The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has selected Building Maintenance and Operations (BMO) as one of the new commodity categories to be considered as a potential Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative (FSSI) to implement in 2014. It is important to note that the BMO category includes, among other things, contract cleaning services.
GSA is now in the process of developing a federal government-wide program designed to improve the way the federal government purchases and manages these types of services, including contract cleaning services. ISSA is closely engaged in this aspect of FSSI because of the potential economic harm it may have on ISSA members that provide contract cleaning services to the federal government.
GSA has issued a Request for Information (RFI) in which it has identified services relating to Building Maintenance and Operations (BMO), which includes cleaning services as an area to examine with the thought that it may or may not lend itself to a Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative (FSSI) government-wide solution. At this point in the process, GSA is looking for demonstrated best practices from the building maintenance and operations industry to help guide the organization with the development of a new government-wide BMO services program (e.g. could potentially encompass services related to HVAC, elevator maintenance, janitorial services, grounds maintenance and utilities infrastructure).
Through the RFI, GSA is soliciting feedback from interested parties, including industry, about best practices already under consideration as a potential part of a government BMO solution. Also requested are additional recommendations about how cost and operations savings could be reached and measured through a BMO-focused strategic sourcing solution, either through demand management strategies, improved performance management and/or better acquisition.
Comments and official response documents should be submitted to the program’s Contracting Officer at email@example.com. The comment period has been extended to Feb. 7, 2014.
To date, ISSA has submitted comments on the Jansan BMO RFI, which can be viewed by clicking here.
GSA is developing the Jansan BMO RFQ in two phases. The first phase involves developing a menu of best practices during the first quarter of 2014, with implementation occurring through the remainder of 2014. GSA will begin working on the second phase (Acquisition Solution) at the end of 2014 with implementation occurring in 2015-2016.
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