This is a guest post by John Abel and Haley Lawrie of Winvale.
The GSA MAS Consolidation is here, and things are changing FAST for government contractors. Not to worry, Winvale is here with all the information your company needs to help successfully navigate the new MAS solicitation updates. We’ve seen the updates and how they affect new offerors, but let’s take a look at how current contractors will be affected.
ALL GSA Schedule holders will be receiving a notice for Mass Modification A812 – MAS Consolidation over the course of the next week or so. Some of those reading this may have already received the notice, depending on Schedule number. Below is a schedule for the release dates of the mass mod across all 24 GSA legacy Schedules:
|Mass Mod A812 Release Date||Legacy Schedule Number|
|Friday, 1/31||03FAC, 23V, 36, 48, 51V, 58 I, 599|
|Monday, 2/3||00CORP (PSS)|
|Tuesday, 2/4||00CORP (PSS) Cont.|
|Thursday, 2/6||70 Cont.|
|Friday, 2/7||56, 66, 67, 71, 71 II K, 72, 73,|
|Monday, 2/10||736, 738X, 75, 751|
|Tuesday, 2/11||76, 78, 81 I B, 84|
Why is the MAS Mass Mod happening?
GSA is making active efforts to modernize and simplify the federal acquisition process by consolidating the current GSA Schedules. This mass modification will be the most important to date for GSA Contractors.
24 Schedules have been consolidated into 1 Multiple Award Schedule, 12 Large Categories, 83 Subcategories, and 316 newly formatted Special Item Numbers. GSA wants to eliminate any duplicate Schedules while continuing to meet the needs of its government buyers.
When do you need to take action on Mass Mod A812?
It is imperative that you check your email regularly to ensure that you’ve received the mass modification notice. If your contract administrator has not received the email by the corresponding date for your specific schedule, contact your GSA Administrative Contracting Officer (ACO) as soon as possible. (Don’t know who your ACO is? Find them here.)
Not only is it essential for contractors to ensure acceptance of this mass modification in order to reap the benefits of the consolidation, it is also mandatory, with a 90-day window for acceptance after the initial email notification is received. Within this mass modification, contractors will be required to:
- Review and accept 210 FAR and GSAM clauses
- Review the updated terms and conditions for the MAS
- Map existing SINs on your current Schedule to new SINs under the applicable Large Categories
If you have taken exception to any solicitation clauses in previous Mass Modifications, these exceptions will not carry over and that process must occur again.
How do you know what SINs you will have awarded after the Mass Mod?
It is important to note that awarded products/services, pricing, contract number, and the period of performance for your GSA Contract will NOT change. While the Contract Type and Special Item Numbers (SINs) will change, the pricing components of your contract won’t change. You don’t need to apply for a new contract and the Mass Mod will not automatically consolidate your contracts down to one contract per your DUNs number.
GSA will provide a mapping of your current SINs to the new SINs that will go into effect upon acceptance. If you are wondering what new SINs your contract will be mapped to, we can help.
Overall, changes from this MAS consolidation will be contingent on Mass Mod A812, but there are a few things on the backend that contractors must complete in order to be fully compliant and ensure proper use of the GSA Schedule to its full potential moving forward. Although accepting the mass modification will update a number of fields within GSA’s internal systems, contractors must still manually complete the updates through programs like SIP to reflect the new MAS structure on GSA eLibrary and GSA Advantage!.
After accepting the mass mod, contractors will need to perform a SIP upload to initiate a “merge” of the legacy SINs to the new SINs within 30 days acceptance. This will ensure that all records remain current with the new MAS solicitation structure and terms and conditions so that buyers will be able to conform to the new structure when seeking out contracting partners.
How will this impact your current GSA Schedule Maintenance?
To ensure there are no hiccups when accepting the Mass Mod, GSA is suspending the ability to submit requests in eMod for “Add SIN” and “Delete SIN” modifications under the legacy Schedules on Jan. 30, 2020. The ability to process “Add SIN” and “Delete SIN” modifications will be restored March 14, 2020. All other modification types will still be accepted throughout Phase II of MAS Consolidation.
With regards to sales reporting, SINS are effective immediately when you sign the Mass Mod, and you will see both legacy SINs and new MAS SINs in SRP for the first sales reporting period after the Mass Mod approval date. After that reporting period has been completed, future reporting periods will only display the new MAS SINs.
The MAS Consolidation may seem like a huge hurdle to overcome, but it is a step in the right direction for GSA and your GSA Schedule contract. To make it easier for our clients, Winvale is hosting a webinar on Tuesday, February 25 about the MAS Consolidation and how it impacts your contract.
If you can’t make the webinar, feel free to contact our consulting team today for more information on how these updates will affect your company’s GSA Schedule and a more in-depth look into the changes. Winvale offers full-service GSA Schedule support from our experienced professionals specializing in SIP, FAR compliance, GSA Advantage! and Schedule compliance.
This post originally appeared on the Winvale blog at https://info.winvale.com/blog/gsa-mas-consolidation-phase-2-current-gsa-contractors and was reprinted with permission.