All about the GSA Professional Services and Human Capital Categories going into FY 2021

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What is Human Capital?

Human Capital has a lot of different aspects that make up the whole of this subject. Human Capital is the culmination of workforce acquisition, management, and optimization. However, some other portions of this category include workforce planning and strategy, recruitment, employee training and development, reporting, and analytics.

The Human Resources, or HR, Department of a company is usually responsible for Human Capital.

In addition to being a part of many different companies, Human Capital is also a category of the MAS program. This category aims to provide a streamlined approach to the scope of several service-based GSA schedules.

The GSA’s Human Capital category offers a solution across several service competencies. The contractors under this schedule will have a single contract that provides scopes of services that span over multiple GSA schedules.

The Human Capital Services Category includes items from the following Legacy GSA Schedules:

GSA Schedule 736:

This schedule is a Temporary Administrative And Professional Staffing option, also known as TAPS.
TAPS offers qualified individuals to companies for as little as one day, or for as long as necessary.

GSA Schedule 738X:

This schedule is the Human Capital Management and Administrative Support Services award. This portion of the GSA is also known as the MAS, or Multiple Award Schedule, program, and it is the primary method of procurement for Human Capital among Federal Agencies.

In 2018 alone, the Human Capital category had over $449 Million in sales, 479 contractors, and $936k Average sales per contractor.

What are GSA Professional Services?

Professional services are among the twelve categories of products and services offered on the GSA Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) Contract. Initially known as the Professional Services Schedule (PSS) 00CORP, Professional Services are comprised up of these categories:

  • Consulting
  • Training
  • Financial
  • Engineering
  • Environmental
  • Marketing
  • Language

The professional services category provides a faster approach to acquisition within the scope of the several service-based GSA schedules. The Professional Services category’s design is inclusive enough to offer a solution across several competencies. The people under the Professional Services category offer scopes of services that span over multiple GSA Schedules.

The Professional Services Category includes the following GSA Schedules:

  • GSA 00CORP
  • Consolidated Schedule
  • 871 Professional Engineering Services
  • 874 Mission Oriented Business Integrated Services
  • 520 Financial and Business Solutions
  • 541 Advertising
  • Integrated Marketing Solutions
  • 738 II Language Services
  • 874 V Logistics Worldwide
  • 899 Environmental Services

Top GSA Professional Services Categories

There are a plethora of different professional services that are needed and offered through GSA services. However, here are some of the main categories and their subcategories:

Business Administrative Services (BAS): This service has gone through many different names, but it has always centered around helping businesses with administrative help. This service includes:

  • Office management
  • Answering phones
  • Speaking with clients
  • Clerical work

However, this is only a sample of what the people offering BAS are qualified to handle.

Technical and Engineering services (non-IT): This service was formally known as “Professional Engineering Services (PES)” or “Schedule 871,” and it involves professionals in all aspects of engineering. Here are the areas of expertise that businesses use this service for most often:

  • ENG Engineering Services
  • Engineering System Design and Integration Services
  • Integrated Logistics Support
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Services
  • Technical/Application Development Support (TADS)

Marketing and Public relations: Marketing and Public Relations is a vast subject that includes a range of different business needs. Here are some of the most common business needs for a marketing and public relations specialist:

  • Video/Film Production
  • Public Relations Services
  • Marketing Research and Analysis
  • Commercial Photography Services
  • Photographic Services and Solutions
  • Other Direct Costs for Marketing and Public Relations Services

However, any task that helps better the business’ image to the public can fall under this category.

Environmental Services: Formally known as “Schedule 899”, this option deals with anything task or decision that has environmental ramifications. Specifically, this specialist option includes:

  • Hazardous Waste Disposal Services
  • Environmental Remediation Services
  • Environmental Consulting Services

Financial Services: Formally known as “Financial and Business Solutions” or “FABS” or “Schedule 520,” this option will provide a specialist that is keen to help you with any of your financial needs. This option includes but is not limited to:

  • Financial Advising, Loan Servicing, and Asset Management Services
  • Financial Asset Resolution Services
  • Auditing Services
  • Payroll Services
  • Budget and Financial Management Services
  • Debt Collection Services

Training: Sometimes, a task requires an in-house specialist. However, if the business has never had this need before, they might need an outside person to train either a new or existing employee to take on the role. This need is what training specialists offer in the form of:

  • Professional and Management Development Training
  • Educational Support Services
  • Off-the-Shelf Training Devices and Training Materials
  • Professional and Management Development Training
  • Flight Training

Logistical Services: Formally known as “Logistics Worldwide” or “LOGWORLD” deals with any type of distribution, supply, or transportation issue.

Language Services: Language barriers are a frequent issue for governments throughout the world. So, the GSA created a language services category to prevent any language barriers from getting in the way. Here are common areas where a language specialist is needed:

  • Translation and Interpretation Services
  • Linguistic Training and Education

Legal Services: GSA services can provide professional legal services whenever and wherever the need arises, without having a lawyer on a year-round retainer.

Identity Protection Services: Just like any other business, the government also needs to protect the identity of their employees. That is why it is imperative for identity protection services to be included so the government can minimize the risk and ramifications of:

  • Data Breach Response and Identity Protection
  • Risk Assessment and Mitigation Service 

Why get a GSA PSS Schedule Contract?

Most of the time, people who perform and sell Human Capital Services might want to pursue getting a GSA Schedule to help grow their business and develop their Federal prospects.

Here are the necessary steps to go about getting a GSA PSS Schedule Contract:

Getting a GSA PSS Schedule Contract 

Document Preparation: This step involves preparing the GSA offer, which is around 30 documents that require specific attention to detail.

GSA Review and Clarifications: A Contract Specialist within the Schedule 70 department will be assigned to review your package. They will reach out and help clarify or help with the requirements.

Negotiations and Award: If you get this far, congratulations! This step involves the negotiation of discounts, terms, and conditions. It is the last step before being awarded the GSA contract under schedule 70.

Post Award: Once everything is uploaded, this is the last step, and this will ensure that buyers find you. This step is also what gets your access to GSA eBuy unlocked.

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