GSA has announced GSA Schedule Mass Modification number A382 relating to Manufacturer Part Numbers on Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) Price Lists. This Mass Modification is mandatory for both product and service providers.
On June 17, 2014, GSA began sending out the Mass Mod for Manufacturer Part Number to all applicable contractors. The purpose of this modification is to reinforce the requirements of clause I-FSS-600 Contract Price Lists (Oct 2013) and clause 552.238-71, Submission and Distribution of Authorized FSS Schedule Price Lists.
Per these clauses, the contractor’s price list must be complete and include all services, prices, and terms and conditions that were accepted by the Government at award and the complete price list must be uploaded to GSA Advantage!™ including the Manufacturer Part Number.
In this modification GSA is explicitly stating and reinforcing that all Government-accepted products, fixed-price services and/or ancillary products that have been awarded must be included in the price list, and that the product descriptive data must include the Manufacturer Part Number. The complete price list must be uploaded to GSA Advantage!™ per clause 552.238-71, Submission and Distribution of Authorized FSS Schedule Price Lists.
The Government is now treating the Manufacturer Part Number as a critical part of the descriptive product data included in the price list.
A Manufacturer Part Number is considered to be a unique number or code created by the manufacturer of a specific product, and assigned as a means of standardized product identification. Vendors are cautioned not to alter the Manufacturer Part Numbers. There should be no additions, deletions, or other discrepancies between the Manufacturer Part Number as submitted to the vendor by the manufacturer, and as presented by the contract holder to GSA. For example, vendors should not add their own prefixes or suffixes to any Manufacturer Part Number.
GSA Schedule contractors are to submit all responses, including all product data, within 90 days of the date of issue of the contract modification received from GSA. Failure to comply with the terms of the modification may result in contract cancellation.
Upon receipt of the contract mod, contractors should go to https://vsc.gsa.gov and accept the modification. Contractors then must access SIP or EDI and upload all products, fixed price services, and ancillary products with all required descriptive data including Manufacturer Part Numbers.
GSA’s Answers to Frequently-Asked Questions:
1: Is this mass modification mandatory?
A: Yes. This mod is mandatory to ensure GSA is capturing all the Manufacturer Part Numbers and all other descriptive data for all Products award on the GSA MAS contract, including Ancillary Products fixed-price services (i.e., training course).
2: I have a service-only contract, and have no fixed-price services or ancillary products. How do I respond?
A: Although the reinforcement is not applicable to your contract, select “Yes” to acknowledge the requirement on the Vendor Support Center website.
3: Do I need to submit all my products?
A: Yes. Any product, ancillary product, or fixed-price service that you have listed on your MAS contract should be submitted, along with its corresponding product data.
4: Does this rule apply to previous submissions?
A: Yes. Industry partners should take this opportunity to revisit previous submissions and correct or refine any missing or altered manufacturer part numbers.
5: What should I do if I do not have (or can not obtain) the Manufacturers Part Number?
A: Industry partners should make a best effort to obtain accurate product information.
6: Why is GSA asking for Manufacturer Part Numbers?
A: GSA is focusing on bolstering data driven offerings in order to improve the acquisition experience for customers, acquisition officials, and industry partners alike. Expanded data repositories pave the way for streamlined, value-added functionality that will minimize effort while maximizing returns.