GSA MAS Refresh 10 - What Changed & Who is Impacted?

Get insights into the significant changes introduced by GSA Schedule Refresh 10, its impact on federal contractors and the necessary steps to ensure compliance.

GSA MAS Refresh 10 - What Changed & Who is Impacted?

If you hold a GSA Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) Contract, pay attention! The GSA Schedule Refresh 10, released on March 31, 2022, has brought numerous updates that could impact you and your business.

This article will provide key takeaways from the latest refresh. Let's dig into them:

Minimum Wage Increase for Federal Contractors

One significant development is the change to FAR 52.222-55, in line with Executive Order 14026. This clause now mandates a $15 per hour minimum wage for staff employed by federal contractors. It's now a part of all GSA MAS Contracts, in line with federal efforts to hike the minimum wage.

Packaged Furniture CTA Requirement

This refreshing adjust directly affects roughly 190 companies that supply packaged furniture under certain SINs. These companies must now send a Schedule-level Contractor Teaming Arrangement (CTA) rather than a Letter of Supply (LOS). The motivation behind this change is an OIG audit, and it's designed to promote compliance while reducing administrative hassle.

Clarity on Remanufactured Items

Specification has been added to the policy of remanufactured items - such items can only be accepted under certain SANs. The term "remanufactured" is defined as "factory rebuilt to original specifications." Importantly, the policy specifies that refurbished, reconditioned, or repaired items are not permissible.

Adjustments to Facilities Smart Buildings Systems SIN

About 40 companies offering services under SIN 541513 will have their SIN changed to 561210SB, newly known as Smart Buildings Systems Integration. This modification is expected to simplify service categorization under this SIN.

Order-Level Materials (OLM) SIN Description Update

The description of the OLM SIN has been revised for accuracy; this is an administrative edit, but it is vital for almost all GSA Contractors holding the OLM SIN to understand the change.

Updated SCLS Wage Determinations

The wage determinations under the Service Contract Labor Standards (SCLS) have been updated. This change will affect the contractors offering services under the GSA Schedule.

Contract holders must accept the mass modification A842 linked with Refresh 10, it is mandatory. These changes highlight GSA's continuous efforts in ensuring compliance with federal law, boosting the efficiency of the GSA Schedule, and addressing specific issues observed during audits and reviews. Consequently, contractors should carefully examine these modifications and adjust their business operations appropriately.

If you are looking for more in-depth guidance or how to implement these changes, it's recommended to consult with GSA consulting services or reach out to the GSA directly. With a team led by a former GSA Schedule Reviewer, we provide top-quality GSA Schedule Consulting services.

In summary, the GSA MAS Refresh 10 has brought essential updates that will undoubtedly affect many businesses. Make sure you're well informed to keep your business in compliance and running smoothly!

Pedro has extensive background as a Contracting Officer and Contract Specialist, has worked across seven federal agencies, managing contracts totaling over $1 billion in the professional and tech sectors. His notable tenure includes serving with the DoD/DARPA during the inception of their robotics program. Additionally, he played a pivotal role in initiating the Cyber Special Item Number (SIN) within the GSA's IT Schedule 70 as a Team Lead. After graduating from Harvard, he started Blackfyre to help you win your next contract.

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