The GSA has taken the next step toward consolidation of the 24 multiple award schedules for products and services into one, issuing a consolidated schedule solicitation, what it called “an important first step toward our goal of simplifying the experience for customers, suppliers, and GSA’s acquisition workforce.”
“At this time, only new contracts will be placed on the consolidated schedule solicitation, which streamlines and simplifies the order process for new contractors. Contractors already on schedule will not be affected by the new solicitation until the mass modification takes effect in calendar year 2020. Federal agencies should see no disruptions to their purchasing practices during the transition,” it said.
The consolidated solicitation “features a simplified format, streamlined terms and conditions, and new categories and special item numbers. This new format will make it easier for contractors to offer products, services, and solutions, and for agency partners to find them,” it said.
The consolidation is part of GSA’s “federal marketplace strategy” to modernize and simplify procurement.