Contracting Program Must Keep Offering Open Seasons

October 28, 2012

The Multiple Award Schedule program is the most successful commercial item contracting vehicle in the federal government, accounting for $50 billion in annual purchases through General Services Administration and Veterans Affairs Department federal supply schedules.

One reason for the program’s success is continuous open seasons, which provide small, medium and large commercial firms an opportunity to submit an offer for a schedule contract every business day of the year.

But now this key competitive attribute of program success is in jeopardy.

On July 23, GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service published a Federal Register notice announcing implementation of a Demand Based Model for the MAS program. Central to the DBM is elimination of continuous open seasons for certain schedules.

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