What You Need to Know About Phase 3 of the GSA MAS Consolidation
The Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) Consolidation is GSA’s plan to merge the 24 legacy GSA Schedules into one new GSA MAS Contract.
- Phase 1 began last year and impacted prospective GSA contractors.
- Phase 2 kicked off this past January and impacted all existing GSA contractors.
- Phase 3 is scheduled to begin around August of this year and will impact GSA eLibrary, eBuy, and GSA Advantage, as well as companies that hold multiple GSA Schedules.
MAS Consolidation Phase 3
Phase 3 is the final phase of the Consolidation and does not have an end date. While the phase will begin with the update of GSA eTools – eLibrary, eBuy, and GSA Advantage – it will mainly focus on companies with multiple GSA Schedules. Ultimately, GSA’s goal is to get all contractors down to one contract per Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number.
Phase 3 of the MAS Consolidation – Quick Highlights
All GSA Contractors
- Beginning in August, GSA eTools (eLibrary, eBuy, and GSA Advantage) will remove reference to the legacy GSA Schedules/SINs and only include the new GSA MAS categories.
- Any items on GSA Advantage that still reflect the legacy GSA Schedules/SINs will be removed if not updated by July 31, 2020.
- If you fail to sign mass modification A812 by July 31, 2020 your contract will be dropped from eLibrary and you’ll lose access to GSA Advantage and eBuy.
Contractors with Multiple GSA Schedules
- GSA plans to issue instructions regarding Phase 3 in July of 2020.
- GSA asks that you wait to approach your Contracting Officer regarding Phase 3 until all instructions are released.
- GSA reserves the right to reject any modification submitted before July that attempts to migrate SINs from one of your GSA contracts to another.
- In August, GSA will begin reaching out to contractors that are included in Phase 3.
- Due to the fiscal year-end timing, GSA will not ask companies for consolidation plans until January of 2021.
- GSA will not cancel any contracts tied to a BPA with an active Period of Performance.
Some companies may recall the creation of the Professional Services Schedule (PSS) in 2016, which involved the merger of seven GSA Schedules into one. In that case, GSA created a migration process for companies to consolidate multiple PSS contracts into a single contract.
Based upon the information we’ve received so far, it does not look like Phase 3 will include a special migration process for companies to consolidate multiple contracts. However, stay tuned, we are still waiting for final instructions to be released in July, so this could change.
Phase 3 of the MAS Consolidation – Anticipated Process
GSA’s MAS Program Management Office (MAS PMO) will begin reaching out to companies that are part of Phase 3 in August. During this phase, GSA will help companies develop a plan for merging multiple contracts into one. This will be a team effort that involves the contract holder, each of their Contracting Officers, and the MAS PMO.
In most cases, companies will identify a “surviving” contract that best fulfills the intent of their company’s offerings. Contractors will then work to identify a cancellation or expiration date for each retiring contract. GSA has emphasized they won’t cancel contracts if there is a conflict with current open orders or BPAs.
Phase 3 of the MAS Consolidation – Companies Excluded
Not all companies with multiple GSA Schedules will be included in Phase 3. If your company has multiple GSA Schedules, but each is under different DUNS number, you will not be included in Phase 3. Earlier this year, GSA also announced they would only reach out to companies that hold two or more GSA Schedules with more than five years left on each contract term. That means if you have two GSA Schedules, but one is at the end of its 20-year term and expires in 2025, GSA will not include your company in Phase 3.