GSA Plans to Close Certain Special Item Numbers Under the Multiple Award Schedule Program to New Offerors

Bulletin: Last week the General Services Administration (“GSA”) made public its intention to close out certain Special Item Numbers (“SINs”) under its popular Multiple Award Schedule (“MAS”) program. The SIN’s to be eliminated are those that GSA deems to be part of an “ever shrinking market.” In his statement to the House Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce, Federal Acquisition Service Commissioner Steven J. Kempf noted that current contracting volumes are unduly burdening GSA’s acquisition workforce with no or little return, and that this requires a drastic change in GSA’s procurement model. Under the new “Demand Based” model, GSA will analyze each SIN and determine the need for new contractors. Those areas that are deemed oversaturated will be closed to new offers for twelve months, at which time the SIN will be reviewed again. Specific examples of “oversaturated areas” noted by Mr. Kempf include SINs related to photographic equipment, promotional materials and awards.

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