If you are GSA Contract Holder and will soon be entering the last option period of your contract; you could lose out on opportunities to complete/compete BPA’s or other multi-year contracts. Those contracts and orders cannot extend beyond the expiration date of the original GSA contract unless there are option periods remaining.
What’s the solution? An overlapping contract. In essence, these duplicate contracts for the same items… two MAS contracts with different periods of performance.
How does this work? A new contract will result in the cancellation of the existing contract once award. But, if the contractor has one or more active BPAs or orders under its existing contract (or has submitted quotes for either and is awaiting an award decision), it is eligible for the award of a new contract that is allowed to overlap and run alongside the existing one.
Having both contracts lets the GSA contractor complete work under BPAs and orders awarded via the existing contract, while using the new contract for new business.