he Federal Supply Schedules — the government’s large catalog of contracts that generates tens of billions of dollars worth of federal purchases — appears likely to see major revisions in the months ahead.
The General Services Administration, which manages the schedules, is reviewing whether the current supply schedules program still makes sense in an era of when most agencies make purchases via bulk-purchasing contracts such as blanket purchase agreements and strategic sourcing programs.
“Everything should be on the table with schedules,” GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini said at a conference earlier this month.
He said it’s time for GSA to take a thoughtful look at how the agency uses the schedules program — technically called the Multiple Awards Schedules — and where it fits in a digital age where people expect to be connected to products and services with the click of a button.
“We can really even ask some bigger meta questions about what is the role of the schedule in an environment in which you can have digital access to multiple-award vehicles across the government,” Tangherlini said. Read Full Article.