GSA Advantage carries warning

GSA Advantage

The General Services Administration is sticking to its July 1 deadline for all vendors to be on the agency's online procurement system, threatening contractors with termination if they fail to make "good-faith efforts" to move to GSA Advantage.

In October 2000, GSA's Federal Supply Service, which manages the schedule contracts that are available on GSA Advantage, modified all of its current contracts to require vendors to place their electronic catalog on the online system by July 1, 2001.

On Wednesday, GSA released a statement that on July 1 FSS will give notice to all contractors who have not tried to move to Advantage that they have 60 days to make "significant progress" or their contracts will be canceled.

Through its Vendor Support Center, FSS has been providing training sessions, online presentations and support to help vendors understand how to place product information on GSA Advantage, said Patricia Mead, acting deputy assistant commissioner of acquisition at FSS.

The agency also is working with industry group partners, such as the Coalition for Government Procurement and the Information Technology Association of America, to make sure vendors are aware of the requirements and how to meet them, she said.

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