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New GSA Disaster Response for FSS Program

disaster responseNew 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.

Deeper DOD Pricing Analysis Now Necessary for GSA Orders

sales1GSA Schedule Contracts are a great acquisition vehicle for many reasons and its ability to speed acquisition is touted by many as its greatest feature. The Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) program streamlines procurement for government agencies and private industries because the GSA has already determined pricing on supplies and services to be fair and reasonable. Agencies simply need to follow procurement procedures outlined under FAR 8.4 which simplify a best value award.

Agencies interested in identifying the best procedures outlined in FAR 8.4 should first consider reading the applicability and ordering procedures for Federal Supply Schedules. These two sections are crucial to the procurement process because they determine whether the agency fulfills the correct requirements for further business with their industry of choice.

Late last month, the DOD issued a new deviation to FAR 8.4 which requires DOD contracting officers to make a deeper DOD pricing analysis now through their own fair and reasonable price determination on any FSS order using the analysis techniques outlined under FAR 15.404-1. The change shouldn’t be a surprise given the current budgetary environment and cost cutting measures currently in place throughout the government.

DOD contractors utilizing the FSS program should make note of the change and consider how they are differentiating themselves when responding to DOD opportunities. If this new rule has affected you, please feel free to share it with the group.

To learn more about the change, please visit: https://interact.gsa.gov/blog/determination-fair-and-reasonable-prices-when-using-federal-supply-schedule-contracts

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