Federal Register: October 24, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 207)
DOCID: fr24oc08-78 FR Doc E8-25443
GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION
General Services Administration
DOCUMENT ACTION: Notice.
Multiple Award Schedule Advisory Panel; Notification of Public Advisory Panel Meetings
The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Multiple Award Schedule Advisory Panel (MAS Panel), a Federal Advisory Committee, will hold public meetings on the following dates: Monday, November 10, 2008 and Wednesday, November 12, 2008. GSA utilizes the MAS program to establish longterm Governmentwide contracts with responsible firms to provide Federal, State, and local government customers with access to a wide variety of commercial supplies (products) and services.
The MAS Panel was established to develop advice and recommendations
on MAS program pricing policies, provisions, and procedures in the
context of current commercial pricing practices. The Panel will be
developing recommendations for MAS program pricing provisions for the
acquisition of (1) professional services; (2) products; (3) total
solutions which consist of professional services and products; and (4)
non professional services. In developing the recommendations, the Panel
will, at a minimum, address these 5 questions for each of the 4 types
of acquisitions envisioned above: (1) Where does competition take
place?; (2) If competition takes place primarily at the task/delivery
order level, does a fair and reasonable price determination at the MAS
contract level really matter?; (3) If the Panel consensus is that
competition is at the task order level, are the methods that GSA uses
to determine fair and reasonable prices and maintain the price/discount [[Page 63475]]
relationship with the basis of award customer(s) adequate?; (4) If the current policy is not adequate, what are the recommendations to improve the policy/guidance?; and (5) If fair and reasonable price determination at the MAS contract level is not beneficial and the fair and reasonable price determination is to be determined only at the task/delivery order level, then what is the GSA role?
To that end, the Panel would like to hear from the many stakeholders of the MAS program. The MAS program stakeholders include, but are not limited to, ordering agency contracting officers, GSA contracting officers, schedule contract holders, Congress, program managers, General Accountability Office, and Federal agency Inspector General Offices. The panel is particularly interested in stakeholder views as to how the issues discussed above may relate differently to the purchase of goods, services, or goods and services that are configured to propose an integrated solution to an agency's needs. Written comments may be submitted at any time in accordance with the guidance below.
Acquisition of Solutions and Non Professional Services Discussion and RecommendationsMonday, November 10, 2008 and Wednesday, November 12, 2008, Location & Address:
The meetings will be held at the Washington Court Hotel, 525 New Jersey Avenue, NW., Ballroom II, Washington, DC 20001. The Washington Court Hotel is within walking distance of the Union Station metro stop. The meeting start time for each day is 9:00am, and will adjourn no later than 5:00 p.m.
For presentations before the Panel, the following guidance is provided:
Oral comments: The Panel will no longer entertain oral presentations.
Written Comments: Written comments must be received ten (10) business days prior to the meeting date so that the comments may be provided to the Panel for their consideration prior to the meeting. Comments should be supplied to Ms. Brooks at the address/contact information noted below in the following format: one hard copy with original signature and one electronic copy via email in Microsoft Word.
Subsequent meeting dates, locations, and times will be published at least 15 days prior to the meeting date.
Multiple Award Schedule Advisory Panel,
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
Information on the Panel meetings,
agendas, and other information can be obtained at www.gsa.gov/
masadvisorypanel or you may contact Ms. Pat Brooks, Designated Federal
Officer, Multiple Award Schedule Advisory Panel, U.S. General Services
Administration, 2011 Crystal Drive, Suite 911, Arlington, VA 22205; telephone 703 6053406, Fax 703 6053454; or via email at