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Upcoming Solicitation Refresh #35 for 00CORP Professional Services Schedule (PSS): Incorporation of Changes to Proposal Instructions

The General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) is planning to refresh the 00CORP - Professional Services Schedule (PSS) on or around April 30, 2019.  This update will further streamline the PSS solicitation as follows:
Currently, there are four (4) versions of solicitation provision SCP-FSS-001 in the PSS solicitation:

·        SCP-FSS-001-N Instructions Applicable to New Offerors (applies to offerors not participating in the Transactional Data Reporting (TDR) pilot);

·        SCP-FSS-001-N Instructions Applicable to New Offerors (Alternate IV) (applies to offerors participating in the TDR pilot);

·        SCP-FSS-001-S Instructions Applicable to Successful FSS Program Contractors (applies to offerors not participating in the TDR pilot); and

·        SCP-FSS-001-S (Alternate II) (applies to offerors participating in the TDR pilot)

This has caused a lot of confusion for industry partners because it requires offerors to figure out which version of the provision applies to them and disregard the others.

A new version of SCP-FSS-001, which will be applicable to 00CORP - PSS offers only, will include the following changes:

  1. Combines all the requirements currently included in the four (4) versions of SCP-FSS-001,as described above.  The new version will be the only version that will be included in the solicitation.
  2. Provides additional clarifying language for proposal requirements, such as:
    1. Information to be provided with financial reports
    2. Corporate experience requirements
    3. Quality Control Plan instructions
    4. Economic Price Adjustment (EPA) methodology
    5. Commercial Sales Practices disclosures
  3. Removes requirements that are inapplicable to PSS offers, such as:
    1. AbilityOne Program Products
    2. Manufacturer Part numbers/UPCDs
    3. Frustrated Freight
  4. Prescribes specific proposal attachments and naming conventions for each proposal attachment submitted by the offeror.
  5. Includes two new solicitation attachments:
    1. Proposal Checklist (with Administrative, Technical, and Pricing Templates).  This provides a structured format for offerors to follow to ensure their proposal meets all solicitation instructions.
    2. Request to Hold Continuous Contracts  - This document applies to successful PSS contractors whose contracts are coming to the end of their 20 year contract period and who are seeking a follow-on PSS contract.  This document will facilitate submission of the Schedule ordering activity information that is needed to evaluate FSS Program Contractor request to hold continuous contracts for a period of time.

These changes will benefit GSA's industry partners by further streamlining the solicitation, providing offerors more tools to complete offers, and reducing the need for clarifications after the receipt of the offer, which will speed the offer evaluation process.

Clause changes (additions, deletions, and/or updates) and Wage Determination updates are anticipated in this refresh. The FAS Office of Policy and Compliance will be issuing a separate Interact post to describe these changes, and the changes will also be incorporated into this solicitation refresh.

A bi-lateral mass modification is expected to be issued to existing PSS contractors after the solicitation refresh is published; the mass modification will incorporate the clause changes and updated wage determinations. The anticipated period for acceptance for the mass modification is 60 days following GSA's issuance of the mass modification.

Please read Attachment 1, “00CORP - Professional Services Schedule Refresh #35 Draft Significant Changes” for an overview of the planned changes, including the proposed solicitation provision changes.  

Please read Attachment 2, “00CORP - Professional Services Schedule Refresh #35 Draft New Proposal Attachments,” for the new attachments that will be incorporated into Refresh #35.

GSA FAS will host a public webinar to provide interested parties an opportunity to learn about the updates to the solicitation.  The webinar will be in a listen-only format with the ability for participants to type questions via an online chat function. The webinar information is provided below.

 Date:  April 4, 2019

 Time:   1:00 - 2:00 pm Eastern (10:00 - 11:00 am Pacific)

 Registration Link:  https://meet.gsa.gov/et3ej66uhu3o/event/registration.html

Please leave any questions or feedback as a comment on this posting. Thank you for your continued partnership.

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 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.

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