The General Services Administration is currently transforming its Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) contracts, which should make it easier for smaller, more innovative companies to do business with the government, the official leading the effort said Thursday.
The transformation of GSA schedules — long-term governmentwide contracts that provide more than 25 million products and services to agencies with shorter procurements and lower administrative costs — will streamline the process for vendors of all types and sizes in doing business on one of GSA’s schedules. But specifically, said Judith Zawatsky, GSA’s program manager for the MAS transformation, it will make it easier for “new suppliers and potential suppliers to do business with the federal government.”
“We need to find a way to bring innovation from industry into the government,” Zawatsky said at a GSA industry day. “This is really, really important … And we need as a Schedules program not just to sort of be the charter, stalwart program of the federal government, but we also need take part and to facilitate bringing innovation into government.”
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