Contract Continuity-Streamlined Offer ProcessMany of the MAS program's oldest and most successful contractors are now approaching the end of their 20-year contract periods. While this achievement is a direct result of the success of the MAS program overall, it has also created several challenges.
One such challenge is that Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs) and orders cannot extend beyond the expiration date of the underlying MAS contract unless there are option periods remaining under the MAS contract that, if exercised, would cover the BPA's/order's period of performance. For example, an ordering activity cannot establish a one-year BPA with a contractor if only six months remain on the underlying MAS contract (with no remaining option periods). At the order level, an order can be placed up until the very last day of the Schedule contract, but no order option periods can be exercised once the underlying Schedule contract has expired.
GSA's solution for this situation is to allow for the award of overlapping or continuous contracts. These are - in essence - duplicate MAS contracts for the same items (i.e., two Schedule 70 contracts with different periods of performance).
The administration of two MAS contracts is not mandatory and not all contractors are in a position that necessitates holding continuous contracts. Each contractor will have to make this determination for itself.
How does a continuous contract work?Typically, the award of a new contract will result in the cancellation of the existing contract upon award. However, if the contractor has one or more active BPAs or orders under its existing contract (or has submitted quotes for either and is awaiting an award decision), it is eligible for the award of a new contract that is allowed to overlap and run alongside the existing one. This is referred to as holding continuous contracts.
Holding continuous contracts enables the MAS contractor to complete work under BPAs and orders awarded via the existing contract, while utilizing the new contract for new business opportunities. Contractors should be aware that there may be additional administrative and reporting burdens caused by managing the overlapping contracts for a period of time.
GSA's Streamlined Offer ProcessThe MAS program now offers a streamlined process and revised set of requirements for historically successful MAS contractors submitting an offer for a new contract under the same Schedule.
What is streamlined about the new process?In an effort to make the offer process less burdensome while still complying with Federal Acquisition Regulations, the following requirements were eliminated or reduced to the greatest extent possible:
- Readiness Assessment
- Financial Statements
- Corporate Experience
- Open Ratings Report
- Relevant Project Experience
How do I know if I am an eligible "successful MAS contractor"?A successful MAS contractor, and thus a contractor who is eligible to submit a streamlined offer, is defined as a contractor that -
- Is proposing the same Special Item Numbers (SINs) as those awarded under its existing contract
- Has met the minimum sales requirements under its existing contract
- Has a demonstrated pattern of satisfactory past performance under its existing contract
For additional information on GSA's contract continuity initiative and streamlined offer process review your scheduleâ€™s standing solicitation on FBO.gov and please contact your Contracting Officer.