The General Services Administration has begun implementing an initiative that seeks to authorize government agencies to purchase order-level materials through the Multiple Award Schedules program.
OLMs are supplies or services procured in support of a delivery or task order that are not determined at the time of a contract award.
GSA started updating solicitations and issuing modifications to vendors last June 18 to carry out the OLM authority through several schedules, Mark Lee, assistant commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service’s office of policy and compliance at GSA, wrote in a blog post published Tuesday.
Those OLM-authorized schedules include Schedule 03FAC for facilities maintenance and management; Schedule 00CORP for professional services; and Schedule 70 for commercial information technology software, equipment and services.
The agency also integrated special ordering procedures into contracts under OLM-authorized schedules and assigned a special item number for OLMs to facilitate the inclusion of such ancillary services in schedule orders by agencies.
Lee noted the OLM program aims to establish consistency between the MAS program and other indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts, reduce contract duplication and eliminate barriers for small businesses seeking to enter the federal marketplace.
The final rule for the implementation of the OLM initiative took effect in January.