Welcome to our quick guide on GSA contract eligibility criteria. The GSA Office of Acquisition Policy (OAP) is responsible for determining the eligibility of entities to use GSA sources. It is important to understand the requirements and qualifications for obtaining a GSA contract to ensure compliance and access to various opportunities.
Eligible entities include eligible state, local, territorial, and tribal governments, as well as other eligible non-Federal entities. However, non-profit status alone is not sufficient for eligibility, and federal grantees are generally excluded. If you are unsure about your eligibility, there is a list of eligible entities available, or you can request an eligibility determination.
It’s essential to familiarize yourself with the criteria and guidelines set by the GSA to ensure you meet the necessary qualifications. In this guide, we will provide you with the fundamental information you need to understand GSA contract eligibility.
- Eligible entities include state, local, territorial, and tribal governments, as well as eligible non-Federal entities.
- Non-profit status alone is not sufficient for GSA contract eligibility.
- Federal grantees are generally not eligible to use GSA sources.
- You can check the list of eligible entities or request an eligibility determination if you are unsure.
- Understanding the criteria and guidelines is important for compliance and accessing opportunities.
List of Eligible Entities
The General Services Administration (GSA) maintains a comprehensive and regularly updated list of entities that have been determined to be eligible for GSA sources.
This list serves as a valuable resource for entities looking to determine their GSA schedule eligibility and pursue GSA contract opportunities.
The searchable table includes the primary entity name and corresponding entity type, offering easy access to relevant information.
Entities can utilize search and filter functionalities to find specific information based on entity name, entity type, and state/location.
It’s important to note that being listed in this table is an essential step towards GSA schedule qualification. However, listed entities must still meet all applicable limitations and conditions related to eligibility and the use of GSA sources.
Here’s an example of the structure of the table:
This table provides a glimpse into the information available in the GSA’s list of eligible entities.
With this comprehensive resource, entities can easily navigate the GSA contract application process and take the necessary steps towards becoming qualified GSA schedule contract holders.
How to Request an Eligibility Determination
Entities that are not listed in the table of eligible entities can request an eligibility determination from the GSA. This process allows entities to verify their eligibility to use GSA sources and programs.
To request an eligibility determination, entities need to provide the following information:
- Entity type
- Specific authority supporting eligibility
- Specific GSA sources/programs
- Additional supporting information
- Contact details
Entities may also be required to submit copies of supporting documentation, such as Articles of Incorporation or Audited Financial Statements. These documents help validate the entity’s eligibility.
The request for an eligibility determination should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. The GSA will review the request and provide a determination based on the provided information.
Types of Entities Eligible by Source/Program
The GSA has identified various types of entities that are eligible to use GSA sources and programs. These entities include:
- Federal agencies (Executive, Legislative, Judicial)
- Federal independent establishments (Executive, Legislative)
- Government corporations
- Territorial governments
- Tribal governments under ISDEAA
- Tribal organizations under ISDEAA
- Indian tribes under NAHASDA
- Tribally-designated housing entities under NAHASDA
- Tribally-controlled schools under TCSA
- Urban Indian organizations
- Contractor fixed price
- Qualified nonprofit agencies for the blind and severely disabled
Eligibility by Source/Program
Becoming a GSA Schedule Contract Holder
To access contract opportunities available through the GSA Schedule program, businesses can become a GSA Schedule contract holder. This will give them access to additional contract opportunities that are only available to Schedule holders.
To be eligible for a Schedule contract, businesses generally need to have been in operation for two years, provide financial statements, and demonstrate measurable past performance. However, these requirements may be waived for eligible businesses through programs such as the Startup Springboard program.
If your business meets the eligibility criteria, you can start the GSA schedule application process. This involves completing the necessary forms, providing documentation to support your eligibility, and submitting the application to the GSA. The application will be reviewed by the GSA, and if approved, your business will be awarded a GSA Schedule contract.
Once you have become a GSA Schedule contract holder, you can start exploring the various contract opportunities available to you. This can include providing goods or services to federal agencies, state and local governments, and other eligible entities. The GSA Schedule program offers a streamlined procurement process, allowing government customers to easily access your offerings.