GSA Contract Refresh 6 Changes - What You Need to Know

Learn about the vital changes in the GSA Contract Refresh 6 including new stipulations, removal of dated regulations and understanding documentation requirements.

GSA Contract Refresh 6 Changes - What You Need to Know

GSA Contract Refresh 6 brings forth several crucial updates that contractors should ideally be abreast of. This blog post aims to give you a comprehensive overview of these key changes and how you can adapt to them effectively.

1. Removal of Outdated References

Contractors will find references to Digital Certificates and Open Ratings removed as they are no longer required.

  • Action: Contractors should update their understanding of documentation requirements.

2. Reformatted Letter of Supply (LOS) Template

There is a new format for the Letter of Supply. However, this update is only necessary if your current LOS is outdated.

  • Action: Contractors should review their LOS and update it if required.

3. Incorporation of Service Contract Labor Standards (SCLS) Wage Determinations (WDs)

Updated WDs will be automatically incorporated into contracts upon accepting Refresh 6. If the WDs affect GSA pricing, contractors can adjust rates through a modification.

  • Action: Review the impact of new WDs on contract pricing and take necessary actions.

4. Restrictions on Drones

Only drones approved by DOD’s Defense Innovation Unit (DIU)’s Blue sUAS Program are allowed. Unapproved drones that are currently on GSA MAS are to be removed.

  • Action: Contractors selling drones must ensure compliance with DIU’s Blue sUAS Program.

5. Temporary Waiver for COVID-19 Related Products/Services

This waiver facilitates easier qualification for COVID-19 response products/services. Contractors offering COVID-19 related products/services should review the waiver details.

  • Action: Review the COVID-19 waiver details and unfold opportunities.

6. Verified Products Portal (VPP) as an LOS Alternative

VPP, as an alternative to LOS, enables manufacturers to provide direct supplier authorization to GSA. Participation is optional but beneficial. If the manufacturer is not on VPP, the standard LOS requirement applies.

  • Action: Manufacturers should consider VPP participation; contractors should familiarize themselves with VPP.

Additional Notes

GSA plans to host a dedicated webinar and contractors should participate to gain insights into VPP and other changes brought about by Refresh 6. You can stay informed and updated on this by attending this webinar.


GSA Contract Refresh 6 presents numerous key updates, each of which contractors should be prepared to adapt to. These changes are a testament to GSA's continuous efforts to streamline processes and bolster security measures, specifically pertinent in the face of evolving technological and pandemic-related challenges. Contractors can avail the best GSA Schedule Consulting services led by a former GSA Schedule Reviewer for assistance.

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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