Alan Thomas: GSA Eyes Major Changes to Schedules Program in 2019

Alan Thomas, commissioner of the General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service, told Federal News Radio in an interview published Monday that comments from industry and agency clients help incite reforms to GSA’s schedules program and one of those changes is the elimination of the minimum purchase thresholds.

“We consistently hear from customers that minimum order quantities often times will lead them to cancel orders,” Thomas said.

“We are working with vendors on schedule to try and reduce or in some cases remove those minimum order quantities.”

Thomas mentioned other schedule modernization efforts in 2019 such as the procurement of “order level materials” under the same schedule, fee adjustments and transparency initiatives.

He noted that a working group at FAS is expected to provide recommendations on potential consolidation of schedule contracts by year’s end with implementation slated for late next year or 2020.

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