DocuSign Will Soon Replace Digital Certificates

Learn about the transition of GSA eOffer and eMod to a DocuSign implementation. Access digital certificates until Q2 FY2021, enhancing accessibility and efficiency for contractors.

DocuSign Will Soon Replace Digital Certificates: What You Need to Know

In our ever-evolving digital ecosystem, the need for secure and simple options for document verification and signature is vital. A significant update is coming to the General Services Administration’s (GSA) systems. Here is an intricate look into these forthcoming changes and what they mean for you.

DocuSign Implementation for GSA eOffer and eMod

In an important move to streamline processes, DocuSign, a prominent tool for digitally signing documents, has been integrated into GSA systems to replace digital certificates by late Q2 of FY 2021. The transition to DocuSign commenced in late October and moved into full swing between November 25 and 29.

GSA Systems Update - February 2021

It is noteworthy that eOffer and eMod would be inaccessible on March 6-7, 2021, as system upgrades take place. Starting from March 8, 2021, the new login method for these platforms will be FAS ID, aligning with other systems such as FAS SRP, GSA Advantage Purchase Order Portal, and more.

The Transition Journey and DocuSign: What to Expect

Documents on eOffer/eMod are now digitally approved using DocuSign. However, during this transition, digital certificates remain a prerequisite for access until the second quarter of FY 2021. Contractors were unable to submit requests during the transition period from November 25 to 29, but post-transition, DocuSign is being used for signing all approved documents.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about DocuSign and Digital Certificates

  • DocuSign eSignature is an electronic signature tool.
  • No registration or subscription is required for contractors to use DocuSign in eOffer/eMod.
  • DocuSign is embedded within these platforms at no additional cost.
  • There's no need for special software installations to use DocuSign on workstations.
  • Offers or Mod requests submitted before the transition period remained unaffected.
  • COs can approve offers/Mod requests post the transition. There is no automatic cancellation or deletion of requests due to the transition.

The Future of Digital Certificates Post DocuSign and FAS ID Implementation

Following the full implementation of DocuSign and FAS ID, digital certificates will no longer be required for accessing these GSA platforms. This marks a significant improvement, enhancing accessibility and efficiency for contractors.


These major changes to the GSA's digital infrastructure underline a significant move towards upgrading and enhancing the user experience. The interim need for digital certificates will phase out eventually, simplifying the process even further. Remaining keyed in about these transitions will ensure uninterrupted access and compliance for all contractors.

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