New GSA Disaster Response for FSS Program
New GSA disaster response rule was recently proposed that could ease the process for companies to get supplies and services during a disaster into the hands of those in need. Under the new rule, the General Services Administration would broaden the Federal Supply Schedules (FSS) program to allow more non federal organizations to take advantage of volume pricing and simplified ordering of commercial products and services provided by GSA approved vendors.
According to an April 17th announcement, posted in the Federal Register, the American Red Cross, state and local governments, and other qualified organizations would receive greater access to schedule products and service if they’re being purchased for disaster preparedness or response. Previously, state and local governments and the American Red Cross were allowed to procure from Federal Supply Schedule contracts under specific guidelines, but other eligible organizations that provide disaster preparedness or response services were unable to. Disaster relief organizations should look further into the new announcement as their response services could become included in the expanded FSS program.
Note that companies that hold schedule contracts aren’t required to accept orders placed by state or local governments, the Red Cross, or other qualified organizations under the proposed rule, but now have the ability if they so choose.
This new rule could provide contractors across numerous schedules with much greater demand, especially in the wake of disasters.