The General Services Administration will implement a series of changes to the Multiple Award Schedules program in order to address concerns over price variability, flexibility and regulatory complexities
Jeffrey Koses, a senior procurement executive at GSA’s Office of Government-wide Policy, said Monday on the GSA blog that the agency will propose a new rule for transactional data reporting, a class deviation on commercial supplier agreements and Federal Acquisition Regulation cases.
Under the proposed transactional data reporting rule, vendors will electronically submit information on the prices paid by government customers to deliver market intelligence.
Koses said GSA will do a phased implementation initially with a pilot on commoditized services and remove other reporting requirements.
The class deviation will work to address differences in language between commercial supplier agreements and federal law such as FAR and the General Services Acquisition Regulation to reduce time on contract negotiations.
GSA will issue the finalized class deviation for 15 items on May 1, Koses said.
He added that the new FAR cases on order-level materials and fair and reasonable pricing will work to streamline and clarify the process of placing orders on the MAS program.