GSA Schedules



  • Why a GSA Schedule is Essential to Your Growth
    Do you ever wonder why your competitors are winning business and you keep missing out?Chances are they are on a GSA schedule. Federal agencies cannot continue to publish single bid opportunities due to lack of contracting staff. Small service... read more
  • 10 Secrets to Win with GSA Schedules
    Limited Time Offer: Get your GSA Schedule and win federal contract awards. The Product: GSA Schedule Template There are 33 different GSA schedules to choose from. Fedmarket offers a GSA PAK for each of these schedules. The template is a do-it... read more
  • GSA: How GSA Schedules are Used to Award Product Contracts
    GSA Schedules: "The Way" to Grow in the Federal Market Over $30 billion dollars of federal contracts are awarded annually through small business friendly GSA schedules. GSA schedules are a favored mechanism for federal buyers to contract... read more
  • GSA: Small Service Businesses Need a MAC to Grow
    GSA Schedules: "The Way" to Grow in the Federal Market Over $30 billion dollars of federal contracts are awarded annually through small business friendly GSA schedules. GSA schedules are a favored mechanism for federal buyers to contract awards to... read more
  • GSA: How to Sell with a GSA Schedule
    GSA Schedules: "The Way" to Grow in the Federal Market Over $30 billion dollars of federal contracts are awarded annually through small business friendly GSA schedules. GSA schedules are a favored mechanism for federal buyers to contract awards to... read more
  • GSA: GSA Schedule Companies Can Bid Quickly with Limited Competition
    GSA Schedules: "The Way" to Grow in the Federal Market Over $30 billion dollars of federal contracts are awarded annually through small business friendly GSA schedules. GSA schedules are a favored mechanism for federal buyers to contract awards to... read more
  • GSA: Buyers Use GSA Schedules to Make Quick and Easy Buys
    GSA Schedules: "The Way" to Grow in the Federal Market Over $30 billion dollars of federal contracts are awarded annually through small business friendly GSA schedules. GSA schedules are a favored mechanism for federal buyers to contract awards to... read more
  • Finally a Single Service GSA Schedule
    Fedmarket's GSA Specialist can assist you in obtaining or migrating to GSA's single professional service schedule; 00Corp. GSA has finally consolidated service schedules into a single schedule allowing companies with a wide range of services to obtain a... read more
  • GSA Schedules: Fast Way for Contracting Officers to Reprocure
    Contracting offices are short of staff and re-procurements (continuation of a contract without interruption of services) are staff intensive with long lead times. Increasingly, contracting officers turn to existing Multiple Award Contracts (MACS) rather... read more
  • GSA Schedule Contracts Open Doors for Small Businesses
    Don't shut yourself off to MACs, begin by obtaining your GSA schedule contract. The federal government is using Multiple Award Contracts (MACs) more and more as the purchasing method of choice. All MACs publicly posted by federal agencies open and... read more
  • How GSA Orders Are Placed
    GSA Schedules are also unique in that purchases are transacted directly between the federal agency requiring a product or service and the contractor. Any federal agency, anywhere in the world, can place an order using the prices, ordering procedures, and... read more
  • Fitting GSA Schedules to Companies
    "Which GSA Schedule fits my company?" That's usually the first question vendors ask, and it's the million-dollar question. The products and services covered by each of the 53 or so Schedules are listed at GSA.gov. Follow the "GSA Schedules" links and... read more
  • Do Not Write Off GSA Schedules
    If you have been following the press on GSA schedules lately you may be having second thoughts about obtaining a GSA schedule for your company. I can't say I blame you, on the surface the news does look grim, but if you dig a little deeper you'll find... read more
  • Public Postings of GSA Schedule Purchases
    A new federal regulation requires that notices of GSA Schedule purchases be posted publicly at FedBizOpps. This will allow all to see what's be transacted through GSA Schedules.  It will give companies not holding Schedule contracts the chance to... read more
  • GSA Schedule Characteristics
    A GSA Schedule is an IDIQ that is ALWAYS open for bid.  GSA schedules are the grandfather of all IDIQs. All schedule contracts share the following four characteristics: They are open to small businesses. A services company can be virtually... read more
  • GSA: The Home of the Oldest IDIQ
    About $40 billion, or 7 plus percent, of last year's $535 billion in total federal procurement spending was awarded through GSA schedules. The General Services Administration is the central administrative agency of the federal government. GSA is the... read more
  • More Small Business Opportunities Under GSA Schedule Contracts
    Effective November 2, 2011, the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) was amended to allow federal buyers who want to purchase through GSA Schedule contracts to set aside opportunities for small businesses. This new interim rule may... read more
  • GSA Schedule Price Increases
    When asked about GSA schedule price increase, many of Fedmarket's customers say: "You mean we can increases our prices before the five year contract period is up?" And some customers who know that price increases are allowed under the contract do not... read more
  • Are Your GSA Schedule Prices Up to Date?
    GSA Schedule prices can be increased according to the terms of a schedule contract. Seems simple but many GSA contractors do not increase their prices during the entire five years of their contract. Obviously, not requesting price increase can hurt... read more
  • GSA Contract Compliance; Do it Right from the Start
    The most important aspects of contract compliance are: Compliance with restrictions on discounting practices (the biggest risk factor financially) Paying the GSA Industrial Funding Fee (IFF) on time Making best efforts to subcontract according to... read more
  • PRC Compliance; the Most Misunderstood GSA Schedule Requirement
    Non-compliance with the Price Reduction Clause (PRC) clause (violating disclosed discounting practices) can result is return of money to GSA and the dollar amount can pile up if the non-compliance is caught late in the contract period. PRC problems have... read more
  • Grab the Federal Contracting Apple: 10 Secrets to Win with GSA Schedules
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  • The Sensitivity of GSA Schedule Contract Modifications
    GSA Schedule contract modification requests are comprised of a series of specific documents required by GSA to change a GSA Schedule contract, e.g., product or service updates, price changes, and name change. The content and format of modification... read more
  • GSA Schedule Changes May Significantly Increase Small Business Contracting
    The federal government has not met its stated goal to send 23% of all federal contracting dollars to small businesses. The shortfall represents around $5 - $6 billion annually. Recently-enacted legislation requires the Small Business... read more
  • Negotiating Your GSA Schedule Prices
    The General Services Administration Acquisition Manual (GSAM) that governs the evaluation of a GSA Schedule proposal contains the rules that govern the evaluation of a GSA Schedule proposal. See: 538.270 Evaluation of multiple award schedule... read more
  • Feeling Restricted by the Number of Labor Categories that GSA will Award?
    Small companies are often handcuffed by GSA's requirement that a labor category cannot be offered to GSA until such time as it has been sold and you have an invoice to document the sale. And how does a small business acquire the required sales history if... read more
  • GSA Schedules: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
    GSA Schedule contracting has always been plagued by the impracticality of the "most favored customer pricing" concept and the restrictiveness of the Price Reduction Clause. Yet both haven't kept nearly 20,000 contractors from pursuing the award of a GSA... read more
  • GSA Schedule Compliance: Small Biz and the GSA
    Why not encourage and support small business participation in GSA Schedule contracting by loosening the experience and number-of-years-in-business requirements somewhat? Why not have 100,000 GSA Schedule holders rather than fewer than 20,000? Why... read more
  • GSA Schedule Compliance: Eliminate Industrial Funding Fee
    One answer to this dilemma is to eliminate the Industrial Funding Fee as the funding method for the GSA Schedule Program. Dramatic, yes. But money could be funneled from the notoriously ineffective Small Business Administration to fund the GSA... read more
  • GSA Hourly Rate Dilemma
    Most companies offer services to GSA on an hourly-rate basis. And then federal customers demand fixed-price bids based on your awarded hourly GSA rates. Most experienced federal contractors know that the hourly rate really doesn't matter that... read more
  • Defining Discounting: Are There Any Answers Out There?
    For many, the idea of writing a proposal for a GSA Schedule contract ranks just short of "I'd rather stick my hand in a fire. Both hands. Up to the elbows." The same is true of proposals to extend GSA contracts for 5 more years. Why are GSA... read more
  • Think Big and Team up with Other GSA Schedule Holders
    GSA encourages teaming arrangements among schedule holders to satisfy complex agency needs. Federal buyers often seek "complete solutions" through a single purchase, rather than multiple buys. Because most companies can't do everything, they... read more
  • Defining Prices for a GSA Schedule Offer
    The single biggest problem in making an offer for a General Service Administration (GSA) schedule contract is defining prices. GSA's expectation is that companies have a standard price list, whether it's published, or a strictly internal... read more
  • Disclosing Discounting Practices
    The biggest stumbling block for many companies in making a General Service Administration (GSA) schedule offer is GSA's requirement to disclose your "Commercial Sales Practices." Companies new to the federal market often respond, "Do what?"... read more
  • Countering the "World's Biggest Customer" Argument
    The problem most companies face when trying to argue that GSA's prices should be higher than your Most Favored Customer is that GSA will almost always say: "We are the world's biggest customer, and we should have better than your best price even... read more
  • GSA's Maximum Order Threshold
    A Maximum Order Threshold (MOT) is specified in the GSA Request for a Proposal (RFP). The amount of the MOT is negotiable, and its significance is often missed. The key is that the Price Reduction Clause does not apply to orders exceeding the MOT.... read more
  • Participating Dealer Agreements
    GSA Schedules can accommodate products sold by resellers. Your business might elect to use resellers for a number of reasons: your product is a component of a larger system or larger product, your commercial sales are made through resellers, or... read more
  • Riding Someone's Schedule
    To satisfy complex agency needs with a minimum of effort, federal buyers often seek "complete solutions" through a single purchase, rather than multiple buys. Because most companies can't do everything, they have to team up with other companies... read more
  • Forming a Team
    So, when should you form a team? Form a team when procurements call for solutions that you can't meet all by yourself. A warehousing contract, for example, might require bar code equipment, software programming, logistics consulting, and a labor... read more
  • Audit Fear is Gripping GSA
    Life for GSA schedule offerors and contract holders is becoming more difficult. Audit fear appears to be gripping the agency and this is reflected in: Long evaluation times and more proposal rejections Calls for unheard of levels of details in... read more
  • Blanket Purchase Agreements
    Federal agencies can establish Blanket Purchasing Agreements (BPAs) under any GSA Schedule contract. A GSA Schedule BPA makes filling recurring needs for supplies or services simple, while leveraging a customer's buying power by taking advantage... read more
  • Negotiating Profitable General Services Administration (GSA) Schedule Prices
    GSA schedule contracts are becoming even more popular because of federal contracting offices need to contract quickly with stimulus funds. Making a profit is the Holy Grail of most businesses. Negotiating pricing with GSA can be a remarkably trying... read more
  • Protect Yourself from the Grim GSA Auditor
    GSA schedule contract compliance is not that hard but it takes careful day-to-day control of discounts and sales force transactions. Many GSA schedule holders find controlling discounting practices to be difficult in the daily fray of trying to... read more
  • Make Accurate Discounting Disclosures
    Implementing an internal GSA management system within your company is the only foolproof way to protect against adverse audit consequences. An effective management system is not difficult to establish. Simply follow basic management principles-... read more
  • The GSA Schedule Ties That Bind
    A GSA proposal is a monstrous document full of red tape. And yet when you cut through all the legwork-the information gathering, writing, exhibit preparation, document formatting, the seemingly endless questions that have to be answered... it all... read more
  • Negotiating as a Market-Based Discounter
    Companies that discount based on market conditions-i.e. indiscriminate discounting-face a difficult path when negotiating with GSA. The GSA pricing policies are based on the principle of set price and discounting practices. The exact opposite... read more
  • GSA Puts the Pressure on Compliance
    Our experience in working with GSA schedule customers indicates that GSA is focusing more efforts on contract compliance. Our speculation is that the Obama administration has accepted GSA schedules as competitive procurement mechanisms with... read more
  • Letters of Supply and Commercial Sales Practice
    For a variety of reasons, product vendors may choose to become suppliers to another company that holds a GSA Schedule contract. In such cases, GSA requires that the GSA Schedule holder-who in this instance would be a reseller-obtain a Letter of... read more
  • Structuring Teaming Deals
    It is not within the purview of GSA to approve team arrangements; any contract arrangements are between the team members. The only real restriction is that the team agreement cannot conflict with the underlying terms and conditions of the GSA... read more
  • New Developments at GSA
    You may have noticed several developments at the General Service Administration (GSA). Offer and modification evaluation times are increasing. Solicitation refresh frequency is increasing. Electronic offers and modification requests are gradually... read more
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