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Government Shutdown Begins

Congress was unable to agree upon and sign a budget plan by the September 30th deadline, making “nonessential” government services and departments go into shutdown mode. The federal government is shutting down for first time in nearly 20 years.

Source:  FCW.COM

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GSA’s IT Schedule 70 Industry Meeting

On September 12, 2013,  The General Services Administration (GSA)’s IT70 Center held its Quarterly Industry Meeting as an opportunity for IT Schedule 70 leadership to meet with industry and provide information on IT Schedule 70’s key initiatives, policy updates, and outreach efforts.

The webinar covered the following topics:

• Increasing market share
• Bringing innovation to the customer quickly
• Supporting strategic sourcing
• Employee engagement and training
• Communications
• Solicitation refresh
• EULA review
• Small business subcontracting reporting
• Dual contracts/evergreen
• Sales clause compliance
• Consistency in acquisitions practices

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GSA Multiple Award Schedule Pricing Policies Are Costly and Chill Competition, Say Contractors

Federal Computer Week reported on September 18 that the Coalition for Government Procurement released a white paper on GSA’s Schedule pricing policies, “GSA Multiple Award Schedule Pricing: Recommendations to Embrace Regulatory and Commercial Market Changes.”

FCW reports that the white paper lists several suggestions for updates to acquisition rules, however, it primarily addresses the Price Reduction Clause (PRC) as one of the most problematic issues for contractors. The PRC requires companies to disclose to federal buyers the discounts they give to private-sector customers. Contractors often don't make their latest technology available through federal schedules. The expenses to build an infrastructure to track pricing for services and products sold via thousands of private contracts is costly to justify, the whitepaper says.

Source:  FCW.COM

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GSA Issues Instructional Letter on Price Reductions Over the Maximum Order Threshold

GSA issued Instructional Letter 2013-06 on September 16, 2013. The letter summarizes GSA’s interpretation of the cancelled clause I-FSS-125 and provides for deletion of any remaining I-FSS-125 clauses and all similar language.

There has been a misinterpretation regarding the applicability of the Price Reductions Clause for orders exceeding the maximum order threshold (MOT) in relation to cancelled clause I-FSS-125. The GSA Office of Inspector General (OIG) audit report, Applicability of Price Reductions Over the Maximum Order Threshold, identified a small group of contractors who cited cancelled clause I-FSS-125 as the basis for not passing on price reductions to government customers when the order is over the MOT. The contractors claim that clause I-FSS-125 exempts such sales from the application of the PRC.

GSA’s interpretation of I-FSS-125(b)(1) is that it refers to government orders where the ordering activity has requested a reduced price/discount. It says that offering a discount to a government customer will not trigger a price reduction. However, price reductions may be triggered by changes to the commercial catalog and/or sales to the Basis of Award (BOA) customer (or category or customers). And if price reductions are triggered, the resulting price reductions must be passed on to government customers in accordance with GSAM Clause 552.238-75(c)(2), regardless of order size.

I-FSS-125 was cancelled in 2004. GSA has initiated a program-wide mass modification to address the deletion of clause I-FSS-125 and any similar language.

Source:  ASAP.GSA.GOV

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Colorado Flooding - Presidentially Declared Disaster

Disaster Recovery is a GSA program that allows state and local governments to buy from any GSA schedule contract holder, in preparation, response or recovery from major disasters declared by the president.

The recent flooding in Colorado has been declared such a disaster. GSA’s regional office in Denver contacted state and local offices to provide information about this resource.

GSA’s office will also search GSA’s Advantage site, and compile a list of local vendors who have agreed to take part in the Disaster Recovery program.

Source:  GSA.GOV

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New EnergyStar Requirements Take Effect in January 2014

GSA’s Schedule 36 solicitation has added language to the contract to ensure that all copiers are Energy Star compliant. Non Energy Star copiers are no longer acceptable.

Schedule 36 contractors must ensure that any and all products currently on your GSA contract are compliant with the new EnergyStar requirements. If they are not, then submit a modification request to delete them from your contract, and have your GSA Advantage text file and online catalog revised to reflect the change(s) effective January 1, 2014.

Please contact your WMG consultant for further information.

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GSA Encourages Telecommuting To Cut Costs and Increase Energy Efficiency

Federal Computer Week reported on Sept. 19 that the General Services Administration is hoping to save millions by reducing office space and “encouraging agencies to embrace a more mobile workforce.“

This initiative is expected to provide resources and expertise to help federal agencies reduce their office space, foster collaboration, better manage IT spending, and increase energy efficiency. In a time of reducing budgets, the initiative is intended to save taxpayer dollars and help customer agencies better serve the American people, FCW reports.

Source:  FCW.COM

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eOffer/eMod System Will Be Down for Scheduled Maintenance

A system maintenance is planned for GSA’s eOffer/eMod application starting Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 9:00 PM EST and ending on Sunday, October 6, 2013 5:00 PM EST.

Source:  EOFFER.GSA.GOV

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Reminder to Comply with Your Reporting Deadlines

GSA contract Industrial Funding Fee (IFF) Sales Reporting and Payments are due no later than October 30, 2013.

The Individual Summary Report (ISR) is due semi-annually and at contract completion, always within 30 days after the close of each reporting period unless otherwise directed by the contracting officer. Normally these deadlines would be April 30th for the period ended March 31st and October 30th for the period ended September 30th. A separate report is also due within 30 days after contract completion. Reports are required when due, regardless of whether there has been any subcontracting activity since the inception of the contract or since the last reporting period.

Summary Subcontracting Reports (SSR) must be submitted semi-annually (for the six months ended March 31st and the twelve months ended September 30th) for contracts with DOD and NASA, and annually (for twelve months ended September 30th) for contracts with civilian agencies, except for contracts covered by an approved Commercial Plan. Reports are due 30 days after the close of each reporting period.

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eSRS Reporting Guidance for DoD Contractors

E-mail notification was sent on Sept. 26 to contractors registered in eSRS and is applicable ONLY to contractors submitting subcontracting reports to DoD regarding the recent policy (Class Deviation 2013-O0014, dated September 9, 2013) which changes the submission of reports in eSRS for DoD contractors.

The e-mail lists the changes are as follows:

“1) This deviation ONLY affects SSRs (required by an Individual Subcontract Plan). This deviation does NOT change the submission of the Individual Subcontract Reports (ISRs) OR the SSRs required by a Commercial Subcontract Plan OR the DoD Comprehensive Subcontract Plan.

“2) Beginning with FY 14 reporting, the SSR for DoD will be submitted ANNUALLY [for the twelve month report period (Oct 1 - Sep 30)] NOT SEMIANNUALLY.

“3) For FY 13 reporting, contractors submit their consolidated SSR in eSRS to the Department of Defense (9700) and NOT to the department/agency which administers the majority of their subcontract plans OR to each department/agency which awarded construction or maintenance type contracts.

“4)  For FY 13 reporting, contractors do NOT submit the ‘SDB Year-End Report’ OR the ‘SDB Participation Report’ as they are NO LONGER authorized since 10 U.S.C 2323 has expired.”

Source:  ACQ.OSD.MIL

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SEWP V Amendment 4 Released

SEWP V Amendment 4 was released on September 25, 2013. Additionally, SEWP V RFP Questions and Answers set 2 were posted.

Source:  SEWP.NASA.GOV

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Notice Under the OASIS Solicitations Released

Notice was released that a federal government shut-down will not affect the proposal due date of the OASIS solicitations. The OASIS Program Office will not be included in the potential shut-down. As a result, the OASIS Program does not anticipate an extension to the proposal due date and all solicitation instructions for submitting proposals remain in effect.

OASIS (Unrestricted) Source:  FBO.GOV

OASIS (SB) Source:  FBO.GOV

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Third protest of OASIS solicitation

Federal News Radio reported that the General Services Administration is facing its third protest of the multi-billion dollar One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS) solicitation.

GSA's bid protest official denied the claim made by Aljucar, Anvil-Incus over the joint venture terms in the OASIS request for proposals. A company official told Federal News Radio that Aljucar, Anvil-Incus has filed a protest with the Government Accountability Office because it believes GSA is restricting the ability of small businesses to bid on OASIS.

Source:  FederalNewsRadio.COM

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Chart Schedule 71 Top Ten through 2Q GFY '13





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Events

Oct 3, 2013 Webinar

TheCGP.ORG: The Service Contract Act and its Application to Mulitple Award Schedule Contracting

Oct 8, 2013  Webinar

Deltek: How to Enter the State & Local Market - Outlooks & Perspectives

Oct 14 - 17, 2013 

Deltek Insight 2013

Oct 30, 2013

TheCGP.ORG: Fall Training Conference – The New Federal Market

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