Will GSA’s Transactional Data Reporting Pilot Program be Extended?
A number of prospective and existing GSA Schedule contractors have eagerly anticipated the verdict on GSA’s well received TDR pilot program. Unfortunately, it will be another year until the program’s final fate is determined. GSA just announced this week they will extend the TDR pilot through fiscal year 2020. GSA wants to focus their efforts on the upcoming Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) Consolidation and allow time to gather data on TDR under the new, single GSA Schedule.
TDR was initially introduced in 2016 as a three-year pilot program that included six GSA Schedules in their entirety and specific Special Item Numbers (SINs) under two GSA Schedules (see the chart below). Today, any company that holds or is pursuing a qualifying GSA Schedule/SIN, has the option to participate in Transactional Data Reporting.
|Schedule #||Schedule Name||SINs Included|
|70||IT Products & Services||132-8, 132-32/33/34, 132-54/55|
|73||Food Service Equipment||All|
|00CORP||Professional Services||871-1 through 871-7 (Engineering)|
|51 V||Hardware Superstore||All|
|58 I||Audio/Video Solutions||All|
|72||Furnishings & Floor Coverings||All|
What is Transactional Data Reporting?
The TDR program collects transactional data on GSA Schedule sales including, but not limited to: the quantity, unit of measure, part number, product description, and price of items. Instead of just reporting high-level GSA Schedule sales by SIN on a quarterly basis, companies that participate in TDR must report transactional-level data on a monthly basis.
Why Would You Want to Participate in TDR?
In exchange for additional reporting, TDR contractors are exempt from the Price Reduction Clause (PRC) and Commercial Sales Practices (CSP) tracking and reporting requirements.
TDR saves both the contractor and GSA administrative time, by cutting out CSP and PRC requirements. GSA is also using the additional transparency into Schedule sales to support better buying decisions and category management initiatives that rely on federal buying data.
Transactional Data Reporting & the MAS Consolidation
If you were wondering if TDR would be extended to all GSA Schedule Contract holders after the MAS Consolidation, you would not be alone. GSA has addressed this question during their monthly MAS Consolidation webinars. When the new, single MAS Schedule is released in October, TDR will continue to be an option under SINs that correspond with those in the pilot program.
Today, if you are pursuing eligible SINs under the IT Schedule 70 or Professional Services Schedule and opt to participate in TDR, then your entire GSA Schedule Contract is subject to TDR. GSA has stated this same concept will apply after the MAS Consolidation. If you pursue a new GSA Schedule with TDR eligible SINs or modify your contract to add a TDR eligible SIN, TDR will apply to your entire contract, not just the eligible SINs. If your company currently holds multiple GSA Schedules where one or more is TDR and one or more is non-TDR, you will eventually be given the option to consolidate all of your GSA Schedules into one contract that is TDR (possibly late summer of 2020).
While GSA could decide to continue or cancel the TDR pilot at the end of fiscal year 2020, we hope they decide to extend the TDR option to all GSA Schedule contractors, regardless of the SIN(s).
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