GSA Schedule refreshes and issuance of mass modifications will began going out October 8th, 2021. FAS contract vehicles other than Schedules will also begin issuing electronic modifications beginning on or around October 15th.
The purpose of the Planned Action (Refresh/Update to new solicitations and
modifications to existing contracts):
The General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) is refreshing the GSA Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) solicitation and that update both new or existing solicitations for other FAS contracts to implement the Executive Order (E.O.) on Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors. GSA/FAS will also issue modifications to other applicable FAS contracts to implement the Executive Order and GSA class deviation.
Summary of Planned Changes
Below is a high-level description of significant changes to be included in the upcoming MAS refresh/solicitation updates and mass modifications. Be sure to review the final solicitation refreshes and mass modifications for full details.
Implementation of the E.O. on Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for
President Biden announced that vaccination will be required for contractors that do
business with the Federal Government in his COVID-19 Action Plan (See “Vaccinating
the Unvaccinated”). The President also signed the Executive Order (E.O.) on Ensuring
Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors on September 9, 2021,
which directs executive departments and agencies to implement this policy consistent
with guidance issued by the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force. The E.O. requires
agencies to ensure that contracts and contract-like instruments include a clause
incorporating COVID-19 vaccination requirements consistent with guidance issued by
the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force and to the extent permitted by law.
On September 30th, 2021, GSA issued Class Deviation 2021-13 to implement this
requirement for GSA contracts. The deviation requires that Federal Supply Schedule
(MAS) contractors accept the modification by November 14th (see Attachment C). For
applicability for other than MAS contracts for FAS, refer to the GSA Class Deviation
(see Attachment C).
For MAS contracts that have not incorporated this modification by
- No options or extensions may be exercised until the modification has been
- Contracting officers cannot place new orders against the MAS contract after November 14th
GSA Contracting Officers may take interim actions, such as but not limited to:
Temporarily hiding contractor information on GSA websites and/or e-tools
- Flagging contractors that have not accepted the modification