VA Multiple Award Schedule White Paper

Improvements Needed to Enhance the Effectiveness & Efficiency of the Program

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The Coalition for Government Procurement is the single most effective voice for commercial service and product companies selling in the federal market. For more than 35 years, the Coalition has brought together public and private sector procurement leaders to work towards the mutual goal of common sense acquisition. Members have access to the latest federal compliance and policy information, which serves as the foundation of a successful government business.

News

Emily Murphy Nominated as Next GSA Administrator

On September 2, the President Trump nominated Ms. Emily Murphy as the next Administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA). Ms. Murphy is an expert in Federal procurement policy and execution. The Coalition supports Ms. Murphy’s nomination – she will be a strong advocate for common sense in government procurement and will work tirelessly to craft best value procurement solutions that will ultimately lead to savings for the American taxpayer.

VA Secretary Offers Support with Resolving Late Payments

On August 7, David Shulkin, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA), sent a letter to Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN-3) offering the VA’s support in reconciling outstanding payments for medical devices. The number of outstanding invoices has increased because of a change in the VA’s procurement process for prosthetics – according to members, these outstanding invoices account for more than $20 million. Additionally, the Secretary committed to continuing meeting with the Coalition in order to resolve this issue.

Letter to Air Force Seating II Program RFI

On August 4, The Coalition recommended that SIN 71-1 be removed because the BPA, as described in the RFI, does not meet the criteria for GSA’s Packaged Office SIN. The removal of SIN 71-1 would be a non-complex change to the solicitation consistent with the
terms and conditions of Schedule 71 that would not significantly impact competition under the seating BPA.

Joint Industry Response on DOD Online Marketplace Proposal

On June 13, the Coalition submitted comments to Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) regarding Section 101 of H.R. 2511, the Defense Acquisition Streamlining and Transparency Act. The comments raise the following concerns related to the proposed legislation:

  • The risks creating a government-sponsored monopoly/duopoly
  • Compliance exemptions, if necessary, should be extended to government marketplaces
  • Lack of clarity related to compliance with existing statute
  • Inadequately addressing of risks associated with data security
  • Unaddressed authorizations or limitations on fee constructs that would be acceptable and fit Congressional intent Read More!

 

Events

MAS Basic Training

Do you need to better understand management and compliance of the Price Reduction Clause or need help navigating the Price Negotiation Process? Are you leveraging the GSA Electronic Tools and have all the keys to understanding the Task Order Competition? What about the GSA Audit Process? Come find out the answers on these topics and more at our intensive, one-day training workshop that teaches the basics of utilizing the General Services Administration (GSA) Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) program.

In House Counsel Training

This class is a “must attend” for lawyers and corporate officials with significant contract management and compliance responsibilities in companies that have GSA Schedule contracts.

GSA Schedule contracts offer a huge market opportunity. The GSA Schedule, including the delegated VA Schedules, is a $50 billion contracting program that all federal agencies use to acquire commercial services and products. In some instances, state agencies can place orders against their contracts. These multiple year, government-wide contracts cover professional services, information technology, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment and a vast array of commercial products.

Of particular interest to in-house counsel and corporate executives, Schedule contracts have a pricing methodology, and disclosure requirements that are unique in federal government contracting. The contracts provisions must be correctly understood, managed, and monitored to assure that your commercial enterprise realizes anticipated profits. Failure to do so can result in significant monetary, administrative, civil and even criminal penalties.

This seminar will provide information and tools to help you understand the GSA/VA Schedule contracting program and provide insightful advice to your in-house clients and business partners.

Save The Date For These Events In 2017:

October 18th –  Training with Lohfeld Consulting Group: Winning Business for Federal Contract Project Managers taught by Brenda Crist @ Tower Club, Tysons, VA

October 19th – Training with Lohfeld Consulting Group: Winning GWACs, IDIQs and Task Orders for Federal Contractors taught by Lisa Pafe @ Tower Club, Tysons, VA

November 15th – Excellence in Partnership Awards @ Fairview Park Marriott, Falls Church, VA from 6:00pm – 10:00pm

November 16th– Fall Training Conference @ Fairview Park Marriott, Falls Church, VA from 7:00am – 6:00pm

ODCs: The Nexus Between Requirements and Execution

The Coalition has long advocated for the inclusion of “Other Direct Costs” (ODCs) otherwise known as “Order Level Materials” (OLMs) on MAS service contracts and task orders. If included on the Professional Services Schedule (PSS), this “low hanging fruit” reform would...

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