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IMPORTANT UPDATE: GSA to Continue Rollout of the Formatted Product Tool (FPT) with Solicitation Refreshes and Mass Mods for Schedule 66

DISCLAIMER: GSA FAS is posting this notification of a planned solicitation refresh or mass modifiction as a courtesy to industry. All comments on the attached DRAFT document should be submitted in the 'Comments" section below within ten (10) business days of this posting. Comments provided elsewhere or after 10 business days may not be considered. GSA FAS will consider all relevant commets and may 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 solictation refresh or mass modifiction closely for additional changes made to this DRAFT.

The General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) is planning to continue implementation of the Formatted Product Tool (FPT) across the GSA Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) program, starting with Schedule 66 soon.

Why is FAS implementing this change?

Thousands of suppliers offer millions of items through the MAS program. These items have part numbers, descriptions, and price points that are then made available to the customer on GSA Advantage! However, decades of growth in the MAS Program and dramatic increases in the number and variety of items available through MAS is driving changes to how these items are represented and priced.

This tool will provide Schedule contractors with valuable inofrmation in terms of where their products are positioned in the marketplace, and it will also provide contracting officers data intelligence to use in their price evaluations and negotiations. This increase in data analytics andt ransparency will also help contracting officers (COs) do their jobs more efficiently, saving all parties time and money. COs will still exercise their discretion in determining fair and reasonable pricing; FPT helps them do that faster.

FPT is not a separate application - it is a systems upgrade that will be activated within the existing eOffer and eMod platforms for certain Schedules. FPT is a pivotal enhancement for the MAS supplier base removing the cumbersome and redundant SIP and CORS processes, and through an automatic upload of products and prices, improves speed to market on GSA Advantage! so items are seen immeditely and can be purchased by our federal customers.  Federal cstomers will have a more seamless shopping experience and be able to easily compare items on GSA Advantage! using stadard part numbers, as well as have increased insights into products and their pricing, and better data quality.

Schedules 58I - Professional Audio/Video and 72 - Furnishings and Floo Coverings were rolled out in mid-July 2016. The rollout is continuing with Schedule 66 in December 2017.

INTERACTIVE FPT HELP TOOL

https://eoffer.gsa.gov/AMSupport/index.html#article_article_page/additions-009

VENDOR TRAINING

GSA will be providing webinar training in addition to an Interact advance notice prior to the Schedule refresh. Details are provided below.

Date: November 16, 2017

Time: 1-3 pm ET

Registration Link:

https://meet.gsa.gov/e43tg6p16p6/event/event_info.html

Please ee the attached document for more information. Post comments below.

ATTACHMENTS: Significant changes document; External FPT FAQ; External FPT Fact Sheet

 

 

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KellyPBailey

The registration link is misspelled. Change the r to a t in html.

MAS Blogger

Thank you - the registration link has been updated.

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