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What You Need To Know About CMAS Contract

By Jerry Rogers

The Federal Supply Service of the General Service Administration operates the federal schedule program. The FSS under the program rewards contracts and catalogs, which is commonly called as federal supply schedules, reflecting this contracts. These are used by the government buyers to placed orders directly with vendors that have schedule contracts and avoiding public bidding process.

MAS or Multiple Award Schedules are schedules of federal supply that awards contracts to 2 or more contractors with similar services or products at similar prices. The quantity of contractors which had gotten the award from a common bid or from negotiation process is what the multiple award is referring to and does not refer the customers. The California CMAS contract and the things to know about it will be stated below.

You can look for a CMAS contractor on the website if you are an agency of the government that is looking for one. When you want to request a copy of their contracts, they are contractually obliged to do so. The CMAS products and services, which both include information technology and those that are not, are limited only to 15 per contractor.

There are some products and services that are not allowed to be obtained or available through CMAS program. These include those that are required by law to be performed by a licensed individual like architects, engineers, land surveyors and environmental work. Public works which involve erection, construction, alteration, improvement or repair of a public structure are not allowed as well.

Legal service and also financial audits need to provide an approval from the officials assigned to give these approvals. Written approvals must be presented that states and explain the reason in acquiring the service or product of the contractor. Paper works and specific requirements must be prepared and submitted too.

The pricing that is stated by GSA must be based of the CMAS pricing. These were determined if the offered prices are reasonable and fair by comparing it with the prices offered to their commercial customers. In this way, the GSA pricing will remain competitive when contract prices are linked to commercial practice.

The California State does not establish contracts through aggressive bid process but based on previously bid products, pricing and services offered and given on a GSA schedule. This does not mean that they use GSA authorized FSS but instead use a separate California contract in offering the same things. Once awarded, the contractor will then market and distribute it and provides once a quarter reports of their sales transactions.

The contract term will start upon the awarding and will be ending on the date the Federal GSA schedule referenced. An extension of three months to process renewal or request extensions is given. When the term is extended or renewed of the GSA schedule, the extensions and renewals do not occur automatically on the CMAS contract.

Applying for CMAS does not require a fee. Sales made to State agencies by the contractors does not have a fee while a 1 percent fee must be paid to the local government agency. California certified small business contractors need not pay any administrative or incentive fees.

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