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Schedule 58 I: Join us for important training on the Formatted Product Tool (FPT)

Dear Schedule 58 I Valued Partner:

The General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) is planning to implement the Formatted Product Tool (FPT) across the GSA Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) program, beginning with Schedules 72 & 58 I  in July 2016.  

This tool will provide Schedule contractors with valuable information in terms of where their products are positioned in the marketplace, as well as contracting officers with data intelligence to use in their price evaluations and negotiations.   This increase in data analytics and transparency 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 immediately and can be purchased by our federal customers. Federal customers will have a more seamless shopping experience by being able to easily compare items on GSA Advantage! using standard part numbers, have increased insights into products and their pricing, and better data quality.

We encourage you to attend one of two scheduled webinars on this important change:

FPT Vendor Training Session #1

Date: June 29, 2016

Time: 1-3 pm ET

Registration Link: https://meet.gsa.gov/e8pcqvbfin1/event/registration.html

 

FPT Vendor Training Session #2

Date: July 13, 2016

Time: 11-12:30 pm ET

Registration Link: https://meet.gsa.gov/e9hcuyxnme8/event/registration.html

Webinars will be recorded live and posted on vsc.gsa.gov for your future reference.

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

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

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.

Thank you for your continued partnership with GSA!

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