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BREAKING: GSA ISSUES FINAL TRANSACTIONAL DATA REPORTING (TDR) RULE IN FEDERAL REGISTER

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has issued a final Transactional Data Reporting (TDR) rule that will reduce unnecessary burdens on contractors and small businesses and potentially save millions of dollars for the American taxpayer. The rule will publish in the Federal Register on June 23, 2016 and will be implemented through a pilot program across GSA contract vehicles.

As one of the most transformational changes to GSA’s Federal Supply Schedules Program in more than two decades, the TDR rule allows GSA to remove some of the complex and burdensome tracking and disclosure requirements imposed on federal contractors -- the Commercial Sales Practices (CSP) disclosures and Price Reductions Clause (PRC) basis of award tracking requirement.  GSA estimates that the collection of transactional-level procurement data, combined with the elimination of the CSP and PRC tracking requirement, will result in an estimated net burden reduction of $29 million a year across the Schedules Program and its other government-wide vehicles.

Simultaneously, this rule asks contractors to electronically report key procurement data; including prices paid, quantity, standard part number and product description for all purchases through GSA contract vehicles. The information collected through the TDR will help contracting officers make smarter purchasing decisions and provide data to assist in negotiating future contracts.

This rule also supports the government’s shift towards category management by centrally collecting and analyzing information on what federal agencies are buying and how much they are paying. This new transparency helps the government leverage its vast buying power and drives competition.  Moreover, the rule builds on already-established best practices across the government, including GSA’s governmentwide strategically-sourced contract for office supplies that generated $370 million in savings when it applied this practice. Adding transparency drives better outcomes, greater competition, and will help reduce price variability, which has been known to run 300 percent or more, from one company to another, for the exact same item.

The transactional data reporting requirement will be applied to any new GSA government-wide acquisition contract, where transactional data is not already collected through other methods. For GSA’s Federal Supply Schedules, the requirement will be introduced in phases, beginning with a pilot for select products and services. The pilot Schedules and Special Item Numbers (SINs) to be implemented in a phased rollout approach are:

  • Schedule 58 I, Professional Audio/Video, Telemetry/Tracking, Recording/Reproducing and Signal Data Solutions: All SINs

  • Schedule 72, Furnishing and Floor Coverings: All SINs

  • Schedule 03FAC, Facilities Maintenance and Management: All SINs

  • Schedule 51 V, Hardware Superstore: All SINs

  • Schedule 75, Office Products: All SINs

  • Schedule 73, Food Service, Hospitality, Cleaning Equipment and Supplies, Chemicals and Services: All SINs

  • Schedule 00CORP, The Professional Services Schedule: SINs 871-1, 2, 3 ,4, 5, 6, and 7 (Professional Engineering Services)

  • Schedule 70, General Purpose Information Technology Equipment, Software, and Services: SINs 132-8 (Purchase of Hardware), 132-32, 33, and 34 (Software), and 132-54 and 55 (COMSATCOM)

This Interact post is NOT a 30 day advanced notice. For the first group of Schedules (Schedule 58 I and 72), the 30 day advanced notice will be published on Interact in late July with more information and links to webinar training. The mass modification and refresh for group 1 will then occur in late August.

Please give us your feedback in the comment section below, or email us directly at tdrteam@gsa.gov (case sensitive). As always, we appreciate your continued partnership.

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esnight1

The e-mail address TDRTeam@gsa.gov does not appear to be valid. Below is what I sent to them but it was bounced back by the server. We believe GSA should seriously consider this.

Now that we see the SINs that are going to be part of the TDR for Schedule 70, we suggest that SIN 132-40 be added to the list. The reason for this is soon many items currently listed as SIN 132-33 on Schedule 70 will be re-coded as SIN 132-40 as more and more cloud providers and resellers get SIN 132-40 added to their Schedule 70 contracts and do that re-coding from SIN 132-33 to SIN 132-40.

MAS Blogger
Thank you for the comment. No expansion of the pilot or action to make Transactional Data Reporting a permanent fixture on the Schedules will occur prior to the careful evaluation of at least one year of experience with the pilot.
 
In regards to the TDR email box, we apologize for the technical difficulties. Please try emailing tdrteam@gsa.gov. This email is case-sensitive and all lowercase.  
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