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Jack St. John: GSA Plans to Make Transactional Data Reporting Rule Voluntary

The General Services Administration plans to transition into policies some of President Donald Trump’s priorities for acquisition by summer and one of those is to make the mandatory Transactional Data Reporting rule into a voluntary requirement, Federal News Radio reported Friday.

Jack St. John, chief of staff at GSA, said at the Coalition for Government Procurement’s Spring Conference in Virginia Thursday that GSA plans to reassess the “burdens and benefits of TDR.”

He noted the move to re-evaluate the TDR rule is in response to the Trump administration’s aim to relieve vendors of regulatory burden.

GSA issued the final TDR rule in June 2016 in an effort to simplify the disclosure and tracking requirements for federal contractors.

St. John said GSA has initiated several initiatives to mitigate solicitation challenges related to the Professional Services Schedule.

Those include efforts to reduce costs associated with the submission of proposals under PSS, eliminate repetitions in solicitation requirements and development of a strategy to reopen a contract vehicle used by federal agencies to procure office supplies – Schedule 75.

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