coil and I need to replace the coil with a new one from the manufacturer, Is the labor for removing and installing the new coil fall under 003-97 Ancillary service and repairs, and then would purchasing the new coil under 003-100 Ancillary supplies?&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>When I did my solicitation it stated that I needed to address how the supplies would be procured, I wasn&#39;t sure about this because we have an infinite amount of supplies from various brands and the prices change, since we purchase from &nbsp;a dealer how is that worded in a contract?&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Thanks!</p>
MAS Blogger
<div>Our National Customer Service Center can put you in touch with the proper Schedule POC, Phone: 1-800-488-3111, E-mail: mashelpdesk@gsa.gov</div><div>I would look at similar contractors&#39; pricelists on GSA eLibrary and see how they break out their labor and products:</div><div><a href="http://www.gsaelibrary.gsa.gov/ElibMain/sinDetails.do?scheduleNumber=03FAC&amp;specialItemNumber=811+005&amp;executeQuery=YES">http://www.gsaelibrary.gsa.gov/ElibMain/sinDetails.do?scheduleNumber=03FAC&amp;specialItemNumber=811+005&amp;executeQuery=YES</a></div><div>When you turn in your solicitation, a GSA Schedule Contracting Officer will review and point out any items that need correcting.</div>
<p>We hold a medical supply FSS contract (schedule 65IIA) and are a small business. &nbsp;Most of the products we provide are manufactured by large businesses. &nbsp;In the &quot;AC 023 Basic Contracting for GSA Schedules&quot; webinar held on 6/5/14 did I understand correctly that we can accept small business set aside orders even when providing these products manufactured by large businesses, even when FAR 52.219-6 is included?</p>
MAS Blogger
<p>The Non-Manufacturer Rule (NMR) does apply to Schedule orders set-aside for small business. The NMR requires that a small business performing under a set-aside contract/order must provide the product of a small business manufacturer.</p>
What would be the best answer to this question to a RFQ: We are a small business interested in providing a proposal on the above mentioned RFQ. Will you be accepting open market quotes?
MAS Blogger
<p>Not sure on the whole context of this question. But it sounds like a small business vendor that is NOT on Schedule wants to be able to submit a quote for a GSA Schedules RFQ. If a RFQ is posted for GSA Schedule holders, then ONLY quotes from vendors with a Schedule contract can submit. Don&#39;t mix FAR 8.4 (Schedules) and FAR 15 (Open Market) procurements. GSA Schedules Desk Reference Guidelines: <a href="http://www.gsa.gov/masdeskreference">www.gsa.gov/masdeskreference</a></p>
I just recently saw the training video with Tommy Benton, on Schedules vs Open market all 11 Videos were great, is there a manual for this yet?
MAS Blogger
<div>Student guides for training are listed here: <a href="http://gsa.gov/portal/content/141427">http://gsa.gov/portal/content/141427</a> and the MAS Desk Reference is a great overall guide to Schedules: <a href="http://www.gsa.gov/masdeskreference">www.gsa.gov/masdeskreference</a></div>
<p>I attended the Multiple Award Schedules Training webinar on 2/6/14. After the course, I am now educated on what a GSA Schedule does and is but I am still unclear on some things.</p><p>I work for an 8(a) graduated, minority-owned small business that has been servicing government and commercial facilities alike since 1997. According to my knowledge, my company has obtained a GSA Schedule and we do not know how to use it. We often find a majority of our opportunities to bid on on FedBizOpps. Now we&#39;d like to locate opportunities with the schedule.</p>
MAS Blogger
<p>Please check out Marketing Matters here:&nbsp;<a href="https://interact.gsa.gov/groups/contractor-success">https://interact.gsa.gov/groups/contractor-success</a> &nbsp;It&#39;s a great resource for vendors!</p>
Steve Pavelsky
We are trying to conclude a Option 2 Contract Renewal. Advised on Wed. AM 1/15/14 that GSA eMod was experiencing ("MASS Problems affecting a broad range of vendors"). On Friday 1/17/14 AM we were advised that the eMod contractor was "issuing an Emergency
MAS Blogger
<p>Matters relating to contract Mods are best handled and answered by your Contracting Officer. If you are not sure who your contracting officer is, and are on GSA Schedule, you can look it up on GSA eLibrary:&nbsp;<span style="background-color: rgb(206, 213, 232); color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 16px;"><a href="http://www.gsa.gov/elibrary">www.gsa.gov/elibrary</a>.&nbsp;</span></p>
<p>I just attended the webinar on GSA Schedules and eBuy on 10/31/13. I have a few questions:</p><p>1) The tilte of Slide 9 includes the words &quot;Does not Require an SOW&quot;. However, under the &quot;Exceeds SAT&quot; category it mentions an RFQ. Wouldn&#39;t an RFQ require an SOW?</p><p>2) On slide 10 it states that Schedules are faster and easier. My question is &#39;faster and easier than what? I do not know what the alternative to a Schedules contract or RFQ is.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Thank you,</p>
MAS Blogger
<div>Ordering activities must use the procedures in Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 8.405-1 when ordering Schedule contract supplies (products) and fixed-price services for a specific task, where a Statement of Work (SOW) is not required &mdash; e.g., installation, maintenance, and repair.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Ordering activities must use the procedures in FAR 8.405-2, Ordering Procedures for Services Requiring a Statement of Work (SOW); e.g., when ordering Schedule contract services priced at hourly rates.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Visit&nbsp;<a href="http://gsa.gov/portal/content/199145">http://gsa.gov/portal/content/199145</a>&nbsp;to learn more.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>GSA Schedules are &quot;faster and easier&quot; than doing &nbsp;a FAR Part 15 type of negotiated acquisition, involving source selection processes and techniques.</div>
<p>RE Schedule 70 reference to www.gsa.gov/contractorteamarrangements, it states &ldquo;The prime contractor is limited to the supplies and/or services awarded on its GSA Schedule contract.&rdquo;&nbsp; What is the GSA clause or regulation that dictates this.</p><p>Also I believe a schedule holder cannot offer services not within their SIN and not on their schedule. What is the clauses or regulation that controls this</p>
Steve Sizemore
<p>There is no clause or regulation that specifically addresses these questions. &nbsp;It is pretty straightforward though - a contractor cannot sell what has not been awarded on their contract. &nbsp;A GSA Schedule contract is a bona fide contract with the federal government, whereby the contractor is offering products and services to authorized ordering activities. &nbsp;As stated, a contractor cannot offer something under the contract that has not been awarded by the GSA contracting officer. &nbsp;</p>
<p>When a Prime has a BPA with the Government and it has both Teammates (that use their own GSA Schedules, pay their own IFF, etc.) and Subcontractors (that use only the Prime&#39;s GSA Schedules), what is the proper contract vehicle between the Prime and a Teammate?&nbsp; Is it required to be a CTA only or can any contract-type arrangement be used (i.e. an IDIQ agreement, a typical/standard subcontract agreement, etc.)?</p><p>For this scenario, I have ben told that a CTA is highly recommended, but not required, but I have also been told that a CTA is a mandatory requirement and not optional if the Teammate is using their own GSA schedule.</p>
MAS Blogger
<div>When two or more GSA Schedule holders partner together to provide a solution to the government there must be an agreement between those companies on the responsibilities, duration of agreement, team ordering procedures, etc. (<a href="http://gsa.gov/portal/content/202253">See key elements of a CTA</a>). The government is buying the services of the team and should always review a signed copy of the CTA so they understand what they are buying. &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Here are a few key points on CTAs:&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>1. &nbsp;Each contractor must have their own Schedule contract. &nbsp;</div><div>2. &nbsp;Each contractor will sell to the government their own products or services, not those of another contractor. &nbsp;</div><div>3. &nbsp;It is not a prime/sub arrangement.&nbsp;</div><div>4. &nbsp;The government maintains privity of contract with each contractor.&nbsp;</div><div>5. &nbsp;The CTA agreement is a business arrangement between the contractors. &nbsp;The government does not get involved in it, nor is the government a party to the CTA agreement.&nbsp;</div><div>6. &nbsp;The contractor&#39;s should submit a signed copy of the CTA agreement with the proposal. &nbsp;Each contractor should sign the agreement.&nbsp;</div><div>7. &nbsp;The government should evaluate the agreement and understand its content, the responsibilities of each party, etc. &nbsp;Remember, the government is buying the services of the Team so they need to know what you buying.&nbsp;</div><div>8. &nbsp;Teams usually designate a team leader and the government issues the order to the team leader. &nbsp;The team leader will disburse funds, which should be stated in the CTA agreement.&nbsp;</div><div>9. &nbsp;The government should annotate on the order that this is a Schedules CTA and list team members in the description box (on a continuation page).&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>While there is nothing to make it mandatory, the government should never issue an order to a team without seeing the CTA. Most government agencies require a signed copy of the team arrangement and evaluate it. A CTA not only protects the government, but also protects the contractors.</div><div><br /><div>See key elements of a CTA:&nbsp;<a href="http://gsa.gov/portal/content/202253">http://gsa.gov/portal/content/202253</a></div></div>
<p><span style="color: rgb(76, 76, 76); font-family: Arial, 'Arial Unicode MS', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px;">Could you please advise if the Prompt Payment Discount Terms offered on a Schedule can be modified on individual Task Orders ? &nbsp;Thanks&nbsp;</span></p>
MAS Blogger
<div style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: arial; font-size: small;">The short answer is &#39;yes&#39;. Discounts for early payment may be offered either in the original offer or on individual invoices submitted under completed task orders. Discounts offered will be taken by the Government if payment is made within the discount period specified. Discounts that are included in offers become a part of the resulting contracts and are binding on the Contractor for all orders placed under the contract. Discounts offered only on individual invoices will be binding on the Contractor only for the particular invoice on which the discount is offered. In connection with any discount offered for prompt payment, time shall be computed from the date of the invoice. For the purpose of computing the discount earned, payment shall be considered to have been made on the date which appears on the payment check or the date on which an electronic funds transfer was made.</div>
<p>To clarify, if a soliciation is less than the SAT, FAR 13 procedure is mandated to be utilized? and if so, how does the CO determine that it will fall below the SAT prior to recieving responses to the solicitation? are these grounds that would open solicitation for a protest?</p>
MAS Blogger
<div>This question is best answered by reading the Ordering Procedures for GSA Schedules. It contains instructions for &quot;orders exceeding the micro-purchase threshold but not exceeding the simplified acquisition threshold&quot;--see FAR Subpart 8.405 &nbsp;Ordering procedures for Federal Supply Schedules: <a href="http://www.acquisition.gov/Far/current/html/Subpart%208_4.html">http://www.acquisition.gov/Far/current/html/Subpart%208_4.html</a></div>
<p><span style="color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 14px;">Our Schedule 56 contracted price has always been equal to our commercial most favored customer + the iff. The contracting officer for only one of our contracts (Schedule 56) is now telling us that we need to make our gov sell + iff be equal to, or less than, our most favored customer. We&#39;ve been doing it the same way for 9 years and this same contracting officer has signed off on it for the last two. Where are the guidelines that spell out pricing requirements and the iff? &nbsp;Not just guidelines about the iff itself? &nbsp;I&#39;m pretty desparate to resolve this issue.</span></p>
MAS Blogger
<p>Hi @SpecialMade, this is a contracting question best answered by your contracting officer. Additional point of contact for Schedule 56 is here:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gsa.gov/portal/content/104128">http://www.gsa.gov/portal/content/104128</a></p>
Could you please advise when a combined "Or Equal" and Name Brand Justification solicitation can be utilized and where I can find it in the FAR?
MAS Blogger
<p>Lots of good info here--visit &#39;Use of Brand Specifications&#39;: <a href="http://www.gsa.gov/portal/content/200417">http://www.gsa.gov/portal/content/200417</a></p>
Nykoal West
<p>In the Advance Search, you can sort by NSN/mfr part number, Product name, Manufacturer name, Contractor name, Contract number, and Price.&nbsp; How do I narrow down the list to top selling products?</p>
<p>Hi,</p><p>Is there any way out to find the information about Top selling products and Brands through GSA or to&nbsp;Federal Govt.</p><p>Thanks in Advance,</p><p>Shane</p>
MAS Blogger
<p>Hi Shane: While there is no way of finding &quot;Top Selling&quot; products and services. You can do advanced searches on:&nbsp;https://www.gsaadvantage.gov</p>
Tami Dockendorf
<p>Does a schedule holder have to be awarded ALL of the SIN&#39;s referenced in the category section of eBuy in order to bid on an opportunity? More specifically, SIN 871 100 on the 03FAC schedule is so vague, that it appears to be thrown into solicitations as a back-up plan for the contracting officer if they aren&#39;t sure which SIN to use for their opportunity.</p>
Steve Sizemore
<p>Not necessarily, but it is incumbent upon both the ordering activiy and the contractor to ensure that the work being performed is within scope of the Schedule contract. &nbsp;In some cases, with a broad Statement of Work (SOW), the requirement may involve more than one Schedule. &nbsp;However, a contractor should only perform the portion of the work that falls within the scope of their respective contract. Some companies hold multiple contracts and could submit a quote with combination of services from each of their contracts. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5em;">One way a firm can broaden its capabilities is to partner, or team, with other GSA contractors. &nbsp;See </span><a href="http://www.gsa.gov/cta" style="line-height: 1.5em;">www.gsa.gov/cta</a><span style="line-height: 1.5em;"> for more information on teaming. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5em;">If an ordering activity contracting officer is unsure where the requirement fits, they should contact GSA for a scope review of the SOW.&nbsp;</span></p>
<p>What are the qualifications/ requirements for a MAS FSSI BPA?&nbsp; I understand that a normal BPA is initiated by the ordering agency is it the same for the MAS FSSI BPA&#39;s?</p>
Steve Sizemore
<p>GSA competed the FSSI BPAs against the applicable Schedules IAW FAR 8.405-3. &nbsp;Companies cannot be added to the FSSI BPAs unless GSA decides to add additional BPA holders or establish new BPAs for different commodity or service types through a BPA competition. &nbsp;</p>
<p>I am having trouble locating information on how to start the process of procuring a DoD contract - I currently am in the process of submitting my proposal for a GSA schedule award - I have searched the GSA site, the DoD site (tells me to check the GSA site!), and good ole&#39; Google! Any suggestions would be much appreciated, thanks.</p>
<p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Go to Febbizopps and look at the DoD opportunities.&nbsp; If you see something that is in your line of work, you can bid on that opportunity.&nbsp; Unlike GSA, DoD does not have a schedules program and each DoD organization puts out solicitation for various opportunities through Fedbizopps.&nbsp; However, if you have a GSA contract, it is usually easier to acquire a DoD contract.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>
MAS Blogger
<p>&nbsp;</p><div>Getting on GSA Schedule is a great first step. Once you have a GSA Schedule you can market yourself to Federal Agencies and the Department of Defense. This resource&nbsp;helps current GSA Schedule contract holders successfully market themselves. <em>Schedules Contractor Success - Marketing Matters!</em> https://interact.gsa.gov/groups/contractor-success</div><div>&nbsp;</div>
<p>What are CLP credits, and how do you know if you need them?</p>
MAS Blogger
<p>&nbsp;</p><div>Continuous learning augments education,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5em;">training, and experience standards established&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5em;">for the Defense Acquisition Workforce and Federal Government. Many government employees strive to earn CLP credits to maintain certification in contracting requirements.</span></div>
<p>We have had a couple of Micro Purchase Card orders placed on GSA Advantage have the wrong, technically unacceptable&nbsp;items,&nbsp;delivered&nbsp;as&nbsp;substitutions without prior notification of the substitution.&nbsp; This causes quite a bit of unnecessary work.&nbsp; Is there a requirement for the vendor to request approval prior to shipping a substitute product?&nbsp; Is this something that we should be reporting to GSA and if so, where do we send a report?</p><p>One example is that we ordered some scanners by specific model to be used in secured areas.&nbsp; The vendor shipped a newer model that included wireless capability.&nbsp; We had to contact the vendor and have them process a pre-paid return of the scanners.</p>
Steve Sizemore
<p>There is no provision that allows a contractor to substitute items. &nbsp;They must sell the item that is on the contract. &nbsp;The ordering activity may reject the order if the correct item is not received.&nbsp;</p>
<p>Is there any specific guidance on this site (or anywhere else) that distinguishes between the types of communications an agency can have with quoters under part 8?&nbsp; Specifically, I am wondering when those communications &quot;cross the line&quot; and will be viewed by GAO as a part 15 discussion.&nbsp; There seems to be a lot of confusion out there, and I&#39;m wondering if anyone has put together solid examples of each with an explanantion of where the line is drawn?</p>
MAS Blogger
<p>&nbsp;</p><div><span style="line-height: 1.5em;">Hi Brian: This excellent presentation given at last year&#39;s GSA Expo should answer your questions. View Tommy Benton, Senior Procurement Analyst, MAS Program Office, give a presentation on the differences between conducting a procurement under GSA Schedules as contrasted with doing a &quot;full and open&quot; procurement&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5em;">(Part 15)</span><span style="line-height: 1.5em;">. Procedures and terminology are discussed as well as &quot;do&#39;s and don&#39;ts&quot; when procuring under FAR 8.4.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5em;">&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gsa.gov/portal/content/210517">http://www.gsa.gov/portal/content/210517</a></span></div>
<p>how can a MAS Schedule contractor at its own iniate for BPA?</p><p>Is it possible for a MAS Schedule contractor to initiate a BPA at its own without inquiry from an agency. If so, how..</p>
MAS Blogger
<p>Only customer agencies can establish BPAs,&nbsp;<a href="http://gsa.gov/portal/content/199393">http://gsa.gov/portal/content/199393</a></p>


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