PoST Pilot Looks to Streamline SmartPay Transactions
As you might know, GSA’s SmartPay program represents the largest charge card program in the world. Established in 1998, the program serves more than 350 federal agencies, organizations, and Native American tribal governments. In FY 2010, approximately 98.9M transactions were made and $30.2B charged using the GSA SmartPay charge cards, creating $325.9M in refunds.
With GSA seeking to better leverage its buying power through Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiatives (FSSI), the agency has also made efforts to streamline how it spends. One key initiative currently underway would simplify the SmartPay program and require Level 3 data with each transaction. The initiative is called the Point of Sale Transactional Data (PoST) pilot. The pilot program currently applies to three Schedules and SINs:
- Schedule 67 Photographic Equipment: SINs 19-100 & 20-316
- Schedule 51 V Hardware Superstore: SINs 105-001 & 105-002
- Schedule 58 I Professional Audio/Video Telemetry/ Tracking, Recording/Reproducing and Signal Data Solutions: Part I Products
The purpose of the program is to provide better pricing and more information to Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) customers. There are two areas that will bring value to GSA customers which vendors are required to adhere to: Point of Sale Discounts and Transactional Data. In the first, vendors must automatically provide the GSA Schedule price or lower sale price and tax exemption when presented with a GSA SmartPay purchase card through the following ordering channels: Mail order, telephone order, E-mail, vendor commercial website, and retail sales in physical storefront. Within the second, vendors are required to capture and provide Level-3 data at point of sale to its order processors (e.g., merchant bank) for all purchases made with the GSA SmartPay purchase card. All Level-3 data must be at hand for reporting to the Government. Taken together, the two requirements will enable customers to automatically obtain GSA Authorized pricing and more data on transactions. For participating vendors who currently do not offer point of sale discounts and level-3 data, the PoST pilot will standardize sales practices to federal customers.
All vendors present on the Schedule and SINs identified above must participate nine months after contract award or acceptance of the Mass Mod establishing the pilot. The Mass Mods which incorporated the PoST related language to existing contracts are either A173 (Schedule 67 Refresh 9), A187 (Schedule 51V Refresh 11), or A198 (Schedule 58 I Refresh 16)). To verify whether or not you have accepted the mod, please visit the Vendor Support Center or feel free to reach out to us for further assistance.