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The purpose of this group is to help Federal Government Agencies order professional services using the GSA Multiple Award Schedules. The group is moderated by two GSA Contracting Officers (Brad Powers and Dan Briest) working in the Federal Acquisition Service's Management Services Center 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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  • Brad deMers
    DOD issued a new Deviation
     
    Last Activity 3/26/2014 7:17 PM
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  • Dan Briest
     
    Last Activity 3/26/2014 7:10 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?
    Dan Briest
    rgomez,GSA does not dictate which form to use when using the GSA schedule program.  Dependent on whether your agency dictates a form or not, the answer is to use whatever you are comfortable with.  As Brad and I are both old school FAR Part 15...Read More
    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
  • Brad deMers
    As Contracting Officers, achieving 100% accuracy with no inconsistencies is always our intent when negotiating and awarding contractual agreements.  However, we are all human and therefore imperfect.
     
    Last Activity 3/10/2014 7:11 PM
    in Services Ordering Solutions: Avoiding MAS Confusion
     
    Brad Powers
    Well, it looks like we hit the mainstream on this one.  For those of you who subscribe to the Virtual Acquisition Office (VAO) newsletter, you will see this post highlighted today (March 10. 2014).  Unfortunately, the title of their article...Read More
    Brad deMers
    In response to the above blog post, we received some excellent questions offline: Q. What happens when the FSS contractor receives an FSS contract price increase?  Based on your order of precedence does this mean the prices will automatically...Read More
  • Brad deMers
     
    Last Activity 3/10/2014 5:06 PM
    in Services Ordering Solutions: Avoiding MAS Confusion
     
    Brad deMers
    Please see our blog post regarding this document here: https://interact.gsa.gov/node/453517#startcomment
  • Brad deMers
     
    Last Activity 2/26/2014 9:44 PM
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  • Dan Briest
     
    Last Activity 1/29/2014 3:17 PM
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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
  • Dan Briest
    Schedule order market research is no different than the market research you do for your open market (non-Schedule) procurements.  FAR Part 10 applies to Schedule orders, too.  The Request for Information (RFI) you post to eBuy is really the same as the Sources Sought Notice you would post on FedBizOpps for a non-Schedule procurement.  As this is part of market research, you are asking for statements of capability rather than quotes. A draft Performance Work Statement is typically included.  In those cases, comments are typically solicited on that Draft PWS document.  The RFI can then serve
     
    Last Activity 11/13/2013 8:41 AM
    in Services Ordering Solutions: Avoiding MAS Confusion
     
    liconn
    Thanks for great information, Brad.
    Brad Powers
    Joe - You can find more information on the 03FAC Schedule here (under quick schedule select 03FAC and hit go) and here.  If you would like to talk specifics, I would highly recommend you contact Mary Snodderly as she is an expert on this...Read More
    joejac
    I am looking for one contractor who can perform the following service and maintenance effort:  The project will include providing all labor equipment, and materials to inventory, service, calibrate, repair and certify all existing...Read More
  • Dan Briest
      This blog post discusses the NAICS Codes on the Schedule contracts and their impact on your order in addition to the impact of that NAICS Code on contractor size determination both at the Schedules contract level and at the task order level. Each Schedule's standing solicitation posted at FedBizOpps contains the NAICS Codes corresponding to the scope of that Schedule - - and sometimes even to a particular SIN on that Schedule.  
     
    Last Activity 11/6/2013 2:39 PM
    in Services Ordering Solutions: Avoiding MAS Confusion
     
    FFernandez
    Dan,Do you have a regulation, procuredure, policy, etc. from GSA or anyone that states that the SIN the contractor is awarded, encompasses all of the NAICS in that SIN even though their schedule only shows 1 NAICS? -Fausto
    cmniquette
    According to the SBA, the size standard for my NAICS went from $7m to $14m.  That said, GSA has me locked into a 5 year cycle for contract renewal.  The last time we renewed, my company was considered a Large.  With the Recession, we have...Read More
    Brad Powers
    About all I can say is that while I definitely understand your frustration, the way the regulations/policy is currently structured the only time you can change your contract level certification other than at time of option is through a triggering event...Read More
    pdutcher
    Let's see if I have this right...If I have a solicitation for a GSA BPA off a GSA contract, the contract holder must have that NAICS on their GSA contract.  The only way of determining that is to check the standing solicitation for their...Read More
    Dan Briest
    Pam,Greetings from Jax!A couple things I need to touch base on. Keep in mind that, just like any ordering agency, the GSA CO can only award one NAICS on page one of the contract. That NAICS code provides for the socioeconomic status of the...Read More
  • Dan Briest
    The Northeast and Caribbean Region’s National Administrative Services and Office Support Center recently revised a section of the Multiple Award Schedule Program to help our troops returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq. Approved by FAS Acquisition Management, the revamped special item number enhances current services in traditional employee assistance while focusing on specific support services such as mental health and comprehensive wellness coaching for the war fighter, veterans, and their families.
     
    Last Activity 10/17/2013 9:13 PM
    in Services Ordering Solutions: Avoiding MAS Confusion
     
    Malachi
    DanThanks for raising the awareness about this new offering under 738X SIN 595-28.Based on demand from several VAs nationwide, we've recently expanded the scope under Social Services and Veterans Readjustment to include the full range of case...Read More
    kemconstructors
    Thank you all for this new oppertunity,Our veterans will be thrilled. We look forward to useing all of your tools for veteran owned  business and are future goal to put our men and women vet's back to work.
  • Dan Briest
        Brad and I answer many customer agency questions. One of the questions we receive often is on the subject of brief explanations and debriefings. Question: I know unsuccessful vendors aren't entitled to a debriefing after an award of a MAS order. They are only entitled to brief explanations which can be as simple as a quick phone call or short email. I remember some discussion on this issue, but can't find it on the blog site. What information is required, by ordering activities, to divulge in brief explanations to unsuccessful vendors?
     
    Last Activity 9/12/2013 4:56 PM
    in Services Ordering Solutions: Avoiding MAS Confusion
     
    KarenGuthrie
    That answer was very helpful! Thank you Dan!
    Dan Briest
    Thanks Karen. Let us know if we can add anything else that will assist you!
    maryboehmerichards
    My question would be - who has to give the brief explanation?  Does the notification to the unsuccessful bidders from GSA with an explanation of why they didn't win suffice as a brief explanation or does the brief explanation have to be done by...Read More
    Dan Briest
    Hi Mary, A couple of good questions there.The first question is in reference to what party provides notification to unsuccessful offerors.  That is always going to be done by the ordering agency.  Not GSA. This function can be completed...Read More

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