As GSA moves from 24 separate schedules to one Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) they are beginning to release some concrete dates. For an updated timeline, visit our “Guide to Prepare for MASS Modifications.“
The MAS transition has always been defined as a three-phase process beginning October 01, 2019 and stretching through July 2020, but the phase II and II dates were nebulous. Here are the dates as they have been shared with us from GSA Contracting Officers:
PHASE II – Accepting MAS Solicitation
- January 31 – Mass modifications accepting the latest MAS solicitation will be sent to legacy contract holders. Every contract will need to accept the mass the modification. They are stating that these
modifications will be sent in batches and make takes days or weeks to reach everyone.
- January 31 – Modifications to add a new SIN through eOffer will be removed. New SIN additions will be placed on hold until
March 14th. SIN additions submitted prior to that deadline will still be considered though there may be a higher likelihood of rejection
PHASE III – Consolidating Legacy Contract to the MAS Contract>
- July 01 – (targeted start date) Legacy contracts will be asked to work with the MAS Program Management Office (PMO) and the affected Authorizing Official (AO); likely your Procurement Contracting Officers (PCO), to develop a transition plan to consolidate multiple contracts.
Each Vendor will have the option to determine which schedule should be the primary and accept the SINs of the other schedule. The timeline for each transition will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
Legacy vendors with only one schedule will have a much easier time of transition, as acceptance of the mass modification is the primary action.
- NOTE – It is possible to get ahead of the consolidation before July 2020 by completing add SIN modifications after the March 14th date to include SINs you have on other schedules onto
your preferred schedule. It is yet to be seen if you will be required to complete the modification requirements as if they are newly added SINs, meaning providing substantiation and past performance or if discounts will be re-negotiated. Once you add all relevant SINs to your primary contract, you will then cancel the other contract.
This will be a harried time and our conversations with PCOs have stated that they are not 100 percent certain of ease of transition will be moving forward. It is important to understand what you should consider when determining the best schedule to keep.
We will be providing modifications, guidance and training for all Coley customers. If you need assistance, contact Coley today.
Vice President for Coley Government Contracting Services, Dan leads the day-to-day Consulting Practice. He has more than a decade of experience with the acquisition, management, and marketing of Federal, State, and Local government contracts. Daniel specializes in all aspects of GSA Schedules management and marketing and has helped hundreds of Coley clients remain compliant with the terms of their GSA contract while helping them expand their business.