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News

Member Meeting on Schedules Consolidation

On March 20, Stephanie Shutt, the Director of the Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) Program Management Office, spoke to Coalition members about the consolidation of the Schedules program. During the meeting, Ms. Shutt provided members with an update on the General Services Administration’s (GSA) plans for the consolidation effort and answered member questions about the process. A complimentary recording of the meeting is available on the Coalition’s Member Portal.

OMB Releases Final Category Management Memo

On March 20, The OMB issued Memorandum M-19-13 “Category Management: Making Smarter Use of Common Contract Solutions and Practices.” This memo establishes five actions for agencies to implement Category Management government-wide. The Coalition will continue to monitor developments around Category Management and, as always, we will advocate for common sense solutions that support an efficient and effective procurement system.

Commercial Platform Initiative “Known Unknowns”

On March 7, the Coalition provided the General Services Administration (GSA) its members’ feedback on some of the remaining “Known Unknowns” from an industry’s perspective related to the Commercial Platform Initiative.

GAO Adds VA Acquisition and MSPV Program to High Risk List

On Wednesday, March 6, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) published its “High Risk List” of Federal programs and operations that are vulnerable to waste, fraud, abuse, mismanagement, or that need broad reform. The report, which GAO submits bi-annually to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, identifies 35 “High Risk” areas that need further address. Significantly, although GAO noted that 7 of the identified areas have demonstrated improvement, the agency determined that more than half of the areas remained unchanged since its last report.

VA Hosts MSPV 2.0 Webinar

On February 28, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hosted a virtual business opportunity session focusing on the Medical/Surgical Prime Vendor (MSPV) 2.0 program. During the session, the VA provided an update on the strategy for contracting with suppliers to support the program. The slides from the session are available here.

Comments on the Removal of PSCs from DLA Contracts

On February 21, The Coalition provided feedback regarding recent changes in the management of Product Service Codes (PSCs) that are being coordinated between the General Services Administration (GSA) and the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA).

Recommendations to Improve GSA Advantage  

On February 19, The Coalition made recommendations to enhance the usability of the GSA Advantage platform based on findings from its recently completed study comparing pricing on e-Commerce platforms.

 

Upcoming Events & Meetings

Save The Date for These Upcoming Coalition Events!

A Successful and Informative 2019 Spring Training Conference

Thank you to everyone who attended the Coalition’s 2019 Spring Training Conference, The Federal Marketplace Initiative. It has been an eventful year for the Federal procurement community, from the continued implementation of the Section 846 e-Commerce pilot, to the...

VA & GSA: Opportunities to Support Veterans

In 1960, the General Services Administration (GSA) delegated the management and operation of the Federal Supply Schedules (FSS) for medical supplies, pharmaceuticals, and services to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA FSS program and its contractors...

Spring Training Conference – Emily Murphy Confirmed!

Welcome to the month of May – that means it’s time for the Kentucky Derby, the Indianapolis 500, and even more importantly, the Coalition’s Spring Training Conference! This year’s theme is The Federal Marketplace Initiative and we will once again be back at the...

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