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GSA Making Transactional Data Reporting

Tuesday, May 30, 2017  
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Last week the Coalition was pleased to have Jack St. John, the Chief of Staff at the General Services Administration (GSA), address our 2017 Spring Conference.  Mr. St. John’s address marks a turning point for GSA and the procurement community. The themes in his remarks echo recent executive orders on reducing regulatory burdens, streamlining and government reorganization.  Overall, it was a timely and important public policy statement regarding GSA acquisition programs.

 

Mr. St. John delivered a powerful message that GSA is going to be “proactively business-friendly”—improving the partnership with industry, focusing on streamlining the acquisition process, and reducing regulatory burdens, while maintaining sound policies.  He followed up that statement by announcing that GSA is making Transactional Data Reporting (TDR) optional, meaning that TDR would no longer be mandatory for new offers and when exercising the option to extend the term of a Schedules contract.  In addition, GSA is going to reexamine the burdens and benefits of TDR, and that reexamination will include seeking public input.

 

The Coalition strongly supports the decision to make TDR fully optional.

 

As you know, during the rulemaking process for TDR, the Coalition provided GSA with significant information regarding the administrative and compliance burdens associated with the new reporting requirement.  Thus, we hope GSA’s reexamination will include an assessment of the burdens and benefits of TDR, and we stand ready to provide supplemental information and comment to GSA in this effort.

 

Mr. St. John also highlighted the decision to reopen Schedule 75 for Office Supplies and Services (which has been closed to new offers since 2010), an important statement regarding increasing access to dynamic pricing, competition and innovation from the commercial marketplace.  He also outlined the goals GSA has for consolidating and streamlining the Professional Services Schedule (PSS) to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the schedule for customer agencies and industry partners.  Here again, the Coalition strongly supports GSA’s streamlining efforts and sees them as an example to be leveraged for further streamlining across the entire Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) program.

 

Currently, the streamlined, draft Professional Services Schedule (PSS) solicitation is out for public comment.  Comments are due next Friday, May 26th.  Here are three structural recommendations/reforms that will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the PSS to support customer agency missions and promote sound business opportunities for GSA’s industry partners.

 

 

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