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IMPORTANT UPDATE: GSA Rollout of the Formatted Product Tool (FPT) Continues with Solicitation Refresh and Mass Modification for Schedule 75

The General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) is planning to implement the Formatted Product Tool (FPT) across the GSA Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) program, beginning with select Schedules in July 2016.  FPT implementation for Schedule 75 is tentatively planned for early August 2016.

Why is FAS implementing this change? Thousands of suppliers offer millions of items through the Multiple Award Schedules (MAS). These items have part numbers, descriptions, and price points that are then made available to the customer on GSA Advantage!  However, decades of growth in the MAS Program and dramatic increases in the number and variety of items available through MAS is driving changes to how these items are represented and priced.  

This tool will provide Schedule contractors with valuable information in terms of where their products are positioned in the marketplace, as well as contracting officers with data intelligence to use in their price evaluations and negotiations.   This increase in data analytics and transparency will also help contracting officers (COs) do their jobs more efficiently, saving all parties time and money.  COs will still exercise their discretion in determining fair and reasonable pricing; FPT helps them do that faster.

FPT is not a separate application – it is a systems upgrade that will be activated within the existing eOffer and eMod platforms for certain Schedules. FPT is a pivotal enhancement for the MAS supplier base removing the cumbersome and redundant SIP and CORS processes, and through an automatic upload of products and prices, improves speed to market on GSA Advantage! so items are seen immediately and can be purchased by our federal customers. Federal customers will have a more seamless shopping experience by being able to easily compare items on GSA Advantage! using standard part numbers, have increased insights into products and their pricing, and better data quality.

Schedules rollout order, beginning mid July 2016 at roughly 2 week intervals:

Schedule

Description

SINs

Offerings

72

Furnishings & Floor Coverings

All

Products

58 I*

Professional Audio/Video

All

Products

75

Office Products/Supplies

All

Products

73

Food Service, Hospitality, Cleaning Equipment and Supplies, Chemicals and Services

All

Products

51V

Hardware Superstore

All

Products

70

IT Equipment, Software & Services

All

Products & Services

*Same time as Schedule 72

GSA will be providing webinar training for each impacted Schedule in addition to Interact advanced notices prior to the Schedule refreshes.  Details for the next sessions are provided below.

FPT Vendor Training Session #2

Date: July 13, 2016

Time: 11-12:30 pm ET

 

Registration Link: https://meet.gsa.gov/e9hcuyxnme8/event/registration.html

FPT Vendor Training Session #3

Date: July 27, 2016

Time: 1-3 pm ET

Registration Link: https://meet.gsa.gov/tdr072716/event/registration.html

Please see the attached documents for more information and post comments below.

ATTACHMENTS: Significant changes document, External FPT FAQ, External FPT Fact Sheet

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 should be submitted in the “Comments” section below within ten (10) business days of this posting. Comments provided elsewhere or after 10 business days may not be considered. GSA FAS will consider all relevant comments and may 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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