What is GSA?
The General Services Administration (GSA) is an agency of the U.S. Government that manages and supports acquisition of products and services. It was established in 1949 by the Truman Administration. The GSA supplies products and communications for U.S. government offices, provides transportation and office space to federal employees, and develops government-wide cost-minimizing policies, and other management tasks.
What is a GSA Schedule Contract?
GSA Schedule Contracts are long-term contracts with the General Services Administration’s Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) Program, which allow all federal agencies to purchase from you in a streamlined manner. GSA Schedule Contracts assist federal buyers and Contracting Officers buy products and services. With pre-negotiated prices, delivery terms, warranties, etc. A GSA Schedule Contract is what makes the complicated federal acquisition process simpler and less dangerous for government buyers. A company with a GSA Contract is viewed as pre-screened and validated, which makes them more trustworthy to buy from. I GSA Schedule Contract is not tied to any actual purchases, it is simply an established contract vehicle, or a “”License to Hunt.””
How do I get GSA Certified?
Now that you know what a GSA Contract is, you are likely wondering about the process to get GSA Certified. Initially, a document package, called an “”offer”” is prepared and submitted electronically to the GSA for review. After the GSA has had time to review the large group of documents, they commonly respond with several clarification items, which must be addressed hastily. After the offer documents are deemed acceptable by the GSA. Next, Negotiations are scheduled and completed, determine final GSA Contract Pricing. The final terms and conditions agree upon in Negotiations are wrapped-up in the Final Proposal Revisions document, then the GSA Contract is awarded. Then, registrations in the GSA systems are completed, and the GSA Contract can be used to conduct federal business.”