GSA eBuy Subgroups

Learn about GSA eBuy subgroups aimed to streamline procurement, enhance visibility for contractors, and boost government needs matching with contractor capabilities.

Introduction to GSA eBuy Subgroups

The General Services Administration's (GSA) innovative tool for improving procurement processes, particularly within its Special Item Numbers (SINs), is the introduction of subgroups on the eBuy platform. This strategic move aligns seamlessly with GSA’s Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) Consolidation plan, aiming to streamline the purchasing process for government buyers and boost visibility for contractors.

Understanding Subgroups in eBuy

Subgroups within SINs are designed with a specific purpose in mind; they aim to enable government buyers to find specific solutions more efficiently and allow contractors to showcase their unique offerings better.

  • Purpose: The implementation of subgroups increases efficiency in connecting relevant buyers and sellers.
  • Impact on Visibility: Contractors can utilize subgroups to intricately highlight their specialized services or products, thus simplifying the purchaser’s search for relevant vendors.

MAS Consolidation and eBuy Update

The MAS Consolidation Plan is a move towards a more cohesive and streamlined structure for GSA Schedules and SINs. The eBuy platform has also undergone some necessary adjustments to mirror this update.

  1. MAS Consolidation: This change, which happened on August 1, 2020, led to a more cohesive structure and layout for GSA Schedules and SINs.
  2. eBuy Adjustments: Contractors previously under the old SINs structure are advised to update their subgroup selections in alignment with the new consolidated MAS structure.

Selecting Subgroups

Another advantage of eBuy subgroup selection is the maintenance of full access to all contractors' opportunities under their awarded SIN(s).

  • Flexibility: Access to eBuy opportunities is not limited by chosen subgroups.
  • Criteria for Selection: The options for subgroup selection differ for each contractor. The availability is dependent on the specific SINs under the new MAS contract.

Subgroups: Significance for Contractors

Contractors can benefit in a variety of ways with the utilization of subgroups. It is an essential tool for more targeted and competitive procurement.

  1. Enhanced Matching: Subgroups facilitate a more precise match of government needs with contractor capabilities. This can lead to more targeted procurement opportunities.
  2. Competitive Edge: Contractors can gain an advantage by marking their niche or specialized offerings through subgroup selection.

Action Steps for Contractors

Contractors need to be proactive in taking the necessary steps to ensure the efficiency and competitiveness of their offerings.

  1. Review SIN List: Contractors should actively review the eBuy's list of SINs with available subgroups to identify whether their offerings align with any of these.
  2. Updating Selections: Contractors who had chosen subgroups under the legacy system must update these to keep visibility under the new MAS framework.

Blackfyre’s Role in the GSA eBuy Subgroup Selection

Blackfyre’s unique expertise in GSA schedule consulting and MAS consulting services puts us in a position of trust with businesses seeking to navigate the GSA’s MAS Consolidation and eBuy platform. Our services include:

  • Guidance on selecting appropriate subgroups for your business.
  • Strategies to maximize visibility and procurement opportunities on eBuy.
  • Comprehensive support in managing and updating GSA Schedule Contracts.


With the introduction of the subgroup feature on eBuy along with the MAS consolidation, there's now a more efficient method for government buyers and contractors to connect. It is crucial for contractors to adapt to these changes and accurately select subgroups that align with their business offerings. Blackfyre, with our team led by a former GSA Schedule Reviewer, is here to help businesses optimize their GSA Schedule Contract potential.

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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