November 12, 2019

November 11, 2019

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GSA Seeks Input on Eliminating IT Schedule 70’s Two-Year Experience Requirement

Last month, we discussed Information Technology (IT) Schedule 70, one of the largest contract vehicles administered by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). GSA now is evaluating whether Schedule 70 should be made more accessible to certain small contractors, new IT providers, and other, similarly situated firms. Presently, an offeror that responds to the Schedule 70 solicitation—available for download here—must demonstrate at least two (2) years of prior experience providing such products and services. GSA recognizes, however, that this requirement—among others—can be “particularly problematic for small businesses” and is “a barrier for new IT companies.” Accordingly, GSA has issued a new Request for Information (RFI), suggesting changes to the Schedule 70 solicitation that are intended to eliminate the 2-year experience requirement. GSA also is requesting feedback on the following questions:

  1. What would be a benefit to removing the 2-year experience requirement? Or, a concern?

  2. Do any other requirements, processes, or barriers interfere with obtaining a Schedule 70 contract?

  3. Even after the successful receipt of a Schedule 70 award, do any other requirements, processes, or barriers make it difficult to work with the government?

Responses to the RFI are due by 4:00 P.M. EST on September 18, 2015, and should be submitted via e-mail to S70LoweringBarriers@gsa.com.

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Frederic M. Levy, Covington Burling, regulatory and public policy lawyer
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Frederic Levy, co-chair of the Government Contracts Practice Group, is one of the nation’s leading suspension and debarment lawyers, focusing his practice on the resolution of complex compliance and ethics issues. He has successfully represented numerous high-profile corporations and individuals under investigation by the government in civil and criminal matters, including False Claims Act cases, and in suspension and debarment proceedings to ensure their continued eligibility to participate in federal programs.

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Jason Workmaster, Litigation attorney, Covington
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Jason Workmaster focuses his practice on government contracts-related litigation, including civil False Claims Act (FCA) cases, contract disputes, and bid protests. He has represented a host of clients in these types of cases in U.S. District Court, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (COFC), and the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

A nationally recognized leader on FCA issues, Mr. Workmaster has appeared on NBC’s The TODAY Show and Canadian TV’s National News to discuss the highly publicized FCA case against the cyclist Lance Armstrong. Mr. Workmaster is also recognized as an expert on the General Services Administration (GSA) Schedules program. He regularly lectures on the schedules and appears on Federal News Radio to discuss issues related to the Schedules.

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