GSA Schedule Consolidation Basics
GSA Consolidated its 24 GSA Schedules into a single schedule back in October of 2019. What is it? Why did they do it? What was done? What does it mean for Future Schedule Holders?
What is it?
The GSA consolidated the previous 24 Schedules into 1 Schedule. However that single schedule has 12 Major Categories.
In some sense the GSA Schedule System has been reduced from 24 schedules to 12. Each of these Categories has Special Item Numbers for product and service categories which is how the GSA Schedule system has always functioned.
Why did they do it?
The idea behind consolidation is to get all GSA contractors down to one contracting vehicle per company. Then provide all contractors with a set of uniform terms and conditions across the schedule system. This then provides uniformity and consistency in the federal contracting system, greatly reducing administrative burden for all.
The three underlying problems that persisted in the GSA Schedule System.
What was done?
The GSA put together a panel of over 100 experts. They reviewed every term and condition present in the solicitation, contract, waiver and/or slight tweak in the GSA Schedule System. In some cases there were even additional terms and conditions at the SIN level highlighting how “un-uniform” the system had become.
Special Item Numbers:
What does it mean for future schedule holders?
The GSA will continue to award MAS contracts and the Schedule solicitations will remain open to new offerors during and after the consolidation. After October 1, 2019 (meaning currently) the GSA Schedule offerors will use SCP-FSS-001 Instructions Applicable to All Offerors.
Note: The act of consolidation alone will not impact how long it takes a contractor to get on Schedule. However, the components of the new Schedule will include streamlined terms and conditions and a re-formatted solicitation, which will make requirements clearer. In addition, as the GSA consolidates the Schedules they will be working to streamline and standardize business processes. This will give GSA the ability to eliminate administrative work for contracting officers so they can be more responsive to industry. This should eventually result in a time reduction for getting on Schedule.