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Several weeks ago, a debate occurred on this forum on placing
orders under GSA Schedule. I couldn't find the thread but the
argument concerned an audit of proper schedule use. The audit
found that most of the orders examined failed to follow proper
procedures established for that schedule by GSA. Some felt the
confusion stemmed from GSA changing the rules and not providing
enough notice. Also, some said they didn't see how GSA can
impose rules different from what the FAR contains.
The audit failed to mention that the procedures were not in
place until relatively recently. In addition, some of the
schedules issued by schedule holders did not repeat the
procedures correctly; know of one which stated that the Ordering
Office should simply look at three schedules and place the order
(which would be correct for products, but not for services).
Anon2, please look at the last sentence in the extract from
the FAR provided by Formerfed. Based on that sentence, is it
still your position that "the affected Schedules" do
not have to contain the special ordering procedures?
It's tough to get a schedule contract copy from GSA. Their 1102s refer you to the contractors instead.
What was the name of that other thread? I believe there were
some case law citations there that I'd like to research.?
Todays Federal Computer Week has some interesting information on this subject. Professional services account for 53% of Schedule revenue; Schedule business grew from $1.2 billion in 1998 to $5.5 billion last year; and a GSA study showed that agencies place orders under Schedule in 1/4 the time for open market acquisitions. So any drastic changes to the process will have major impact throughout the Government. For starters, GSA obtains funding from each order placing. Curtailing this revenue translates to severe financial harm to GSA and their staff. On the agency/customer side, most take for granted that new orders for unplanned needs can happen quickly. If the rug suddenly gets pulled, that can hurt. This will be something to watch.
If you click on topics to the left when the window opens click on contracts general discussion scroll to the bottom and the fourth from the bottom is where the thread can be found.
Check out article in yesterday's Washington Post, which included quote from Schedule 70 (IT) firm Chairman, who referred to GSA schedules as "hunting license" for contractors to market themselves.
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