July 11, 2016

The Office of Charge Card Management Releases Draft GSA SmartPay 3 Solicitation

OCCM is pleased to announce the release of a draft Request for Proposal (RFP), bringing the General Services Administration (GSA) a significant step closer to launching GSA SmartPay 3, the next generation of the largest government charge card program in the world. We thank you for all the helpful comments and insightful feedback  you’ve already provided during our on-going market research process. The draft solicitation and instructions for submitting comments are available on the Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) website. Comments must be received by 4:00 p.m. EDT, July 13, 2016. We encourage all interested parties to comment early and often!


Currently, the existing GSA SmartPay2 Program supports more than $28 billion in annual customer agency spend through more than 3 million purchase, travel, fleet, and integrated accounts.  GSA SmartPay is an integral part of many customer-facing GSA offerings, including GSA Fleet, City Pairs, Advantage!, e-Travel, OS3, Jan/San, MRO, and DDS3.


The draft RFP is another facet of our best-practices-driven strategy to gather information from customer agencies, stakeholders, and industry regarding the upcoming commercial payment system needs and capabilities.  It contains initial requirements for GSA SmartPay 3, based on our market research to date and more than 18 years of experience in managing the leading government charge card program on the planet.  Designed to define the next generation of innovative commercial payment products and services for the Federal government, GSA SmartPay 3 offers:

  • A 15 year period of performance with transaction processing scheduled to begin upon expiration of GSA SmartPay 2
  • Restructured business lines with a stand-alone suite of fleet solutions and a new business line dedicated to innovative ePayables products
  • Interest in including additional Loyalty Programs offered and available from merchants which would benefit GSA SmartPay Program customers with potential additional refund opportunities
  • Enhanced capabilities for online banking platforms through bank Electronic Access Systems
  • Updates and enhancements to personnel and data security requirements, in accordance with Federal law, policies, and guidance
  • Continued emphasis on innovative tax compliance/reclamation strategies

FAS Commissioner Tom Sharpe weighed in on the draft solicitation release saying, “The governmentwide GSA SmartPay Program provides effective payment solutions that streamline transactions, lower costs, and assist agencies in more nimbly delivering their respective missions. Including our industry and agency partners in the development of this new acquisition is a priority for GSA’s Office of Charge Card Management.  We want to ensure the GSA SmartPay 3 payment solution offers even more value to our customer agencies."


The current GSA SmartPay 2 Program ends in November 2018 and GSA SmartPay 3 contracts will be awarded before then in order to provide customer agencies and organizations time to prepare for a seamless transition. Similar to its predecessor contracts, GSA SmartPay 3 is a multiple award, Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) contract type contract.  The maximum contract value is estimated at $700 billion.


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Again, the GSA SmartPay 3 team sincerely appreciates each and every comment received and will be considering your suggestions as we move closer to a final solicitation.  The Office of Charge Card Management is becoming the Center for Charge Card Management under the Professional Services and Human Capital Category.  Stay tuned for more exciting developments!