Julie Dunne, commissioner of the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Federal Acquisition Service (FAS), said GSA provided updates on Multiple Award Schedule Consolidation, Catalog Management, Commercial Platforms Initiative and other cornerstone projects through its Federal Marketplace Strategy Summer 2020 Release.
Dunne wrote in a blog post published Thursday the release announced the completion of the second phase of MAS Consolidation on July 31 and noted the potential benefits to workforce and industry partners once the multiple contract consolidation phase is completed.
“Once complete, our industry partners will have just one Schedule contract with GSA – streamlining their business operations with us,” Dunne wrote. “And, the workforce has fewer contracts to manage, so they can focus on excellence in service delivery. This is really a win-win-win for everyone.”
For the Commercial Platforms, Dunne said GSA has awarded Amazon Business, Overstock.com and Fisher Scientific contracts to support the agency’s proof of concept to test e-marketplace platforms to facilitate the procurement process. She noted that the agency expects to launch the proof of concept in August.
GSA has begun developing the core infrastructure for the Authoritative Catalog Repository as part of the cloud-based Catalog Management project and awarded a contract to build the Verified Products Portal, which will collect product information from manufacturers.