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GSA Advantage Catalog/Price List Removal Notices on the Rise

gsa advantageLately we have noticed an increase in the number of GSA Advantage Catalog/Price List removal notices being sent to existing contractors. This is not too surprising given GSA’s recent announcement that it will be transitioning to a Demand Based Efficiency Model for its Schedules Program, wherein it will align its resources to those areas with the greatest need.

According to the notices, GSA catalogs/price lists will be rendered as “inactive” if contractors have not updated their pricing information with GSA within the last two years. If rendered “inactive,” the price list is removed from GSA Advantage, effectively disconnecting you from the procurement system as buyers would no longer be able to see a vendor’s awarded pricing documentation or terms and conditions.

This will obviously hurt Federal Government sales efforts and could potentially lead to contract cancellation or to the contract not being selected for contract extension at the end of its first 5 year term. Contractors will want to stay a step ahead of the curb on this issue so it is highly recommend that you refresh your GSA Advantage listing as soon as possible if you are nearing this 2 year time frame. A copy of the removal notice being sent via email from GSA is listed below:

“Greetings from GSA:

Your electronic catalog/price list previously submitted to GSA in accordance with Multiple Award Schedule contract clause I-FSS-600-(a) “Contract Price List”, has not been updated in over two years. This price list is currently appearing on GSA’s online ordering system at www.gsaadvantage.gov.

Old catalogs/price lists typically contain discontinued items and out-dated pricing, which when ordered online, cause problems for agency customers and you, the contractor. Your contract requires that you honor pricing contained in your published catalog, whether printed or electronic.

Within 90 days of this email, you must: 1) submit an electronic catalog/price list update, or 2) verify that your existing online catalog/price list is current and accurate.

In order to do so, you must reply by submitting a file using the Schedules Input Program (SIP) software or EDI (depending on which method you currently wish to use.)

If the data and pricing in GSA Advantage is current and you use SIP, go to the “Tools/Verify Catalog Information” tab. If the data and pricing in GSA Advantage is current and you use EDI you may click here for EDI info or call 703-605-9444.

If using SIP, you must have SIP version 7.3 or greater. If you no longer have the SIP software, you must go to vsc.gsa.gov, download then install the software. A new catalog will be required. If you need to upgrade your SIP, open your current version of SIP then close the software. This will start the SIP upgrade process.

If an electronic catalog/price list or verification is not received within 90 days of this email, your catalog will be removed from GSA Advantage.

If you have questions, contact our Vendor Support Center at vendor.support@gsa.gov or call 877-495-4849.

We appreciate your assistance!

GSA Advantage”

 

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