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Draft Solicitation 3QSA-LV-100002-B for Schedule 72 Refresh 15

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.


Summary of Planned Changes:


1.     Removal of Pathways to Success training requirement for streamlined offers

FAS has removed requirement to complete the Pathways to Success training for successful FSS contractors submitting new offers under the streamlined offer process.  Offerors must meet all of the criteria identified in SCP-FSS-001-S in order to be eligible to submit a streamlined offer.

The following provision will be UPDATED:

●      SCP-FSS-001-S Instructions Applicable to Successful FSS Program Contractors (MAR 2016)


2.     New Designated Countries - Montenegro & New Zealand

DoD, GSA, and NASA issued a final rule (effective February 1, 2016) amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to add Montenegro and New Zealand as new designated countries under the World Trade Organization Government Procurement Agreement (WTO GPA) and update the list of parties to the Agreement on Trade in Civil Aircraft.  Additional details, including changes to FAR clauses, are available in the Federal Register.

The following clauses will be UPDATED:

●      52.212-5 Contract Terms and Conditions Required to Implement Statutes or Executive Orders -- Commercial Items (FEB 2016)  (ALT II - DEC 2015)

●      52.222-19 Child Labor -- Cooperation with Authorities and Remedies (FEB 2016)

●      52.225-5 Trade Agreements (FEB 2016)


3.     Prohibition on contracting with entities that require certain internal confidentiality agreements

In 2015, GSA’s Senior Procurement Executive issued a class deviation that implements Section 743 of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 (Pub. L. 113-235) for GSA contracting activities. Section 743 prohibits agencies from obligating funds to entities that require their employees (or subcontractors) to sign internal confidentiality agreements (or similar documents) that restrict them from lawfully reporting waste, fraud, or abuse.  MAS solicitations will include the provision and clause below to implement this policy until the FAR has been updated to include these requirements.


The following clause will be ADDED:

●      52.203-98, Prohibition on Contracting with Entities that Require Certain Internal Confidentiality Agreements—Representation (FEB 2015) (DEVIATION 2015-02)

The following provision will be ADDED:

●      52.203-99, Prohibition on Contracting with Entities that Require Certain Internal Confidentiality Agreements (FEB 2015) (DEVIATION 2015-02)


4.     FAR clause and provision updates through Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2005-86

Additional FAR provision and clause revisions and additions, including those outlined in FAC numbers 2005-85 and 2005-86, will be incorporated into the refresh and mass modification, as applicable. Refer to the FACs, available at https://www.acquisition.gov/?q=far_archives, for additional details and a complete list of updated provisions/clauses.


See attached document for further information.



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