GSA Advantage carries a 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.

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

On June 13, GSA released a statement that FSS will notify contractors on July 1 that they have 60 days to make "significant progress" to move to GSA Advantage 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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