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Tiffany Hixson: GSA to Consolidate Professional Services Contract Schedules

Tiffany Hixson

The General Services Administration is looking to merge seven government-wide acquisition contract vehicles for professional services into one federal schedule, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday.

Jason Miller writes that GSA plans to consolidate schedules that industry uses to offer management consulting, environmental, financial, engineering, logistics, marketing and language services across the government.

“We are really hoping that will make it much easier for federal contracting officers to get those services, in particular where we have a requirement that covers a number of services areas,” Tiffany Hixson, professional services category executive at GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service, told the radio station.

“Additionally, we will be able to reduce our administrative overhead, and for our contractors, it will reduce the cost of administering the number of schedules that we’ve got in the professional services area,” she added, according to the station.

Miller reports that GSA wants to apply the same approach for professional services vehicles as it did with the Alliant information technology services GWAC.

“Our goal is to get down to one, but we may end up with two or three professional services schedule,” Hixson told the station.

GSA plans to begin formal discussions with contractors on the seven schedules in October and aims to complete the vehicles consolidation by November 2015.

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