OS2 Contract Extension is Denied by GSA
After much deliberation and controversy surrounding the Office Supplies 2 (OS2) contract extension, the General Services Administration (GSA) has decided that it will not extend OS2 contracts. Previously, the GSA found that itself in the forefront of several protests from vendors due to a possible extension. The OS2 contract extension was slated to extend through November and would allow for current vendors to continue their business with government agencies. The main source of the protests came from Coast-to-Coast (CTC) Computer products, which stated that the extension would establish an alliance that would cause hundreds of vendors to lose opportunities to work with the government.
The protests from CTC asked that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) immediately shutdown the OS2 contract extension and that the GSA conduct an assessment on the impact for small businesses.
The following weeks continued with more vendors protesting the OS2 contract extension and House lawmakers becoming involved and requesting impact studies from GAO.
Results arrived as the GSA announced after conducting a thorough review that all Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) extensions of OS2 were to end. In addition, all agencies are now required to seek out alternative options until OS2 is properly implemented. The GSA proposed several alternatives such as GSA Schedule 75 and GSA Global Supply through GSA Advantage! Unfortunately, OS2 had allowed for millions of dollars in government savings and the full implementation of OS3 may prove difficult now. GAO recently faced more bid protests for OS3 that were prior to the GSA awarding contracts under OS3, indicating that more post-award protests were expected which will impede OS3’s arrival.
Stay tuned as the following weeks should be interesting for the Office Supply generation vendors and consider consulting with experts in this matter to plan for the best route toward OS3.