GSA eBuy Rolls Out Updates; New SIN Subgroups

GSA eBuy Rolls Out Updates; New SIN Subgroups

GSA eBuy Rolls Out August 2020 Update

On August 1st, 2020, the General Services Administration had rolled out an eBuy update that allows contractors to select subgroups to some popular SINs awarded on contract.

Customers are still able to release opportunities by GSA’s defined SIN and contractors who meet the criteria will receive them.  Now that most SINs have been consolidated under the new GSA Schedule Multiple Award Schedule, these opportunities can also be filed under more precise subcategories that fall under select SINs.

Contractors are encouraged to view their profiles and further define their SIN’s subcategories for greater precision.  Selecting (or de-selecting) subcategories should increase the likelihood that the contractor will receive an opportunity that is relevant the awarded products and services that are awarded under the GSA Schedule contract.  Contractors should monitor the intake of opportunities to determine if the current subcategory selection meets their needs.

Category 541611

Customers are also able to include one or more of the following complimentary SINs to an opportunity: ANCILLARY, ANCRA, OLM, and 238910.  This will allow contractors to include these items and services on an eBuy quote as appropriate. (check your contract for applicability).

And finally, GSA eBuy will no longer display GSA Legacy Schedules in eBuy.  All contractors should have accepted the MAS Consolidation Mass Mod (A812), otherwise the eBuy account and other GSA Services may be subject to suspension until the mass mod has been accepted.

Contractors are able view/select subgroups by logging in to the GSA eBuy account.  By clicking on the vendor profile, contractors will be able to see the “modify subgroups” button and will allow for subgroup management as shown in the table below.

Contractors who need help with updates stemming from MAS Consolidation, please reach out to Coley GCS at [email protected] or directly at 210.402.6766.

SIN Subgroups Management Table:

SIN Description
561210FAC Complete Facilities Maintenance & Management
  Elevator / Escalator Inspection Service (Requires proper Certifications & Licenses)
Elevator / Escalator Maintenance Service (Requires proper certifications & Licenses required)
Facilities Consulting, Assessment and Planning
Facilities Management
HVAC Maintenance: Boilers, Chillers, Refrigeration, etc.
Janitorial Services
Maintenance of Fire Alarm Systems (Requires proper Certifications & Licenses required)
Maintenance of Fire Suppression Systems- Water Based (Requires proper Certifications & Licenses)
Maintenance of Fuel Facility System
Maintenance of Renewable Energy Systems
Maintenance of Utilities
541690E Energy Consulting Services
  Building Commissioning Services
Energy Audits
Energy Services Consulting
Metering Services
Renewable Energy
Resource Efficiency Management (REM) Services
Training on Energy Management
Water Conservation
332311P Pre-engineered and prefabricated Buildings and structures for storage
  In-Plant Solutions
Professional Facility Solutions
Outdoor Shelter and Security Shelter Solutions
Rapid deployment solutions for for Military, Disaster/Emergency Response
Restroom, Shower, and Laundry Solutions
Storage Solutions, SCIFs
532490P Lease/Rental of Pre-Engineered/Prefabricated Buildings and Structures
  Lease/Rental of Pre-Engineered/Prefabricated Buildings and Structures
Lease/Rental of Pre-Engineered/Prefabricated Restrooms and Utility Rooms
333241 Food Preparation Equipment
  Concession Equipment
Cooking Equipment
Food Measuring and Testing Devices
Food Preparation Equipment
Food Preparation and Storage Smallwares
Food Service Storage Racks and Cabinets
Food Serving and Merchandising Equipment
336999 Food Center Concepts
  Food and Beverage Dispensing Equipment
Food Service Carts and Holding and Transport Equipment
Hot and Cold Food Counters
333318F Floor Care Cleaning and Equipment
  Floor Machine
Sweepers and Scrubbers
Vacuum Cleaner Canister, Upright, and Portable
335999 Power Distribution Equipment
  Alternative and Solar Energy Solutions
Generators
Motors and Controls
Portable Light Towers
Power Distribution Units
Surge Protection
Switchgear, Panelboards, Switchboards, Load Centers, Metering
Transformers
Uninterruptible Power Supplies
325612 Disinfectants, Sterilants and Deodorizers
  Automotive cleaners and polishers
Disinfectants
Permanent/Disposable dispenser housing and refills for odor control and sanitizing of surfaces
Sanitizers for Food Handling Areas
Sterilants, Surgical Scrubs, and Specialized kits for blood, serum, and/or associated body fluid spills
325998 Chemical Additive
  Not listed
325611 Cleaning Products
  Biodegradable Cleaner/Degreaser (Solvent Based) Non-Phenolic and Non-petroleum
Biodegradable Cleaner/Degreaser (Water Based) Non-Phenolic and Non-Petrolemm – Products approved by USDA for Food Handling Areas
Cleaning Chemical Dispensing Equipment and Systems
Cleaning Chemicals used with Dispensing Systems
Cleaners/Degreasers – (Water and/or Solvent Based Detergent)
Cleaner/Degreasers and Polishes – (I,I,I Trichloroethane CFC Replacement for Industrial/Electrical Applications)
Sorbents – Marine Usage, Type III Non-water soluble
Sorbents – Non-Marine Usage Type I for Non-hazardous & Non-toxic Organic Spill
Sorbents – Non-Marine Usage Type II for Hazardous and Toxic Organic Spills
54151HACS Highly Adaptive Cybersecurity Services (HACS)
  Cyber Hunt
High Value Asset (HVA) Assessments
Incident Response
Penetration Testing
Risk and Vulnerability Assessment (RVA)
517312 Wireless Mobility Solutions
  Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM)
Internet of Things (IoT)
Mobile Application Vetting
Mobile Backend-as-a-Service (MBaaS)
Mobile Identity Management
Mobile Threat Protection (MTP)
Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS)
Other/Mobile Services
Other Mobility End-Point Infrastructure – Mobility infrastructure
Telecom Expense Management (TEM)
Wireless Carrier Services
54151S Information Technology Professional Services
  Auto. Info. System Design & Integration
IT Systems Analysis Services
IT Systems Development Services
Programming Services
Automated News, Data and other Info. Services
CAD/CAM Services
Desktop Management
Information Assurance
IT Backup and Security Services
IT Data Conversion Services
IT Facility Operation and Maintenance
IT Network Management Services
54151ECOM Electronic Commerce and Subscription Services
  E-Mail Services
Internet Access Services
Navigation Services
Other Data Transmission Services
Value Added Network Services
511210 Software Licenses
  Application
Office Productivity
Operating Systems
Programming (Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS))
Software Utilities and Tools
Threat Protection
Business Mgmt
Communication
Educational
Electronic Commerce/Internet
Entertainment
Financial Management
Graphics
Multimedia
33411 Purchasing of New Electronic Equipment
  Airborne Radar Equipment
All in One Printers
Audio Visual/Conference Room Equipment
Backup Power/UPS
Broadcast Band Radio
Cables and Interfaces
Computer Monitors
Digital Cameras
End User IT Accessories
End User IT Peripherals
Fiber Optic Equipment
Hyperconverged Integrated Systems
Keyboard Video Monitor (KVM) Switches
Laptops (inc. Rugged)
Large Format Displays
Microwave Radio Equipment
Network Equipment
Network Printers
Projectors
Radio Base Stations
Radio Chargers
Radio (inc. LMR) Handhelds
Radio Navigation Equipment/Antennas
Radio Repeaters
Radio Transmitters/Receivers, Airborne
Radio Trunking System
Routers
Satellite Communications Equipment
Security Appliances
Servers
Software Defined Network Equipment
Storage – Memory, Solid State (SSD), Software Defined (SDS), Network Attached (NAS), Storage Area Network (SAN)
Supercomputers
Switches
Tablets (inc. Rugged)
Thin Clients
Tower/Small Form Factor/Micro/Mini Computers
Vehicle Radio Units
Video/Media Distribution Equipment
Video Teleconferencing (VTC)
Wireless LAN Equipment
339940OS4 OS4 Office Products and Supplies 
  Binding and Filing
Calendars and Personal Organizers
Computer Accessories
Desk Supplies (calculators, pens, paper clips, portfolios, tape, stamp pads, etc.)
Mailing and Shipping Supplies
Office Furnishings (clocks, easels, frames, stools, etc.)
Paper Products (copy paper, notepads, labels, etc.)
Shredders
Toner Cartridges
541611 Management and Financial Consulting, Acquisition and Grants management Support, and Business Program and Project Management Services
  Acquisition/Grant Management Support
Actuarial Services
Customer Survey Services
Facilitation Services
Financial Consulting Services
Financial, Economic and Regulatory Analysis Support
Management Consulting Services
Program/Project Management Support
Strategic Planning
562112 Hazardous Waste Disposal Services
  Recycling Services
541211 Auditing Services
  Contract Audits
Performance Audits
Recovery Audits
Transportation Audits
522310 Financial Advising, Loan Services and Asset Management Services
  Financial Asset Advisory Services
Loan Servicing
541330ENG Engineering Services
  Chemical Engineering Services
Civil Engineering
Construction Management Services
Electrical Engineering Services
Engineering Consulting Services Relating to Real Property
Fire Protection Engineering Services
Mechanical Engineering Services
Space Launch Integrated Services (SLIS)
Systems Engineering
562910REM Environmental Remediation Services
  Environmental Reclamation Services
Environmental Remediation Services
541930 Translation and Interpretation Services
  Exercise Role Players
Interpretation Services
Language Services for the Visual and Hearing Impaired
Linguistic Analytical Support Services
Translation Services
541614 Deployment, Distribution and Transportation Logistics Services
  Deployment Logistics
Distribution and Transportation Logistics Services
541620 Environmental Consulting Services
  Archaeology and Cultural Resource Services
Environmental Management Systems (EMS)
NEPA Related Services
561621H Harbor/Waterfront Security Products and Services and Professional Marine Security Services
  Not listed
339113LAB Laboratory Equipment and Products
  Not listed
334515 Diagnostic, Measuring and Testing Equipment
  Not listed
334516 Analytical Instruments
  Biomedical And Industrial Particle Counting, Sorting Apparatus, Systems, and Related Chemistries
Biomolecule Analyzers Synthesizers
Blood Cell Analyzers For Clinical Hematology And Related Chemistries
Elemental Analyzers
Gas Chromatograph (GC) And Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer (GC-MS) Systems
Liquid Chromatographer (LC) And Liquid Chromatographer/ Mass Spectrometer (LC-MS) Systems
Thermal Analysis
332439 Shipping, Cargo, Freight, and Storage Containers
  Not listed
Non-TAA Items Now Available on Federal Supply Schedules

Non-TAA Items Now Available on Federal Supply Schedules

GSA ADDS EXCEPTION TO TRADE AGREEMENTS

UPDATE: An addendum was released that extends the applicability date of SPE Memorandum SPE-2020-11.  Originally 7/1/2020, the applicability date was extended to 8/1/2020.

GSA has once again issued another addendum to this authority and will extend the date of applicability to 11/30/2020.  As directed with the original applicability date, applicable items on contract will need to be removed on this date as well.

Contractors who have added non-TAA products to their contracts may have already been receiving email checkups from GSA’s Internal Audit and Compliance Branch and Supplier Accountability and Acquisition Support Branch.  GSA is sending this follow up to ensure that contractors have a healthy stock of items and asking for any issues that contractors may be aware of.

With COVID-19 working its way throughout our nation, industries are coming together to help combat the virus.  From first responders to support teams, everyone is working together tirelessly to help alleviate this situation, and our Government agencies have been rapidly deploying solutions in support of COVID-19 relief efforts.

The General Services Administration (GSA) is one of the many Federal agencies looking to have a tremendous impact in helping those in need.  Since President Trump declared a National Emergency on March 13, and with all 50 states under a major disaster declaration for the first time in history, GSA Schedule contract holders have the ability to be placed at the forefront of support and can effectively assist all types of government (GSA FSS eligibility).

On April 3, 2020 General Services Administration released a memorandum that allows GSA Schedule contract holders to add non-TAA (Trade Agreement Act)  items from select Federal Supply Classes (FSC) onto the Federal Supply Schedule.  This unprecedented change temporarily adds exception to the government’s Trade Agreements and Buy American Statues by allowing contractors to add non-TAA items (excluding embargo nations such as Cuba, Iran, Sudan, Burma, and North Korea per FAR subpart 25.7) to the GSA Schedule with a unique contract modification. Once awarded, State, local, and Federal government agencies alike will be able to acquire items without the need for non-availability determinations.

Only the following items from select FSCs can be added at this time:

FSC General Products Purchased Determination Applicability Begin Date Determination Applicability End Date (*Updated)
FSC 4240 N95 masks 4/3/2020 *8/1/2020
FSC 6810 Sodium Hypochlorite (bleach) 4/3/2020 *8/1/2020
FSC 6840 Disinfectants – includes cleaners, sprays, and wipes 4/3/2020 *8/1/2020
FSC 7930 Cleaners – including sanitizing surface and floor cleaners 4/3/2020 *8/1/2020
FSC 8520 Hand sanitizers, soaps and dispensers 4/3/2020 *8/1/2020

GSA has released specific guidance and templates to use when submitting your modification.  Items will have to be removed from GSAAdvantage! and the Federal Supply Schedule contract once the applicability end date arrives

Be advised that the non-TAA exceptions are in support of COVID-19 efforts and for the predetermined Federal Supply Classes listed above.  52.225-5 Trade Agreements will still apply in all other conditions (list of TAA approved countries) and all other terms, conditions, and acquisition procedures will remain in effect.

GSA Schedule Consolidation Impact on Quarterly Sales Reporting

GSA Schedule Consolidation Impact on Quarterly Sales Reporting

It is time for GSA Schedule holders to report sales again. This month/quarter, you will notice that there has been a change to the sales reporting options. If you have accepted the MAS conversion A812 mass modification, you will notice that the SRP lists both legacy and new SINs.

We now know that contractors must report under both Legacy and Converted SINs. If not properly reported, this can potentially lead to future sales amendments or appear as a concern on an IOA visit.

The sales reporting will be based on the date that you accepted the A812 MAS Modification. This means all sales before the acceptance date will be reported under the Legacy SINs. All sales on and after that acceptance date will be reported under the Converted SINs. You will want to look carefully at invoices and verify dates when the sales occur, or payment was received. For easier tracking, you may want to include the associated SINs on your invoices.

The Legacy SINs will eventually drop off and all reporting will be under the Converted SINs.

If you have not accepted the MAS Mod, Legacy SINs will be the only available option to report under. This may mean when it’s time to accept the MAS Mod, you may have to report under both new and old SINs for the next quarter. Coley GCS assists GSA Schedule contract holders under our annual contract management with sales reporting. Reach out to Coley if you would like to discuss any of our government contract services at [email protected].

A List of TAA Designated Countries

A List of TAA Designated Countries

What is TAA Compliance?

(Updated: June 2019 )

How do you know if you are TAA Compliant? TAA refers to the Trade Agreement Act. Under 19 USC 2501 Trade Agreements Act government agencies may only purchase US-made or designated country end products or US or designated country services.

Are Your Products on GSA Schedule TAA Compliant?

Because the estimated value of a GSA schedule exceeds $191,000, all GSA product sales must be Trade Agreement Act (TAA) compliant, as per FAR 52.225-5. In order to be TAA compliant, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) considers either that 50 percent of the cost of manufacture or location where product is “substantially transformed” is from/within a TAA Designated Country.

If you offer services through your GSA Schedule, the TAA may also apply to you; but that is not always the case. The issue of how the TAA applies to services is a complex one.

How to Determine if products were “Substantially Transformed?”

If a product is completely manufactured in the United States or in a TAA designated country, you are TAA compliant. Software country of origin is determined in the country where the software was compiled.

Sometimes a product requires assembly in several countries or has components from various countries; the TAA compliance becomes murkier and a determination of where the product is substantially transformed is required. If a product is manufactured in various countries, the final product must be “substantially transformed” in a designated country. Substantial transformation would be transforming an article into a new and different article of commerce, with a name, character, or use distinct from the original article. (refer to FAR 25.001(c))

Responsibility falls wholly on the government contractor, to determine if a product has been substantially transformed. More information on International Trade: Rules of Origin available here: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RL34524.pdf.

Who Makes the Determination of TAA Compliance?

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection states that “the responsibility for making a determination of substantial transformation rests solely with the contractor. The contractor can go to The Office of Regulations and Rulings within U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which is the Federal agency responsible for making substantial transformation determinations or giving their opinions.”

How to Keep Your GSA Schedule TAA Compliant?

First you must have a system in place that periodically verifies that the products being offered under your GSA schedule are TAA compliant. Furthermore, if you are not a manufacturer, we recommend that you verify countries of origin quarterly or, at minimum, with catalog updates from your suppliers to verify that products are still being manufactured or “substantially transformed” in a TAA designated country.

If your manufacturing source changes during the term of your contract and items are now manufactured in a non-designated country, your products will consequently be out of compliance. You must immediately take action to remove the non-TAA compliant items from your GSA Schedule. A GSA consultant from the Coley team can assist with getting this processed.

TAA Designated Countries are regularly updated and can be accessed from here:  FAR-Clause-52.225-5. Also, as noted on our table below, if a product is manufactured in China, Indonesia, Malaysia, or Sri Lanka, you may be permitted to sell them, but only to the VA with a required waiver. Territories belonging to the United States, are TAA compliant therefore, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the United States Virgin Islands are compliant countries.

Current List of TAA Compliant Countries Include:

 

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Afghanistan Denmark Latvia Sao Tome and Principe
Angola Djibouti Lesotho Senegal
Antigua and Barbuda Dominica Liberia Sierra Leone
Armenia Dominican Republic Liechtenstein Singapore
Aruba El Salvador Lithuania Sint Eustatius
Australia Equatorial Guinea Luxembourg Sint Maarten
Austria Eritrea Madagascar Slovak Republic
Bahamas Estonia Malawi Slovenia
Bahrain Ethiopia Mali Soloman Islands
Bangladesh Finland Malta Somalia
Barbados France Mauritania South Sudan
Belgium Gambia Mexico Spain
Belize Germany Moldova* Saint Kitts and Nevis
Benin Greece Montenegro Saint Lucia
Bhutan Grenada Montserrat Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Bonaire Grenadines Morocco Sweden
British Virgin Islands Guatemala Mozambique Switzerland
Bulgaria Guinea Nepal Taiwan
Burkina Faso Guinea Bissau Netherlands Tanzania U.R.
Burundi Guyana New Zealand Timor- Leste (East Timor)
Cambodia Haiti Nicaragua Togo
Canada Honduras Niger Trinidad & Tobago
Central African Republic Hong Kong Norway Tuvalu
Chad Hungary Oman Uganda
Chile Iceland Panama Ukraine*
Colombia Ireland Peru United Kingdom
Comoros Israel Poland **United States of America
Democratic Republic of the Congo Italy Portugal Vanuatu
Costa Rica Jamaica Romania Yemen
Croatia Japan Rwanda Zambia
Curacao Kiribati Saba
Cyprus Korea, Republic of (South)
Czech Republic Laos

**Includes all US Territories: Puerto Rico, US. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa and Northern Mariana Islands.

 

Non-TAA Compliant Countries List Below:

*FAR 52.225-5 (Reviewed: June 2019); Federal Acquisition Regulation , Trade Agreements.

 

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Albania Georgia Marshall Islands Seychelles
Algeria Ghana Mauritius Sri Lanka
Argentina India Micronesia Sudan
Azerbaijan Indonesia Monaco South Africa
Belarus Iran Mongolia Suriname
Bolivia Iraq Myanmar Swaziland
Bosnia and Herzegovina Jordan Namibia Syria
Botswana Kazakhstan Nauru Tajikistan
Brazil Kenya Nigeria Thailand
Brunei Darussalam Korea, North Pakistan Tonga
Cameroon Kosovo Palau Tunisia
Cape Verde Kuwait Papua New Guinea Turkey
China Kyrgyzstan Paraguay Turkmenistan
Cote d’Ivoire Lebanon Philippines United Arab Emirates
Cuba Libya Qatar Uruguay
Ecuador Macao Republic of Congo Uzbekistan
Egypt Macedonia Russia Venezuela
Fiji Malaysia Saudi Arabia Vietnam
Gabon Maldives Serbia Zimbabwe

 

VA only – Waiver Required

The VA is in charge of the healthcare related Federal Supply Schedules (FSS.)There may be some instances where certain healthcare related products needed to save lives are only manufactured in non-TAA compliance countries including China. You must obtain a TAA Waiver from a Contracting Officer before you can add any non-TAA compliant products to your Schedule. The letter must state that the product is necessary and that they are providing a waiver of the TAA for a particular contract or task order.

The VA is currently processing Non-Availability Waiver Determinations under the VA’s 65 I B Pharmaceutical and Drugs Schedule program.  Furthermore, these waiver requests can only be processed for products falling under the scope of Special Item Number 42-2A Single source drug, innovator multiple source drug, and any biological product identified under Section 600.3 of Title 21, CFR.

 

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China Indonesia Malaysia
Sri Lanka Thailand

Sources:
World Trade Organization
GSA Vendor Support
VA – Office of Acquisition and Logistics  
FAR 25. 4 Acquisition.gov  
FAR 25.225-5 Acquisition.gov
Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States

 

*FAR Case 2016-009; New Designated Countries Effective as of October 31, 2016 for Moldova and Ukraine

52.225-5 Trade Agreements.

As prescribed in 25.1101(c)(1), insert the following clause:

Trade Agreements (Feb 2016)

(a) Definitions. As used in this clause—

“Caribbean Basin country end product”—

(1) Means an article that—

(i)    (A) Is wholly the growth, product, or manufacture of a Caribbean Basin country; or

(B) In the case of an article that consists in whole or in part of materials from another country, has been substantially transformed in a Caribbean Basin country into a new and different article of commerce with a name, character, or use distinct from that of the article or articles from which it was transformed; and

(ii) Is not excluded from duty-free treatment for Caribbean countries under 19 U.S.C. 2703(b).

(A) For this reason, the following articles are not Caribbean Basin country end products:

(1) Tuna, prepared or preserved in any manner in airtight containers;

(2) Petroleum, or any product derived from petroleum;

(3) Watches and watch parts (including cases, bracelets, and straps) of whatever type including, but not limited to, mechanical, quartz digital, or quartz analog, if such watches or watch parts contain any material that is the product of any country to which the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) column 2 rates of duty apply (i.e., Afghanistan, Cuba, Laos, North Korea, and Vietnam); and

(4) Certain of the following: textiles and apparel articles; footwear, handbags, luggage, flat goods, work gloves, and leather wearing apparel; or handloomed, handmade, and folklore articles;

(B) Access to the HTSUS to determine duty-free status of articles of these types is available at http://www.usitc.gov/tata/hts/. In particular, see the following:

(1) General Note 3(c), Products Eligible for Special Tariff treatment.

(2) General Note 17, Products of Countries Designated as Beneficiary Countries under the United States-Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act of 2000.

(3) Section XXII, Chapter 98, Subchapter II, Articles Exported and Returned, Advanced or Improved Abroad, U.S. Note 7(b).

(4) Section XXII, Chapter 98, Subchapter XX, Goods Eligible for Special Tariff Benefits under the United States-Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act; and

(2) Refers to a product offered for purchase under a supply contract, but for purposes of calculating the value of the acquisition, includes services (except transportation services) incidental to the article, provided that the value of those incidental services does not exceed that of the article itself.

“Designated country” means any of the following countries:

(1) A World Trade Organization Government Procurement Agreement (WTO GPA) country (Armenia, Aruba, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea (Republic of), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan (known in the World Trade Organization as “the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu (Chinese Taipei)”), or United Kingdom);

(2) A Free Trade Agreement (FTA) country (Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Korea (Republic of), Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, Oman, Panama, Peru, or Singapore);

(3) A least developed country (Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Kiribati, Laos, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Rwanda, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Yemen, or Zambia); or

(4) A Caribbean Basin country (Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Curacao, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saba, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten, or Trinidad and Tobago).

“Designated country end product” means a WTO GPA country end product, an FTA country end product, a least developed country end product, or a Caribbean Basin country end product.

“End product” means those articles, materials, and supplies to be acquired under the contract for public use.

“Free Trade Agreement country end product” means an article that—

(1) Is wholly the growth, product, or manufacture of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) country; or

(2) In the case of an article that consists in whole or in part of materials from another country, has been substantially transformed in an FTA country into a new and different article of commerce with a name, character, or use distinct from that of the article or articles from which it was transformed. The term refers to a product offered for purchase under a supply contract, but for purposes of calculating the value of the end product includes services (except transportation services) incidental to the article, provided that the value of those incidental services does not exceed that of the article itself.

“Least developed country end product” means an article that—

(1) Is wholly the growth, product, or manufacture of a least developed country; or

(2) In the case of an article that consists in whole or in part of materials from another country, has been substantially transformed in a least developed country into a new and different article of commerce with a name, character, or use distinct from that of the article or articles from which it was transformed. The term refers to a product offered for purchase under a supply contract, but for purposes of calculating the value of the end product, includes services (except transportation services) incidental to the article, provided that the value of those incidental services does not exceed that of the article itself.“United States” means the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and outlying areas.

“U.S.-made end product” means an article that is mined, produced, or manufactured in the United States or that is substantially transformed in the United States into a new and different article of commerce with a name, character, or use distinct from that of the article or articles from which it was transformed.

“WTO GPA country end product” means an article that—

(1) Is wholly the growth, product, or manufacture of a WTO GPA country; or

(2) In the case of an article that consists in whole or in part of materials from another country, has been substantially transformed in a WTO GPA country into a new and different article of commerce with a name, character, or use distinct from that of the article or articles from which it was transformed. The term refers to a product offered for purchase under a supply contract, but for purposes of calculating the value of the end product includes services, (except transportation services) incidental to the article, provided that the value of those incidental services does not exceed that of the article itself.

(b) Delivery of end products. The Contracting Officer has determined that the WTO GPA and FTAs apply to this acquisition. Unless otherwise specified, these trade agreements apply to all items in the Schedule. The Contractor shall deliver under this contract only U.S.-made or designated country end products except to the extent that, in its offer, it specified delivery of other end products in the provision entitled “Trade Agreements Certificate.”

(End of clause)

Register For the New FAS Sales Reporting System

Register For the New FAS Sales Reporting System

GSA’s Sales Reporting System Open to All

As reported last month and in emails that you may have already received from GSA; GSA’s legacy sales reporting system is being terminated and existing users are being transitioned over to the FAS Sales Reporting System (SRP).

We’re pleased to announce that FAS SRP is now available for registrations.  If you are an active 72a user, this new sales reporting platform is now open for registrations.

Whether you act on this now or later, there is no (more…)

Prepare For the New FAS Sales Reporting System

Prepare For the New FAS Sales Reporting System

72A to be Terminated This Year

(May 20, 2019 Update:  Register For the New FAS Sales Reporting System)

As many GSA Schedule contractors are aware by now, GSA will be retiring the 72a Sales Reporting System and will require current users to make a switch to the new FAS Sales Reporting Portal (SRP).  72a is currently being described by GSA as a “legacy” system and will be terminated later this year.

You may have received correspondence from GSA earlier this year about the upcoming transition, however it did not specify the most important questions: when exactly will the transfer occur, how will this be done, and who will have access?

As of yesterday, many contractors are reporting about very specific instruction received regarding the
transition.  All questions have been answered and many concerns have been alleviated.

If you are currently using 72a as the platform to report sales, it is likely this April will be the last time you will be use this legacy system.  For this reporting quarter continue using your standard process: gather your sales by Special Item Numbers awarded against your contract and report via 72a as you normally would.  If you have generated any IFF (Industrial Funding Fee), continue to process payment via 72a as well.  Finally, say farewell to 72a as this would be the last time your going to be using this system.

Mark your calendars!  Sometime in May of this year, you will be able to set up your new FAS SRP
account.  Authorized Negotiators, Contract Administrators, and the listed IFF Representative on your contract will all be able to register.  Be advised that
this system will have implemented GSA’s improved security enhancements
and will not require the use of digital certificates,
however will still be used when submitting modifications and offers to GSA.

After the FAS SRP has been properly set up, your next sales report and IFF remittance will be completed within the FAS SRP for the APR-JUN 2019 quarter.  Sometime after, your historical records will also be migrated from legacy to SRP.

Don’t wait until the next SRP update from GSA!  There are actions that you can do now to help ensure a successful transition to the new sales portal.  We strongly suggest that you review your contracts’ listed points of contact and ensure that all contacts have valid contact information.  If something needs to be adjusted, or new points of contact need to be added, contact your Contracting Officer and submit your modifications now!

As always, we will strive to keep you up to date with the latest updates from GSA.  Please contact us if there’s anything that we can do to help via email or call us directly at 210-402-6766.

FPT is now Discontinued

FPT is now Discontinued

GSA Discontinues its Formatted Product Tool (FPT) Pilot Program

GSA has distributed its announcement about the agency’s decision to discontinue its Formatted Product Tool pilot program. Just as I was, contractors falling under the 58 I, 72, and 66 GSA schedule program types were struck with mixed feelings upon receipt of the recent announcement . (more…)

How to Sell on FedMall

How to Sell on FedMall

Become a Supplier on DLA’s eCommerce Platform.

FedMall is the redesigned successor of the DLA eMall program; a successful 20-year purchasing program. FedMall is an eCommerce platform which hosts millions of products that are available for purchase by authorized entities. It includes tools to assist both customers and suppliers with functions that allow for product catalog management, tracking purchases, and more.  FedMall is comparable to popular commercial and government eCommerce shopping sites, such as Amazon.com and GSAAdvantage.gov respectively, this online shopping center is made available to Government customers from Federal, State, and local agencies. (more…)

How Will New Defense Legislation Transform the DoD Acquisition Process

How Will New Defense Legislation Transform the DoD Acquisition Process

On May 18, House Armed Services Committee Chairman, Congressman Thornberry introduced the Defense Acquisition Streamlining and Transparency Act (HR 2511), which aims to modernize how the Department of Defense (DoD) procures goods and services.  The draft legislation would allow the Pentagon to use e-commerce (online) vendors for commercial off-the-shelf products, streamline the defense contract audit process, and enhance the acquisition of services. (more…)

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Fraud Alert

Fraudulent Purchase Orders for IT-Related Commodity Items

The Texas Comptroller’s office is sending out notifications advising contractors of several confirmed instances of fraudulent purchase orders being distributed to vendors without the agencies’ authorization.   All TXMAS and TXDIR contractors are being advised to double check all state purchase orders received. (more…)

Transition Assistance for San Antonio Military Veterans

Jack Coley meets with Mayor Ivy Taylor to discuss Military Veteran transition assistance ideas for San Antonio.

Jack introduced Force+, our Military Veteran-focused, Transition Management Platform, designed by Veterans, that enhance a community’s ability to successfully transition more military Veterans into the workforce. (more…)

FedMALL / DLA Schedule to Reopen to New Vendors Soon!

FedMALL / DLA Schedule to Reopen to New Vendors Soon!

Get Started now to List your Products on FedMALL

As more and more agencies are being directed to the DOD FedMALL platform, many vendors have been looking for ways to place their product catalog on this booming platform. DOD FEDMALL is an eCommerce site in which agencies can purchase commercial items from qualifying Product Service Codes shown in table below; however, a contractor must have a current long-term government contract in place in order to qualify to place the same products and pricing onto the FedMALL eCommerce site. (more…)

Validate Your ACES Business Representative Certificate with GSA

Digital Certificates: Don’t let this delay your success!

All GSA Schedule holders and new offerors who wish to do business with the GSA Federal Supply Schedule program must have a digital certificate to access various GSA systems that are essential for continued success.  These systems include the eOffer system (used to submit new offers to GSA), eMod (submitting contract modifications), and the new FAS Sales Reporting system used to submit your monthly FSS sales. (more…)

What is a CAGE Code?

What is a CAGE Code?

CAGE Code stands for Commercial and Government Entity code.

The Department of Defense’s Defense Logistics Agency, (DLA) assigns the five-character ID and uses alpha numeric identifier is assigned to entities located in the United States and its’ territories.

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GSA Supply Acquisition Center Industry Days at Ft. Worth, TX

The annual GSA Supply Acquisition Center Industry Days will be held in just a few months. The couple of days will be geared towards those who have a schedule 73, 56, or 66 contract.

The event will take place on: (more…)

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