The attorneys of Petrillo & Powell are well versed in the requirements and intricacies of the General Service Administration’s Multiple Award Schedules (the Federal Supply Schedule program). We assist numerous clients in obtaining and maintaining their schedule contracts, and in resolving schedule problems. In addition, we are, ourselves, a holder of two GSA schedules to provide management, logistics, and business services to federal agencies.
State and local governments have been added to the General Service Administration’s ever-expanding Federal Supply Schedule program. Under a provision of the E-Government Act (Public Law 107-347), FSS schedule contractors can agree to add state and local governments as authorized customers. State and local governments are already accustomed to looking to FSS contracts for “Federally-approved” pricing information. Contractors should balance the advantages of adding state and local governments to their contracts against the disadvantages, such as the need to pay an Industrial Funding Fee to GSA for such orders.
The following are some examples of our activities in this area:
- We have advised multiple clients on their disclosure obligations in the context of GSA Federal Supply Schedule contracts, including issues of what must be disclosed, how best to make disclosure, whether it is necessary to amend or supplement their prior disclosures, and how to do so.
- In the last year, we have assisted a number of companies in completing schedule contract solicitations and negotiating pricing with GSA.
- We advised a major supplier of office equipment regarding the status of trade-in allowances with regard to the requirement to pay the 1% Industrial Funding Fee (IFF) to GSA.
- We worked with an international concern providing professional services on pricing and other aspects of its Federal Supply Service contracting.
- Many companies are unaware that schedule orders can be protested to both the General Accounting Office and to the Court of Federal Claims. We prevailed in a protest against the Department of Education’s failure to award an order to our client for loan collection services. OSI Collection Services, Inc., B-286597, B-286597.2, (Jan. 17, 2001).
- We presented a briefing to the clients of a major accounting firm on the little-known and often misunderstood subject of bid protests in the context of competitions for orders under the Federal Supply Schedule. Please contact us if your company, organization or group is interested in this briefing.
- We are familiar with leasing terms and conditions under GSA’s Information Technology Multiple-Award Schedule program.