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The purpose of this group is to help Federal Government Agencies order professional services using the GSA Multiple Award Schedules. This group has had several Contracting Officers create and moderate content (e.g.,Brad Powers and Dan Briest). The group is currently being moderated by Contracting Officer Brad deMers working in GSA Region 10's Federal Acquisition Service located in Auburn, Washington. Important note: The views expressed on Services Ordering Solutions are those of the individual content creators. These views and posted comments do not necessarily reflect GSA policy and should not be viewed as such. The stated opinions contained herein are just that, our opinions as experienced contracting professionals. We welcome alternate opinions, approaches and best practices. ....

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  • gerihaworth
    This post is authored by Kathy Jocoy - the project manager for the Professional Services Schedule  
     
     
    kcorbitt
    How do we register to attend the webinar on Feb. 26th?
    Brad deMers
    kcorbitt,Thank you for the question. The date was a typo, it is actually Wednesday February 25, 2015.  I revised the posting to show: The next webinar is slated for WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 25, 2015 FROM 10:00am to 12:00pm PACIFIC STANDARD TIME (12:...Read More
  • Brad deMers
    I want to thank a Washington Headquarter Services Contracting Officer Mr. Christopher E. Harris for giving me permission to post another one of his well written papers.   It has a lot of information backed by regulation and case references.  While some of his opinions on utilizing FAR 15 terms of art slightly differ from others we have posted, we always welcome new perspectives.   Here is the summary of his paper:
     
    Last Activity 2/4/2015 7:30 PM
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  • Brad deMers
      Welcome to Services Ordering Solutions: Avoiding MAS Confusion!  Through our experiences as former DOD contracting officers, and with our constant interaction with ordering agencies, we have developed knowledge and experiences using GSA Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) for Professional Services.  This site was developed so that we can share lessons learned with our customer agencies.  We are always looking for ideas to develop new content.  If you would like to see something that is not on this site currently, please send us an email with your request.  Again, Welcome!
     
    Last Activity 2/4/2015 7:29 PM
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    rgomez
      Which form would be more appropriate for the use of task orders with SOW?  Is there any guidance or preference of when to use one form over the other?
    rgomez
     Is there any guidance you can provide on how should Other Direct Costs be handled in Task Orders for Services which require a SOW?  For example, we issue a lot of task orders under the Environmental Schedule, since some of the requirements are...Read More
    Brad Powers
    I know this might shock you but the answer is...as usual...it depends.The first step is always to define what you mean by ODCs since that makes a huge difference.  We like to talk about ODCs in three categories:(1)  Contract Support Items (on a...Read More
    jag51
    I've read a posting from Dan Briest dated February 2,2011 (10:28p) entitled"Can Order Prices Be Escalated by the Task Order?" The question asked "For multiyear task orders, can order prices be escalated  even though...Read More
    Brad deMers
    jag51,  Thank you for your input!  You bring up a valid point of view and a solid perspective on a way to answer the question that drives home this point:  Task order level rates cannot exceed the GSA Contract Price List rates.  I...Read More
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    Last Activity 2/4/2015 7:08 PM
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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
  • Brad deMers
    I want to thank a Washington Headquarter Services Contracting Officer Mr. Christopher E. Harris for giving me permission to post his well written article here in interact.  It has a lot of information backed by regulation and case referenes.  Here is the summary of his article:  "The Federal Supply Schedule Market is distinct from the Open Market, and the research and acquisition planning requirements differ. Knowing these differences can produce innovation and efficiency in delivery of products and services to the warfighter."
     
    Last Activity 1/12/2015 1:28 PM
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  • Brad deMers
    The Federal Supply Schedule Market is distinct from the Open Market, and the research and acquisition planning requirements differ. Knowing these differences can produce innovation and efficiency in delivery of products and services to the warfighter.   Author: Christopher E. Harris, CFCM, CPCM Contracting Officer/Strategic Sourcing Branch Chief Acquisition Directorate, Washington Headquarters Services christopher.e.harris34.civ@mail.mil 1/12/2015  
     
    Last Activity 1/12/2015 1:02 PM
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    Last Activity 12/2/2014 10:45 AM
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    asun
    Is there a pre-recorded webinar that goes along with the notes provided?
    Dan Briest
    Hi asun,Unfortunately, no, we do not have a recording of this seminar. We have found through a great deal of experience that this seminar is not as effective as a webinar. Instead we travel to the ageny site at  no cost to the agency so that...Read More
  • Brad deMers
    Interesting case involving the Nonmanufacturer rule (NMR).https://ecf.cofc.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/show_public_doc?2014cv0502-27-0   
     
    Last Activity 9/26/2014 10:42 PM
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  • Brad deMers
    When using GSA’s Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) program,  there are clear ordering procedures that are to be followed.  Those ordering procedures are prescribed at FAR subPart 8.4.  
     
    Last Activity 9/11/2014 5:46 PM
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    Maureen Duckworth
    This is excellent!!  Thank you!!  This provides clear, concise answers to questions commonly asked!   The 3 of you make me very happy!  Thank you!

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