What Is a GSA Schedule?

  1. A GSA Schedule contract is a pre-negotiated contract with the General Services What Is A GSA Schedule Administration (GSA) that permits government agencies to purchase commercial services and products at a fixed price for a given period of time. When a vendor holds a GSA Schedule contract, it is considered a “seal of approval” by the federal government that your products meet their quality and value standards. The GSA Schedule program is the preferred procurement method for federal purchasers as it significantly reduces the time, expense and oversight of the acquisition process for both the contractor and the federal customer.
    It is also an indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract, which means it is open for anyone to buy from, but no one is required to use it. It is a 5-year contract, with three 5-year renewal options.  All told, over 12,000,000 commercial items are available through the GSA Schedules. A list of all the GSA Schedules can be found here: http://www.gsaelibrary.gsa.gov/ElibMain/scheduleList.do.
  2. What Can the Government Buy Through GSA Schedule? The GSA Schedules program covers virtually everything from information systems and software to professional consultants, furniture, office supplies and equipment, and more.  If you are a large or small company selling commercial, “off the shelf” goods and services, then the government market offers fantastic opportunities to grow your business.
  3. Who Uses the GSA Schedule? All Executive and Independent Agencies as well as the Executive Branch, wholly owned or mixed-ownership Government corporations, certain charitable institutions, the District of Columbia and many others. In some instances, it is the preferred contracting process for state and local governments, as well. Currently, there are over 260 authorized user agencies for the GSA Schedule program.
  4. Why Get A GSA Schedule Contract? For government buyers, using the GSA is much quicker than issuing a solicitation on their own.  For sellers, it is the easiest contract to obtain, and if you learn how to sell from it (once on the Schedule, sales don’t necessarily occur on their own), then you have a great way to increase your federal sales. With over $40 billion of federal dollars expected to be spent in 2011, can you afford to miss out?  A GSA Schedule is the fastest and least expensive way to establish your company in the government market.
  5. How Do I Get A GSA Schedule? The process for getting a GSA Schedule is more complex than just completing a form or taking a seminar. You will need to provide a number of elements including proof of your company’s experience, financial history, business practices, and then you need to negotiate with GSA on price and scope.  The government wants to make sure it is getting the best possible price and highest quality product before it allows you to be listed on the GSA Schedule.
  6. How Long Does It Take To Get A GSA Schedule Schedule? It is impossible to say exactly how long it will take a company to get a GSA Schedule contract; timing varies based a number of factors, including the complexity of your offer, how quickly you submit information, and on the GSA Contracting Officer. The typical estimate is around 6 months, but this number does vary.
  7. Why Should I Choose RBH To Get A GSA Schedule Schedule? The government market has its own laws, language, dialects and customs.  RBH has the knowledge and expertise to guide your business through the complex and time-consuming process of getting a GSA Schedule.  Let us put our experience, relationships, and knowledge of the GSA Schedules program to work for you.

The Process for Obtaining a GSA Schedule Contract

When you work with RBH to obtain your GSA Schedule contract, there are a number of stages we complete during the process.  These stages are outlined below:

  • Gathering of Documentation – This stage includes research, strategy planning, discussions with you, time spent understanding company information and gathering documentation required for transactions with GSA.
  • Preparation – This stage includes review and editing of required information in the required GSA format, including administrative, technical and pricing data.
  • Submission – This stage includes delivering the offer to GSA and discussing with GSA to clarify and provide further information when needed in order to ensure acceptance of the Offer.
  • Negotiation – This stage includes negotiating prices with GSA to determine price reasonableness of the Offer. The negotiation takes in to consideration past performance, pricing, market research on competition, government and commercial sales, terms and conditions, etc… in order for the GSA to receive the best possible price.
  • Post Award Administration -This stage includes the proper preparation and delivery of the final GSA Price List.  A final wrap up conference will be scheduled with the client to go over the responsibilities associated with being a GSA Schedule Contractor.
  • GSA Advantage! Upload – Includes initial upload of your product and services listed in the original GSA Schedule Contract Award to GSA’s online shopping mall GSA Advantage!.  This allows any government purchaser to quickly and easily order your products or services directly from the GSA Advantage website.

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