IS PRC COLLECTION NOTICE A SIGN THAT ITS NOT GOING AWAY AFTER ALL?
GSA recently published a seemingly routine notice that would allow it to continue collecting information pursuant to the Schedules Price Reductions Clause. The notice comes at a time, though, when the agency had proposed eliminating the Clause as part of its prices paid initiative. What gives? If the agency was serious about eliminating the PRC, allowing the current authority to expire would seem to be a routine and timely way to do it. Despite the use of the PRC elimination carrot, coupled with the prices paid stick, many in industry were skeptical about whether GSA would ever really drop the Clause. The agency was reportedly surprised when many comments on the prices paid proposal indicated such doubt. GSA leaders, however, seemed publicly to remain open to the idea of elimination, despite resistance from the GSA and VA IG offices. GSA officials need to make their intentions clear now. Is the notice “routine” or does it signal that the agency has already made up its mind? Regardless, contractors should make clear their opposition to the Clause. A link to the notice is here: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=GSA_FRDOC_0001-1141. Comments are due January 19th.