Modernizing the Federal Supply Schedule Program: Standardization of Part Number Data, 27310-27311 [2015-11534]

Download as PDF 27310 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 92 / Wednesday, May 13, 2015 / Notices Dated: May 7, 2015. Jeffrey A. Koses, Director, Office of Acquisition Policy, Office of Government-wide Policy. [FR Doc. 2015–11532 Filed 5–12–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6820–61–P GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION [OMB Control No. 3090–0286; Docket 2015– 0001; Sequence 14] General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation; Information ´ ´ Collection; GSA Mentor-Protege Program Office of the Chief Acquisition Officer, General Services Administration (GSA). ACTION: Notice of request for public comments regarding an extension to an existing OMB clearance. AGENCY: Under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Regulatory Secretariat Division will be submitting to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request to review and approve a previously approved information collection concerning the ´ ´ GSA Mentor-Protege Program, in the General Services Administration Acquisition Manual (GSAM). DATES: Submit comments on or before July 13, 2015. ADDRESSES: Submit comments identified by Information Collection ´ ´ 3090–0286, GSA Mentor-Protege Program by any of the following methods: • Regulations.gov: http:// www.regulations.gov. Submit comments via the Federal eRulemaking portal by searching the OMB control number. Follow the instructions provided at the ‘‘Submit a Comment’’ screen. Please include your name, company name (if any), and ‘‘Information Collection 3090– ´ ´ 0286, GSA Mentor-Protege Program’’ on your attached document. • Mail: General Services Administration, Regulatory Secretariat Division (MVCB), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405. ATTN: Ms. Flowers/IC 3090–0286, GSA Mentor´ ´ Protege Program. asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:27 May 12, 2015 Jkt 235001 Instructions: Please submit comments only and cite Information Collection ´ ´ 3090–0286, GSA Mentor-Protege Program, in all correspondence related to this collection. All comments received will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal and/or business confidential information provided. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Christina Mullins, Procurement Analyst, General Services Acquisition Policy Division, GSA, (202) 969–4066 or email christina.mullins@gsa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ´ ´ Mentor-Protege Program, in all correspondence. A. Purpose collection of information is necessary and whether it will have practical utility; whether our estimate of the public burden of this collection of information is accurate, and based on valid assumptions and methodology; ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected. Modernizing the Federal Supply Schedule Program: Standardization of Part Number Data ´ ´ The GSA Mentor-Protege Program is designed to encourage GSA prime contractors to assist small businesses, small disadvantaged businesses, women-owned small businesses, veteran-owned small businesses, service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses, and HUBZone small businesses in enhancing their capabilities to perform GSA contracts and subcontracts, foster the establishment of long-term business relationships between these small business entities and GSA prime contractors, and increase the overall number of small business entities that receive GSA contract and subcontract awards. B. Annual Reporting Burden Respondents: 254. Responses per Respondent: 4. Total Annual Responses: 1,016. Hours per Response: 3. Total Burden Hours: 3,048. C. Public Comments Public comments are particularly invited on: Whether this collection of information is necessary; whether it will have practical utility; whether our estimate of the public burden of this collection of information is accurate, and based on valid assumptions and methodology; ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and ways in which we can minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, through the use of appropriate technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Obtaining Copies of Proposals: Requesters may obtain a copy of the information collection documents from the General Services Administration, Regulatory Secretariat Division (MVCB), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, telephone 202–501–4755. Please cite OMB Control No. 3090–0286, GSA PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Dated: May 8, 2015. Jeffrey A. Koses, Director, Office of Acquisition Policy & Senior Procurement Executive. [FR Doc. 2015–11525 Filed 5–12–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6820–61–P GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION [Notice–FAS–2015–01; Docket No. 2015– 0002; Sequence 11] Federal Acquisition Service, General Services Administration ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) of the General Services Administration (GSA) is publishing this notice in order to clarify the structured data elements required under the Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) program price list clause. DATES: May 13, 2015. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Denise Alley, Procurement Analyst, FAS Office of Acquisition Management, at denise.alley@gsa.gov or 703–605– 2756. SUMMARY: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A. Purpose The purpose of this notice is to clarify for existing FSS contractors that pursuant to the price list clause: (1.) Manufacturer Part Number (MPN) data is required for all awarded products, and (2.) Universal Product Code Type A (UPC–A) data is required for all awarded products for which this information is commercially available. FSS solicitation instructions have already been updated to clarify MPN and UPC–A data requirements for new offerors. This notice is solely intended to provide clarification for existing FSS contractors. FAS plans to begin efforts to obtain this data from existing FSS contractors 45 days after publication of this notice in the Federal Register. B. Background The FAS is embarking on several initiatives to improve the quality of its offerings under the FSS program. A major piece of this effort involves the standardization of part number data in order to improve the quality of the descriptive data available to customers in FSS price lists published on E:\FR\FM\13MYN1.SGM 13MYN1 asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 92 / Wednesday, May 13, 2015 / Notices gsaadvantage.gov. The goal is to provide customer agencies with quality, meaningful, complete data to better search and compare products, thereby enhancing competition and saving taxpayer dollars. This endeavor is a critical piece of a larger effort to modernize the FSS program as a whole, under which FAS aims to increase efficiency and effectiveness, facilitate the purchase of total solutions, maximize competition, and promote small business utilization across Government. The availability of MPN and UPC–A data improves overall data integrity, encouraging additional business from customers looking for the ability to quickly and accurately compare identical products. The standardization of part number data allows for greater transparency and improved business intelligence that will enable customers to make smarter, data-driven buying decisions. Collectively, these benefits will yield increased customer confidence as GSA works to make the FSS program the Government’s premier acquisition vehicle. Unaltered MPN data is required for all products, except where the manufacturer has not assigned a part number to identify the item. UPC–A data is required for all products for which this information is commercially available. The FAS performed market research to determine the Federal Supply Schedules and Special Item Numbers (SINs) under which UPC–A data is commercially available—a complete listing can be viewed at http://eoffer.gsa.gov. MPN and UPC–A data is widely utilized throughout the commercial marketplace. FSS contractors are simply providing the existing MPN and UPC– A data that is used to classify their awarded FSS products. Many FSS contractors have already provided this data in their price lists. In fact, approximately 8 million MPNs and 1.3 million unique UPC–A codes are currently listed in FSS contractor price lists published on gsaadvantage.gov. Obtaining MPN and UPC–A data from existing FSS contractors will allow GSA to acquire baseline information across the contracts already awarded under the FSS program. A bilateral ‘‘mass modification’’ will be distributed by GSA to all contractors with FSS contracts that include products. FSS contractors will be required to sign the modification and provide this data in their price lists within 60 days of distribution. FSS contractors that do not provide this data will have noncompliant products ‘‘grayed-out’’ (i.e., no longer VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:27 May 12, 2015 Jkt 235001 accessible/visible) within GSA’s customer-facing eTools (GSA Advantage!, eBuy, etc.). In addition, GSA may consider noncompliance when determining whether to exercise the next contract option period. GSA might choose not to exercise the next option period, thereby allowing the contract to expire. Dated: May 7, 2015. Lisa P. Grant, Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Office of Acquisition Management, Federal Acquisition Service. [FR Doc. 2015–11534 Filed 5–12–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6820–89–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [60Day–15–15AEZ; Docket No. CDC–2015– 0028] Proposed Data Collection Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). ACTION: Notice with comment period. AGENCY: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as part of its continuing efforts to reduce public burden and maximize the utility of government information, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. This notice invites comment on the proposed information collection entitled Identification of Behavioral and Clinical Predictors of Early HIV Infection (Project DETECT). DATES: Written comments must be received on or before July 13, 2015. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by Docket No. CDC–2015– 0028 by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Regulation.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Mail: Leroy A. Richardson, Information Collection Review Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road, NE., MS–D74, Atlanta, Georgia 30329. Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and Docket Number. All relevant comments received will be posted without change to Regulations.gov, including any SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 27311 personal information provided. For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to Regulations.gov. Please note: All public comment should be submitted through the Federal eRulemaking portal (Regulations.gov) or by U.S. mail to the address listed above. To request more information on the proposed project or to obtain a copy of the information collection plan and instruments, contact the Information Collection Review Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road NE., MS–D74, Atlanta, Georgia 30329; phone: 404–639–7570; Email: omb@cdc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501–3520), Federal agencies must obtain approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for each collection of information they conduct or sponsor. In addition, the PRA also requires Federal agencies to provide a 60-day notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each new proposed collection, each proposed extension of existing collection of information, and each reinstatement of previously approved information collection before submitting the collection to OMB for approval. To comply with this requirement, we are publishing this notice of a proposed data collection as described below. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and (e) estimates of capital or start-up costs and costs of operation, maintenance, and purchase of services to provide information. Burden means the total time, effort, or financial resources expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, disclose or provide information to or for a Federal agency. This includes the time needed to review instructions; to develop, acquire, install and utilize technology and systems for the purpose of collecting, validating and verifying information, processing and FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: E:\FR\FM\13MYN1.SGM 13MYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 92 (Wednesday, May 13, 2015)]
[Notices]
[Pages 27310-27311]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-11534]


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GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

[Notice-FAS-2015-01; Docket No. 2015-0002; Sequence 11]


Modernizing the Federal Supply Schedule Program: Standardization 
of Part Number Data

AGENCY: Federal Acquisition Service, General Services Administration

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) of the General Services 
Administration (GSA) is publishing this notice in order to clarify the 
structured data elements required under the Federal Supply Schedule 
(FSS) program price list clause.

DATES: May 13, 2015.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Denise Alley, Procurement Analyst, 
FAS Office of Acquisition Management, at denise.alley@gsa.gov or 703-
605-2756.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Purpose

    The purpose of this notice is to clarify for existing FSS 
contractors that pursuant to the price list clause: (1.) Manufacturer 
Part Number (MPN) data is required for all awarded products, and (2.) 
Universal Product Code Type A (UPC-A) data is required for all awarded 
products for which this information is commercially available. FSS 
solicitation instructions have already been updated to clarify MPN and 
UPC-A data requirements for new offerors. This notice is solely 
intended to provide clarification for existing FSS contractors.
    FAS plans to begin efforts to obtain this data from existing FSS 
contractors 45 days after publication of this notice in the Federal 
Register.

B. Background

    The FAS is embarking on several initiatives to improve the quality 
of its offerings under the FSS program. A major piece of this effort 
involves the standardization of part number data in order to improve 
the quality of the descriptive data available to customers in FSS price 
lists published on

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gsaadvantage.gov. The goal is to provide customer agencies with 
quality, meaningful, complete data to better search and compare 
products, thereby enhancing competition and saving taxpayer dollars. 
This endeavor is a critical piece of a larger effort to modernize the 
FSS program as a whole, under which FAS aims to increase efficiency and 
effectiveness, facilitate the purchase of total solutions, maximize 
competition, and promote small business utilization across Government.
    The availability of MPN and UPC-A data improves overall data 
integrity, encouraging additional business from customers looking for 
the ability to quickly and accurately compare identical products. The 
standardization of part number data allows for greater transparency and 
improved business intelligence that will enable customers to make 
smarter, data-driven buying decisions. Collectively, these benefits 
will yield increased customer confidence as GSA works to make the FSS 
program the Government's premier acquisition vehicle.
    Unaltered MPN data is required for all products, except where the 
manufacturer has not assigned a part number to identify the item. UPC-A 
data is required for all products for which this information is 
commercially available. The FAS performed market research to determine 
the Federal Supply Schedules and Special Item Numbers (SINs) under 
which UPC-A data is commercially available--a complete listing can be 
viewed at http://eoffer.gsa.gov.
    MPN and UPC-A data is widely utilized throughout the commercial 
marketplace. FSS contractors are simply providing the existing MPN and 
UPC-A data that is used to classify their awarded FSS products. Many 
FSS contractors have already provided this data in their price lists. 
In fact, approximately 8 million MPNs and 1.3 million unique UPC-A 
codes are currently listed in FSS contractor price lists published on 
gsaadvantage.gov.
    Obtaining MPN and UPC-A data from existing FSS contractors will 
allow GSA to acquire baseline information across the contracts already 
awarded under the FSS program. A bilateral ``mass modification'' will 
be distributed by GSA to all contractors with FSS contracts that 
include products. FSS contractors will be required to sign the 
modification and provide this data in their price lists within 60 days 
of distribution.
    FSS contractors that do not provide this data will have 
noncompliant products ``grayed-out'' (i.e., no longer accessible/
visible) within GSA's customer-facing eTools (GSA Advantage!, eBuy, 
etc.). In addition, GSA may consider noncompliance when determining 
whether to exercise the next contract option period. GSA might choose 
not to exercise the next option period, thereby allowing the contract 
to expire.

    Dated: May 7, 2015.
Lisa P. Grant,
Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Office of Acquisition Management, 
Federal Acquisition Service.
[FR Doc. 2015-11534 Filed 5-12-15; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 6820-89-P