A Recap of 2021 GSA Contract Updates

Summarizing major GSA Contract updates in 2021, including changes in cloud SIN, new safety regulations, and streamlined contract management. Stay informed for compliance and leverage opportunities.

A Recap of 2021 GSA Contract Updates

The General Services Administration (GSA) has been actively updating and refining its processes and offerings throughout 2021 to enhance efficiency and meet evolving needs, especially in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here's a summary of the major changes and updates in 2021 that could impact GSA Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) Contract holders:

Cloud SIN & Special Item Numbers (SIN) Changes:

Refresh 9, expected later in 2021, will bring updates to administrative clauses, provision changes, and modifications to five SINs, including the Cloud SIN 518210C.

COVID-19 Safety Requirements:

Implemented in Refresh 8, FAR Clause 52.223-99 mandates COVID-19 safety protocols across all GSA MAS Contracts. Although a court injunction has temporarily halted enforcement of the vaccine mandate, contractors should stay informed about potential changes.

New and Revised SINs:

Refresh 7 introduced two new SINs and expanded three existing ones, including the addition of medical coding services under SIN 524292INS and broadening the scope of SIN 562112 for hazardous waste disposal.

Verified Products Portal (VPP):

Launched with Refresh 6, the VPP offers an alternative to the Letter of Supply requirement, streamlining the product verification process.

Beta.SAM & SAM.gov Merge:

The integration of these platforms has led to a more unified and streamlined process for contract management, including the introduction of the new SAM Unique Entity ID (UEI).

DocuSign & FAS ID Integration:

Replacing digital certificates, DocuSign and FAS ID have simplified the digital signing process for GSA contract documents.

COVID-19 Related Waivers:

Acquisition Letter MV-21-03 eased proposal requirements for companies offering COVID-19 related solutions, enabling quicker contract qualification.

Transactional Data Reporting (TDR) Expansion:

Despite mixed reviews, GSA is considering expanding the TDR program, which could offer more flexibility for contractors in reporting and compliance.

New Services IDIQ Contract (OASIS Replacement):

As the OASIS contract nears its end, GSA is developing a new IDIQ contract to replace it, with details expected to be released gradually.

MAS Consolidation Checklist & Plans:

Companies holding multiple GSA MAS Contracts under the same DUNS number are required to submit a Phase 3 Consolidation Checklist by the end of 2021, moving towards consolidating their contracts into a single schedule.

Looking Forward to 2022:

  1. Stay updated on further GSA initiatives, including the SAM UEI replacing the DUNs number in April 2022.
  2. Subscribe to GSA newsletters for the latest updates and changes in the coming year.

These changes reflect GSA's commitment to streamlining processes and adapting to current global challenges, particularly the ongoing pandemic. It's crucial for GSA contractors to stay informed and adapt to these changes to maintain compliance and leverage new opportunities. Led by a former GSA Schedule Reviewer, we offer the best GSA Schedule Consulting services.

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