The General Services Administration (GSA) expects to conclude the third phase of its Multiple Award Schedule consolidation effort by the end of 2021, FedScoop reported Wednesday.
GSA announced the completion of the second phase of MAS consolidation in August 2020 and now wants vendors holding multiple contracts to submit plans by the end of the year on how to merge those contracts into one per unique entity identifier as part of the effort's final phase.
“The rest of this year we’ll be focused on moving companies that have multiple contracts to one [contracting officer], so that you guys can establish your plans for any of these small businesses that do have multiple contracts,” Stephanie Shutt, director of the MAS program management office, said Wednesday during an ACT-IAC event.
Shutt said MAS consolidation is a “foundational” effort and one of the four elements of GSA’s Federal Marketplace Strategy that seeks to streamline the acquisition process.
In November 2018, GSA announced plans to combine 24 schedules into a single procurement vehicle to simplify the buying process for customer agencies.