Consolidating 25 GSA Schedule to single GSA Schedule

Explore Blackfyre's insights on GSA’s consolidation of 24 Schedules into a single one, understand its impact, phases, and our role as a leading GSA Schedule Consulting firm.

Title: Consolidating 25 GSA Schedule to Single GSA Schedule

At the forefront of GSA Federal Schedule Consulting, Blackfyre keeps pace with the latest trends and changes. One major development we are closely following is the General Services Administration's (GSA) decision to integrate all 24 GSA Schedules into a single Schedule. This is a substantial shift in the federal procurement landscape. In this blog post, we provide a comprehensive update on this consolidation plan and its implications for both existing and potential contractors:

1. GSA's Decision to Consolidate Schedules:

The GSA recently made public its strategy to streamline the 24 existing GSA Schedules into one single Schedule. This strategic decision is part of a bigger initiative to simplify the procurement protocol for government agencies and vendors alike. The integration process is to be implemented in stages with the goal of refining contract management and presenting a more homogenous set of terms and conditions.

2. Phases of the Consolidation:

  1. Phase 1: All new offerors will be directed to the single, consolidated GSA Schedule in the fiscal year of 2019. The 24 existing GSA Schedule solicitations will be discontinued.

  2. Phase 2: In the fiscal year 2020, GSA will issue a mass modification to shift companies holding only one GSA Schedule Contract to the newly amalgamated GSA Schedule.

  3. Phase 3: Later in the fiscal year 2020, GSA will initiate cooperation with corporations holding multiple GSA Schedules to merge their contracts into one.

3. Impact on Contractors:

  • Existing Contractors: Current contractors should anticipate and prepare for the transition to the unified Schedule. This comprises understanding any modifications to terms and conditions and preparing for the mass modification process.

  • New Contractors: Those considering becoming contractors should continue with the application processes for obtaining a GSA Schedule. The consolidation should not be viewed as an obstruction in conducting business. Instead, it's a continuous transition that the GSA will manage in cooperation with the contractors.

4. Reduction in SINs:

In their ongoing efforts, GSA plans to significantly cut back the number of Special Item Numbers (SINs) from the approximate 1,000 currently in operation as they are reviewed for repetition and relevance. This could affect how products and services are classified and offered under the newly established Schedule.

5. Cooperative Purchasing and TDR:

In the new Schedule, Cooperative Purchasing and Transactional Data Reporting (TDR) will be applied at the category level. Contractors either currently operating in or contemplating these programs should stay updated about the post-consolidation implementation.

6. Blackfyre's Role:

As a GSA Schedule consultant you can trust, Blackfyre is here to guide businesses through this crucial change. Our services range from providing strategic advice on making an effective transition to the consolidated GSA Schedule to managing proposals and contracts during the consolidation period. We maintain an updated understanding of developments related to the consolidation to provide timely updates and guidance.

7. Moving Forward:

The transition towards a single GSA schedule is a significant alteration intended to enhance the procurement process by formulating a simpler, more unified contracting vehicle. We encourage all contractors to carry on with business as they adapt and prepare for the expected changes.

In wrapping up, the planned unification of the 24 GSA Schedules into a singular Schedule represents a momentous shift in the federal procurement framework. At Blackfyre, we are committed to extending the necessary support, advice and services to ensure a seamless experience for your business in this transition phase. Get in touch with us to learn more about how we can assist in this transition and help optimize your GSA Schedule strategy. Lead by a former GSA Schedule Reviewer, we assure the best GSA Schedule Consulting services.

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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