Welcome Login

For current information from GSA about COVID19 please click HERE

You are here

New Pilot Removes Products Offered By Unauthorized Suppliers on GSA Advantage!

 

In the coming weeks, GSA will begin piloting a new Robomod process to ensure that products awarded on Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) contracts and displayed on GSA Advantage! are only offered by contractors authorized to sell them. Unauthorized MAS contractors will be identified based on information from the Verified Products Portal (VPP). The VPP is GSA’s official source for supplier authorization information and allows GSA to obtain supplier authorization data directly from participating manufacturers and their authorized partners. 

 

This new process will improve GSA’s supply chain by: 

  • reducing the risk that customers purchase counterfeit, fraudulent, or otherwise illegitimate products;
  • promoting fair competition in the federal marketplace; and
  • improving customers’ ability to purchase with confidence. 

 

In accordance with clause I-FSS-644 Products Offered and Sold by Vendors Other Than the Manufacturer, GSA will notify impacted MAS contractors if VPP data indicates a discrepancy regarding their supplier authorization for certain awarded products. GSA will provide a list of the identified unauthorized products at that time. 

 

Contractors will have 30 days to dispute the discrepancy if necessary. GSA will take action to remove identified unauthorized products from the MAS contract and GSA Advantage! after the end of this 30 day period. Additional information and training invitations will be sent directly to impacted MAS contractors via email.

 

Note that contractors are responsible for ensuring compliance with clause I-FSS-644 throughout the life of the MAS contract. Per this clause, MAS contractors can only offer and sell products they have been authorized under the manufacturer’s supplier authorization program. Offering unauthorized products on MAS contracts and GSA Advantage! is a contract compliance issue that may result in corrective action. 

 

This is a pilot focused on the contracts with the highest number of identified unauthorized products. GSA intends to address additional contracts in the future. 

 

Manufacturers and wholesalers who are interested in improving the representation of their commercially available off-the-shelf (COTS) products in the federal marketplace should visit gsa.gov/VPP to learn more about the VPP.

 

Questions?

 

Reach out anytime to CatalogManagement@gsa.gov

 

Thank you for your continued partnership.

 
11
Groups audience: 
Share

Views: 1897

Important news, updates, and acquisition resources for the GSA Multiple Award Schedule (also referred to as the GSA Schedule and Federal Supply... More

Subscribe to get posts delivered straight to your inbox. 

Download the latest Industry Quarterly Newsletter for a summary of MAS updates.

  • MarkM's picture
    MarkM
  • ksantoro's picture
    ksantoro
  • amheller's picture
    amheller