Over the past two years, GSA FAS has worked tirelessly to transform the $33 billion Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) Program. This includes many, many hours spent assessing feedback from both our industry partners and federal customers. Our ultimate goal is to make the MAS program easier to use, provide more value and ensure that it remains the vehicle of choice for the federal procurement community, including both our customers and suppliers.
We began our transformation program in 2015 by standardizing part numbers and reducing price variability for like items on Schedule, increasing access to user-friendly tools, and streamlining the procurement process. In 2016 we introduced several new regulations to collect critical value added transactional data and add flexibility to the MAS program, launched a horizontal price comparison tool to benefit suppliers and the acquisition workforce, added new Standard Item Numbers (SINs) to better meet customer needs, and also improved opportunities for new, small, and innovative companies.
But these examples illustrate only a fraction of what we have accomplished over the past two years under the MAS Transformation Initiative. To see MAS Transformation progress in detail, check out our infographic above – a helpful timeline with links to additional resources. I look forward to continuing to grow and transform MAS, and will keep you all updated as we progress.