The ABC's of GSA Schedule Contracts
What is a GSA Schedule Contract?
The General Services Administration (GSA) Multiple Award Schedule (MAS), also referred to as GSA Schedule and Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) is a “license to hunt.” GSA Schedule Contracts establish long-term government wide contracts with commercial firms to provide access to more than 12 million commercial products and services that can be ordered directly from GSA Schedule contractors or through the GSA Advantage online shopping and ordering system. These contracts are indefinite delivery /indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts awarded to responsible companies that offer commercial services or supplies at fair and reasonable prices.
What are the Benefits to a GSA Schedule Contract?
- Opens the doors to the federal market
- Is a license to hunt with the Federal Government
- Offers contract stability – 5 year contract with 3 five year options to extend – 20 year contract with the entire Federal Government
- Enables your company to be a pre-approved vendor
- Gives prioritization over competitors
- Is the preferred contract vehicle for many agencies
Government agencies use GSA schedules to receive direct delivery, shorter lead times, lower administrative costs, expert knowledge, money-saving options (most-favored customer prices, volume pricing, spot discounts and price reductions), and to fulfill set-aside mandates. Ordering activities can meet small business goals while promoting compliance with environmental and socioeconomic laws and regulations.
Who is Eligible to Buy from GSA Schedule Contracts?
Eligible buyers include executive agencies, federal agencies, mixed-ownership government corporations, state and local governments, District of Columbia and tribal governments. Eligible GSA Users List
Do You Really Need A GSA Schedule Contract To Do Business With The Government?
A GSA Schedule Contract is the Federal Government’s preferred method of procurement because the buying agency knows that they are getting an approved product from GSA who has already done the legwork and negotiated the best price and value for their dollar. Having a GSA Schedule Contract allows you to close the deal in a shorter period of time and compete only with other GSA schedule contract holders – competition is reduced. GSA Schedules are the most widely used contract vehicles in the federal government. Alternatively, your company can win government contracts by identifying new bid opportunities and submitting successful proposals. This requires writing an extensive proposal, competing with other vendors and wait months or longer for an award.
Need Help Getting a GSA Schedule?
BH Sky Associates has a team with over 30 years of federal contracting experience that specializes in GSA Schedule Contracts. This team includes NCMA Certified Schedule Contract Managers (CSCM) and former Federal Contracting Officers (CO) that can assist you through the three phases of the GSA Schedules process: Pre-Assessment, Proposal Support, and Contract Management. BH Sky is a full-service company offering assistance with all phases of this process. We begin by determining if a Schedule Contract is the right fit for your company. If it is, we then assist you in the preparation, negotiation, and submission of your proposal. Upon award we provide comprehensive Contract Management Services including GSA Contract Modifications, GSA eLibrary and Advantage! uploads, support for Contract Options to Renew, and Contract Administration and Compliance Services.