GSA MAS Refresh 11 - Revised Note on COVID-19 Clause

Learn about GSA's MAS Refresh 11, detailing the deletion of SIN 541513 and the revised COVID-19 safety protocol in response to an Arizona court ruling.

GSA MAS Refresh 11 - Revised Note on COVID-19 Clause

In the ever-evolving world of federal contracting, the General Services Administration (GSA) remains proactive. It has recently issued Refresh 11 of the GSA Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) Solicitation, following closely on the heels of Refresh 10. This update brought some significant modifications two of which are.

  • Deletion of SIN 541513, Smart Buildings Systems Integration
  • Revised Note on FAR 52.223-99, COVID-19 Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors

Understanding the Deletion of SIN 541513

As part of the changes induced by Refresh 11, the removal of SIN 541513, Smart Buildings Systems Integration, took center stage. This decision came as a continuance of the actions initiated in Refresh 10, which saw SIN 541513 assimilate into SIN 561210SB.

Originally, SIN 541513 revolved majorly around smart building systems integration. However, its responsibilities and offerings are now housed under SIN 561210SB—The Smart Buildings Systems Integrator. This unification is intended to streamline all offerings under the GSA Schedule related to smart building services, enhancing ease of access for stakeholders.

The adjusted Note on FAR 52.223-99

Another crucial alteration in Refresh 11 revolves around the amendment regarding the FAR 52.223-99 clause which pertains to COVID-19 safety protocols for Federal Contractors().

  1. Hitherto, the Government asserted that they would overlook the enforcement of the COVID-19 safety regulation, encompassing vaccine requirements, in places or states where a judicial directive impeded its application.
  2. Then came a court ruling from Arizona, which instigated supplementary stipulations in Refresh 11.

The rehashed note now states that the FAR 52.223-99 clause will be adjudged self-eliminating in any contract or order issued post-February 10, 2022, provided:

  • The contract involves an entity that has its headquarters either in the State of Arizona or within its jurisdictions.
  • The primary performance of the contract's work occurs in Arizona.

Deciphering the Implications of the Changes

This latest update mirrors the legal obligation to uphold the specific Arizona court ruling. It states categorically that the previously disclosed clause concerning COVID-19 safety protocols wouldn't apply to contracts where Arizona is the primary place of work or if the contracting entity calls Arizona home.

The Bigger Picture

These latest changes brought about by GSA's Refresh 11 are part of an ongoing effort by the administration to keep the MAS program in sync with prevailing rules, recent court rulings, and the dynamism of market operations. The deletion of SIN 541513 is all about simplifying the contract vehicle, providing a more streamlined range of offerings for stakeholders and beneficiaries of smart building services.

Meanwhile, the adjustment to the previously mentioned COVID-19 safety protocol note can be seen as a reaction to legal developments. It tweaks how federal contractors meet the necessary requirements. Led by a former GSA Schedule Reviewer, we are dedicated to offering the best GSA Schedule Consulting services that keep you updated and prepared for such changes.

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