As reported in January, GSA continues to roll out the FAS Catalog Platform (FCP) to GSA Schedule holders. Now that numerous contracts have crossed over to FCP, we can shed a bit more light on the new ways to process modifications. Further, we are pleased to share some of our experiences and insights to help contractors submit clean catalogs and modifications over to the Contracting Officer.

eMod Is Not Going Away

FCP or not, contractors must continue to use eMod for all modification submissions, clarifications, and award actions. Modifications must continue to follow GSA’s modification guidelines, however, FCP contractors will not use the usual standardized Price Proposal Templates to upload in eMod. Instead, FCP will generate its own price proposal (FCP Compliance & Pricing Report) and will be submitted to eMod via FCP. All other supporting documents are then uploaded into eMod.

Including both types of price proposals may lead to rejection, and if this happens, the contractor must restart the FCP process in a new action.

Rest in peace, SIP. We will miss you. Truly.

Another notable change. Once the modification is awarded and the SF30 is executed in eMod, anything still standing in FCP will automatically be published to GSAAdvantage. In a separate action (still FCP), the contractor must also submit an updated GSA Price List that reflects the modification award.

Time to Update the GSA Price List! But Where’s My eMod Type?

There are also some odd exclusions for certain mod types when updating the GSA Price List in FCP. In most cases, the contractor must submit a new price list via FCP after the award by selecting the same eMod ID generated in eMod. This will not always be the case.

Example: The contractor is trying to update socio-economic statuses on the GSA Schedule contract; however, the contractor cannot select the correct eMod ID in FCP simply because it’s not there. As recommended by the GSA Vendor Support Center, the contractor will have to select another eMod type in FCP or initiate another modification in eMod for the purposes of GSA Price List publication. Makes sense? Until another update comes in, it shouldn’t. Below are the eMod types that map back to FCP for the time being:

  • Add Product(s)
  • Add SIN
  • Address Change
  • Catalog Baseline – Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) Products
  • Change in Geographic Coverage (Scope)
  • Contract Administrator/Point of Contact (POC)
  • Delete Product(s)
  • Delete SIN
  • Economic Price Adjustments (EPA) with Commercial Price List (increase)
  • Economic Price Adjustments (EPA) without Commercial Price List (increase)
  • Email Address Change
  • Exercise an Option
  • Fax Change
  • Order Point of Contact (POC)
  • Permanent Price Reduction (Based on Most Favored Customer)
  • Permanent Price Reduction (Industry Partner requested)
  • Point of Contacts for Manufacturers, Dealers, Resellers, Agents
  • Product Descriptive Change
  • Revise Terms and Conditions
  • Telephone Change
  • Temporary Price Reduction
  • Website Address Change

FCP and SIP Difference

Now that we have had enough time to experience the FCP processing, we have identified a few differences that SIP users will run into.

MFR Name and Part Number 40 Character Count Limitation:

  • SIP Users may have submitted Manufacturer Names and Part Numbers that are over the 40 character count limitation. SIP will not provide any errors, but when published to GSAAdvantage, there is a noticeable cut off at the 41st
  • FCP catches this initially and prohibits the modification from being submitted to the Contracting Officer.

Part Numbers cut off at the 41st character may also produce duplication across the catalog. Contractors should contact the Contracting Officer for resolution if this applies. The contractor may have to submit an additional modification to adjust part numbers into another acceptable format.

FCP for Service-based Contractors

A full-management platform such as this will continue to produce updates and improvements over time. Contractors with product-based should continue to monitor emails for their FCP transition date. FCP does not support service-based contracts just yet, but contractors should still be on the lookout. GSA is currently working on and implementing service and training templates in FCP and will begin rolling out this summer.

Coley has supported clients completing modifications and updates to help keep their GSA Schedule compliant for over 23 years.  Reach out to Coley if you need to help preparing for the FCP transition. Contact us by email at, phone at 210.402.6766 or  schedule a call at a time convenient for you.

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