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OS2 Contract Extension is Denied by GSA

OS2-Contract-ExtensionAfter 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.

GSA Cost Savings Launches Dashboard to Share Progress

OS3 Cost SavingsThree months after the GSA released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the latest version of the office supply contract, OS3, they have created a dashboard to share the benefits of strategically sourced office supplies with the public. The dashboard will be used to share details on pricing and sales using colorful images and graphics (view dashboard).

The dashboard also allows users to filter the data by federal agency, small or large business sales, socio-economic status, and geographical sales statistics. The goal of this site is to show the GSA cost savings that the government is achieving through the strategic sourcing initiative.

As a result, during the past four years “the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative Second Generation Office Supplies (OS2) BPA has saved more than $364 million” for taxpayers and the federal government. The goal is that federal agencies will continue to reduce administrative and other costs with OS3 and the dashboard is the tool the GSA has created to display these savings.  Despite the extensive detail the new dashboard offers, much of the OS3 generation is using the tool as a method for targeting the agencies that have displayed high levels of engagement in the OS3 community.

GSA Releases RFP for OS3 Community in Hopes of Reduced Costs

os3 office suppliesThe General Services Administration (GSA) is cutting costs by recently submitting a Request for Proposal (RFP) for their next step in the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative (FSSI). FSSI is an established initiative that was implemented in 2005 in order to reduce costs, improve visibility to all industries, and enhance management of all purchased goods and services.

The GSA is working to increase efficiencies and reduce costs by focusing their Federal office supply purchases through a specific vendor’s community known as the Office Supply Third Generation (OS3). This critical decision arrived after the success of OS2, which created more than $350 million in savings and an improved small business utilization rate of 76 percent.

The implementation of the OS3 is expected to save the government sector $65 million annually and an additional $90 million in administrative costs. GSA contractors that are part of the OS3 community are preparing to step up to the plate as the GSA is looking for proven vendors to submit responses and the RFP offers several benefits:

Benefits of OS3

  • This procurement will be a full-and-open solicitation, open to all office supply businesses, including any businesses that do not have a GSA Multiple Award Schedule contract
  • Additional purchasing channel options for agencies with the inclusion of a requisition channel and eventually the 4th Party Logistics (vendor direct-delivery requisition/fulfillment) channel
  • Increased opportunities for small businesses with open season on-ramping and an increase in the number of awards reserved for small businesses
  • Lower purchasing prices through increased competition and a dynamic pricing model, which reduces price variances

Commercial vendors should be aware that government agencies are attempting to buy smarter and negotiate the best prices from suppliers. As competition increases, the OS3 community is considering several new pricing models and consulting with professionals to compete for this potentially massive revenue generating contract can increase your chance of success.

Commercial vendors and interested parties are invited to reply to the OS3 Request for Proposal solicitation by March 17, 2014 at 5:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time. Contact us for more details!

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