GSA eBuy Subgroups

Explore how the new GSA eBuy Subgroups feature enhances procurement processes, streamlines contractor visibility, and correlates with GSA’s MAS Consolidation plan.

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GSA eBuy Subgroups

The introduction of subgroups within certain GSA Special Item Numbers (SINs) on the eBuy platform is a strategic move by GSA to enhance the procurement process. This approach aligns with GSA’s Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) Consolidation plan, which streamlines the purchasing process for government buyers and enhances visibility for contractors. Here’s an overview of how these subgroups work and their significance:

Understanding Subgroups in eBuy

Subgroups within SINs are designed with a specific purpose and have a real impact on contractor visibility:

  • Purpose: Subgroups within SINs are designed to help government buyers quickly find specific solutions and allow contractors to better showcase their unique offerings.
  • Impact on Visibility: By selecting appropriate subgroups, contractors can highlight their specialized services or products, making it easier for government buyers to find relevant vendors.

MAS Consolidation and eBuy Update

The August 1, 2020 update was a key part of GSA’s MAS Consolidation plan. It also led to crucial eBuy adjustments:

  • MAS Consolidation: This update was designed to streamline the legacy GSA Schedules and SINs into a more cohesive structure.
  • eBuy Adjustments: Contractors who had selected subgroups under the old SIN structure need to update their subgroup selections to align with the new consolidated MAS structure.

Selecting Subgroups

Choosing subgroups is all about flexibility and opportunity. But it's essential to note that not all GSA contractors can select subgroups:

  • Flexibility: Choosing subgroups doesn’t restrict a contractor’s access to eBuy opportunities. They still retain full access to all opportunities under their awarded SIN(s).
  • Criteria for Selection: The availability of subgroups is dependent on the specific SINs under the new MAS contract.

Significance for Contractors

Subgroups can deliver enhanced, competitive opportunities:

  • Enhanced Matching: Subgroups enable more precise matching of government needs with contractor capabilities, potentially leading to more targeted and relevant procurement opportunities.
  • Competitive Edge: Contractors can gain a competitive edge by clearly defining their niche or specialized offerings through subgroup selection.

Steps for Contractors

Here's what contractors need to do:

  1. Review the list of SINs with available subgroups on eBuy to identify if their offerings align with any of these subcategories.
  2. Update selection: For those who had previously chosen subgroups under the legacy system, it’s essential to update these selections to ensure continued visibility under the new MAS framework.

Blackfyre’s Role

As experts in GSA schedule consulting and MAS consulting services, Blackfyre assists businesses in navigating the complexities of the GSA’s MAS Consolidation and eBuy platform.

  • Guidance on selecting appropriate subgroups for your business.
  • Strategies to maximize visibility and procurement opportunities on eBuy.
  • Comprehensive support in managing and updating GSA Schedule Contracts.


The subgroup feature in eBuy, enhanced by the MAS Consolidation, offers a more streamlined and efficient way for government buyers and contractors to connect. For contractors, it’s crucial to stay updated with these changes and leverage the opportunities presented by accurately selecting subgroups that align with their business offerings. Blackfyre is here to help businesses adapt to these changes and optimize their GSA Schedule Contract potential. As a company led by a former GSA Schedule Reviewer, we are your best choice in GSA Schedule Consulting services.

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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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