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  • MAS Blogger
    Please fill out your respective survey today (scroll down for Industry survey)! Surveys close February 20, 2015!
     
     
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  • Brad deMers
    Dated:  09/02/2014 As one of several professional services category initiatives, GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) will be working to improve its professional services Schedule offerings.  A first step in this initiative will be to consolidate Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) services offerings. This discussion provides information about why FAS believes this is necessary and the next steps FAS will be taking.
     
     
    gerihaworth
    And another....Q: If a contracting office wants to release a solicitation through a current schedule – for example, LOGWORLD – what is the latest date they can do so? Suppose, for example, that GSA begins migration in January, Company A...Read More
    cfairchild
    QUESTION:Two questions regarding companies that have two or more GSA Schedules that are being migrated:1.  Which contract end date will pevail? 2.  Which size will preval for conractors that may have  different size (due to the varyig...Read More
    GSAMaven
    Will there be any webinars regarding the change, if so can you provide the link?
    gerihaworth
    GSAMaven:We plan on conducting another webinar in February (date TBD).  Please send an email to kathy.jocoy@gsa.gov and she will place you on the invite list.If you wish to see the powerpoint presentation from webinar held 12/1/2014 please go to:...Read More
    gerihaworth
    Q:  Now that we have started our migrations and industry is hearing more and more about Professional Services Schedule consolidation effort, we have had an increase in questions from single schedule contract holders.  The big question? ...Read More
  • MAS Blogger
    GSA/FAS Office of Acquisition Management (QV), MAS Program Office is hosting a vendor forum. The Forum will focus on major MAS program policy initiatives and provide a venue for industry and FAS to dialog on what program enhancements are necessary to maintain and ensure the future vitality of the MAS program. Location: In-person meeting at GSA Headquarters Building, 1800 F Street, NW, Washington, DC. Start Time:     11/17/2014   8:30 AM End Time:      11/17/2014   4:00 PM Time Zone:    Eastern Time (US) Registration Limit:    25
     
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  • MAS Blogger
    What is the NMR? The Non-Manufacturer rule allows a small business to offer a product that it did not manufacturer under a small business set-aside if SBA has offered a waiver.  The NMR is an exception to the standard requirement that the contractor must perform at least 50 percent of the cost of manufacturing products (not including the cost of material) on a supply contract.  In other words, it allows a contractor that is not the manufacturer to supply products that come from a small business manufacturer located in the United States.
     
    Last Activity 11/12/2014 8:09 AM
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    CMA2013PJS
    This is a well done explanation of the NMR; however, I have a question.  On the standard SF1449 form in Block #10 there is a check box that says "SET ASIDE: _______% FOR:".  Assuming that the "SMALL BUSINESS" box is checked...Read More
    MAS Blogger
    For Block #10 on a SF1449 form, you must check either the “Unrestricted” or the “Set-Aside” boxes, depending on the extent of competition that you are seeking.  You must also insert the applicable North American Industry...Read More
    Clause4Alarm
    "...can supply the product of any domestic business." If obtaining a set-aside through the GSA schedule would the contract total value take precedence over the order value and therefore allow teh Buy American Act be superceded bt the TAA, which...Read More
    MAS Blogger
    The Trade Agreements Act (TAA) and the Buy American Act applies to all Schedule contracts and orders.  Buy American Acthttp://www.gsa.gov/portal/forms/download/114174 Trade Agreements Acthttp://www.gsa.gov/MASDESKTOP/section3_10.html
  • MAS Blogger
    The GSA Senior Procurement Executive Jeff Koses has signed a class deviation to Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 51. This class deviation allows contracting officers to authorize all GSA contractors, who are performing on a time-and-material or labor-hour basis, to purchase ancillary supplies and services from Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) contractors or process requisitions through the GSA Global Supply Program. This class deviation is valid for five (5) years from 10/23/2014.   
     
    Last Activity 11/6/2014 10:53 AM
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    davidno
    Please help me understand what this changes, in practical terms, from the FAR 51 Deviation that has been around for some time. Or, this just an extension of the same rule for another five years?
    MAS Blogger
    The FAR 51 Deviation is an extension of the same rule.
  • MAS Blogger
    GSA is pleased to announce that One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS) is fully open for business, clearing the path forwar
     
    Last Activity 9/3/2014 11:33 AM
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  • MAS Blogger
    GSA is embarking on several initiatives to improve the quality of our offerings on Multiple Award Schedules (MAS). As such, we are seeking strong collaboration with our industry partners to help us improve product number data quality on MAS through submission of all awarded base products and associated descriptive data on GSA Advantage.  The anticipated outcome of this effort is to provide agencies with quality, meaningful, and complete data to better search and compare products.
     
    Last Activity 7/29/2014 4:21 PM
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    gsa714
    What if we don't want people quick searching our products like they are a commodity item. What happens if we don't comply?
    kentsmith5
    In our industry there are thousands of parts on each product we offer.  We currently have, approximately, 6000 items on our options list.  I'm not sure its feasable or practical to get or to maintain the UPC or MPN for all...Read More
    bzellmer
    I 100% agree that GSA needs to use the combination of manufacturer name AND manufacturer part number to identify unique item records.  To make this work GSA will have invest in maintaining and validating a controlled list of manufacturer names, like...Read More
    fabricare
    Similar to JamesFortNevers of Nevers Industries above, all products from our company are custom made.  We are window treatment manufacturers, using hundreds of seasonally changing fabrics and making products to exactly fit specific sized windows or...Read More
    lutzco
    I agree the Manufacturer and Manufacturer's part number should be included to keep like products in true comparison. I have seen many products that we offer, offered from other suppliers  that do not fall into the 10% pricing comparison rules....Read More
  • MAS Blogger
    FAR Subpart 8.4 vs Open Market Wednesday, July 9, 2014 1:00 PM EDT - 2:15 PM EDT
     
    Last Activity 7/1/2014 10:51 AM
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  • MAS Blogger
    Open to all, but geared to Government Contracting Officers (COs). GWACs enable federal agencies to buy cost-effective, innovative solutions for their information technology (IT) requirements on a worldwide basis. GSA offers Delegation training to all agency users. Although delegation training is mandatory for all warranted COs we highly encourage all members of the acquisition team to attend.
     
    Last Activity 6/17/2014 9:27 AM
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