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IMPORTANT UPDATE: GSA Discontinues the Formatted Product Tool (FPT)

The General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) has decided to discontinue the Formatted Product Tool (FPT) and will begin reverting contracts that were awarded through the FPT process or opted into FPT via a modification in the next few months.

 

FPT has only been rolled out to three schedules:

  • Schedule 58 I – Professional Audio/Video Telemetry/Tracking, Recording/Reproducing, and Signal Data Solutions
  • Schedule 72 – Furnishing and Floor Coverings
  • Schedule 66 – Scientific Equipment and Services.

If you do not have a contract award on one of these three Schedules, this notice does not apply to you.

Why is FAS implementing this change?  FPT was initially conceived as an enhancement to eOffer/eMod to streamline the data loading and verification processes for vendors and contracting officers by capturing pricing/catalog data in a formatted manner and then transmitting that data downstream into an offer or mod and then, eventually, directly into GSA Advantage!.  

After the implementation of FPT to the three Schedules noted above, FAS determined there was mixed success from a user experience perspective. Vendors participating in FPT indicated to us that the current process is cumbersome and, in some cases, extremely time consuming - especially for vendors with large catalogs.  Additionally, vendors experienced frustration in the time required to address catalog data validation as a result of the FPT process.

As a result, FPT will be rolled back and vendors will be reverted to the legacy SIP/CORs process for managing and loading catalog data into GSA Advantage!.  Vendors will continue to utilize eOffer/eMod for submission of offers and modifications but without the formatted templates from FPT.

This change will require a refresh to the three solicitations noted above as well as issuance of a mass modification to remove FPT-specific clauses and replace them with the legacy versions where applicable.  

FAS is committed to continuing to identify a new approach to achieving the original value proposition of FPT.  

Significant Changes: - See Significant changes Document attached below.   

Various FPT-specific clauses will be deleted from the contract and replaced with the appropriate current non-FPT version. Additionally, clause changes may also include, where appropriate, necessary updates to current versions of clauses not related to the FPT rollback. Vendors are urged to carefully review the significant changes document for any potential changes to their solicitation / contract.    

 

FPT Rollback Vendor Training Session #1

Date: September 19th, 2018

Time:  1:00 - 2:00 pm ET

Room Login URL:  https://meet.gsa.gov/schedules/

 

Enter as ‘Guest’ unless you are a GSA Employee (no passcode needed)

You can listen on your computer audio, or the phone bridge-line

 

US (Toll):  1-719-325-2013

US (Toll Free):  1-866-928-2008

Participant Code:  749635

 

After a brief explanation of the rollback, participants will be able to chat questions to the presenters for answers in real time. A complete set of the questions and answers will be posted after the webinar.  

Please see the attached documents for more information and post comments below.

 

ATTACHMENTS:

 

(1) Significant Changes Document

(2) System Process Information

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 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 comments 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 solicitation refresh or mass modification closely for additional changes made to this DRAFT.

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