GSA COVID-19 Supplier Relocation Community Update (11 May)

May 12, 2020

GSA held their Supplier Relocation Community update on Monday.  Highlights from the session follow:

 

Julie Blanford, Director of GSA’s Employee Relocation Resource Center (ERRC) led the call. 

 

  • GSA updated a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document in their Acquisition Gateway.  The FAQs are COVID-19 Pandemic related.  Purple text in the FAQ document represents updates since the April FAQ was published. You can find the FAQ at: https://hallways.cap.gsa.gov/app/#/gateway/travel/46559/docs/27663/5-8-2020_COVID%20Impacts%20Updated%20FAQs-1588941121.pdf.
  • Kim Chancellor of GSA is working on a clarification on the 5% GSA COVID-19 surcharge and what it applies to.  If you have questions or clarifications on this topic, please provide to Kim so she can include it in the update.  The intent is for the surcharge to apply to any service during the Pandemic, where you incur additional costs. 
  • GSA provided an update on other agencies…DoS, not stop move at this time.  DoD stop movement details are up to the individual Services.  Slowly starting to see a ramp up in shipments being booked.
  • GSA talked about the requirements DoD has put forth in terms of “health protection protocols”.  These are requirements the movers have to certify to the customer before entering the home.  GSA is not going to prescribe specific protocols, but individual Federal agencies might offer their own requirements.
  • GSA mentioned the new “commercial routing assistance” tool provided by DHS in concert with Idaho Labs.  It gives commercial drivers information on their route in times of a disaster.  You can view the tool at cra.inl.gov. 

GSA is interested in industry feedback on implementing Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) subpart 4.21.  This subpart speaks to a prohibition of using software and IT products from certain Chinese companies due to identified security issues associated with these companies.  If you use products from those companies…even products sold under a different manufacturer’s name, then those products would be prohibited.  And that prohibition will flow down to all subcontractors/partners you use.  The products include things like cell phones, tablets, servers, routers, rural cell service; and would include things like warehouse security cameras.  Subpart 4.21 of the FAR includes, among other provisions, the following information:

Covered telecommunications equipment or services means–

  1. Telecommunications equipment produced by Huawei Technologies Company or ZTE Corporation, (or any subsidiary or affiliate of such entities);
  2. For the purpose of public safety, security of Government facilities, physical security surveillance of critical infrastructure, and other national security purposes, video surveillance and telecommunications equipment produced by Hytera Communications Corporation, Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Company, or Dahua Technology Company (or any subsidiary or affiliate of such entities);
  • GSA is seeking a list of products and will circulate that if they get it.  This FAR prohibition will likely be added to GSA’s CHAMP program for servicing household goods shipments.  TSPs should check to see if they use any products by the companies listed in the FAR subpart.