How to prepare for GSA MAS Consolidation

Prepare for the GSA MAS Consolidation with Blackfyre Federal Schedule Consulting. Understand the changes, prepare effectively, and optimize your GSA Schedule strategy.

Title : How to prepare for GSA MAS Consolidation

At Blackfyre, a distinguished GSA Federal Schedule Consulting firm, we aim to help companies prepare for the upcoming GSA Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) Consolidation. This guide will shed light on what's new, what to expect, and how to prepare for the transition to a single GSA Schedule:

1. MAS Consolidation Overview:

GSA is charting a course to consolidate all 24 GSA Schedules into one Multiple Award Schedule Contract. The objective of this consolidation is to simplify the procurement process for government agencies and contractors. It's crucial to take into account that this does not include the nine VA Schedules.

2. Key Features of the MAS Consolidation:

  1. Single GSA Schedule: The consolidation will transform into one GSA Schedule with various Special Item Numbers (SINs) or a structure along similar lines.
  2. Review of SINs: GSA is currently combing through all existing SINs to eliminate duplicates and redesign categories where necessary.
  3. Transactional Data Reporting (TDR) & Cooperative Purchasing: These will not extend to SINs which do not currently extend these options.
  4. Timeline: The consolidation is divided into three phases, with the new single GSA Schedule expected to debut for new offerors in fiscal year 2019.

3. Latest Updates:

  • Order Level Materials (OLM) SIN: This will be made available to all GSA Schedule Contract holders post-consolidation.
  • Draft List of Consolidated/Revised SINs: Anticipated for release in June 2019.
  • New GSA Schedule SINs in eBuy: Expected to be up and running in January 2020.

4. Preparing for the Consolidation:

  • For Prospective Contractors: If acquiring a GSA Schedule is being considered, it's suggested to move forward immediately to evade potential delays once the consolidation process takes off.
  • For Existing GSA Schedule Contract Holders: There's no need to take specific actions as of now. However, be on standby for a mass modification from GSA in early fiscal year 2020 if you currently hold one GSA Schedule Contract. If you are in possession of multiple GSA Schedules, GSA will collaborate with you to consolidate them into a single contract later in the fiscal year.
  • For All Contractors: Given the anticipated resource crunch at GSA, if changes in your contract need to be brought about or if your 20-year term is nearing its end, it's advisable to submit modifications or new streamlined offers as early as possible.

5. Blackfyre's Commitment:

At Blackfyre, we're committed to providing support to businesses throughout the GSA MAS Consolidation by providing the following services:

  • Strategic Planning: We help understand the implications of the consolidation for your business and aid in planning accordingly.
  • Contract Management: We offer our assistance with modifications, new offers, and transitioning to the new single GSA Schedule.
  • Continuous Updates: We strive to keep you updated with the most recent information and developments pertaining to the consolidation.

6. Conclusion:

The GSA MAS Consolidation signifies a major change that strives to streamline the procurement process, thereby making it more efficient for all parties involved. Blackfyre is here to support your business throughout this transition, ensuring that you comprehend the changes, are ready, and can continue to effectively compete in the government marketplace. Contact us to discuss how we can assist you with navigating the MAS Consolidation and optimizing your GSA Schedule strategy. With our team led by a former GSA Schedule Reviewer, we can offer the optimal 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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