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GSA Schedules

GSA Schedules
The General Services Administration (GSA) Multiple Award Schedule (MAS), also referred to as GSA Schedule and Federal Supply Schedule (FSS), program establishes long-term governmentwide contracts with commercial firms to provide access to more than 12 million commercial products and services that can be ordered directly from GSA Schedule contractors or through GSA Advantage online shopping and ordering system. Schedule contracts are indefinite delivery /indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts awarded to responsible companies that offer commercial services or supplies at fair and reasonable prices.

Can state and local government buy off GSA Schedules?
Section 211 of the E-Government Act of 2002 authorizes GSA sales of Schedule 70 IT products and services to state and local governments through the introduction of Cooperative Purchasing. Cooperative Purchasing authorizes state and local government entities to purchase from Schedule 70 Information Technology (IT) contracts.

What is GSA Advantage?
GSA Advantage is the government’s online shopping service for all government customers. It is mandatory for all GSA Contractors to load their information to the system upon award. Read More

What is e-Buy?
e-Buy is an online Request for Quotation (RFQ) tool for Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) awarded products and services. It is available only to registered MAS and Governmentwide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) contractors. It facilitates the request for submission of quotations for a wide range of commercial supplies and services offered by GSA Schedules and Governmentwide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) contractors. Read More

What Is The Trade Agreement Act?
The Trade Agreements Act (TAA) is the enabling statute that implements numerous multilateral and bilateral international trade agreements and other trade initiatives. Read More

Are all products and services offered under GSA Schedule contracts compliant with the Trade Agreements Act?
Yes; all products and services offered under GSA Schedule contracts are evaluated and awarded in accordance with the Trade Agreements Act (FAR 25.4)

How do I get started?
BH Sky begins the process with a GSA pre-assessment. The pre-assessment includes review of GSA contract requirements to determine if your firm complies with key contract requirements, an assessment to determine if the GSA Schedule is a good fit for your company, market research to determine if the federal government has a need for the products/ services you offer and to determine if there is a GSA Schedule that covers those products/ services. Read More

GSA Schedules
The General Services Administration (GSA) Multiple Award Schedule (MAS), also referred to as GSA Schedule and Federal Supply Schedule (FSS), program establishes long-term governmentwide contracts with commercial firms to provide access to more than 12 million commercial products and services that can be ordered directly from GSA Schedule contractors or through GSA Advantage online shopping and ordering system. Schedule contracts are indefinite delivery /indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts awarded to responsible companies that offer commercial services or supplies at fair and reasonable prices.
Can state and local government buy off GSA Schedules?
Section 211 of the E-Government Act of 2002 authorizes GSA sales of Schedule 70 IT products and services to state and local governments through the introduction of Cooperative Purchasing. Cooperative Purchasing authorizes state and local government entities to purchase from Schedule 70 Information Technology (IT) contracts.
What is GSA Advantage?

GSA Advantage is the government’s online shopping service for all government customers. It is mandatory for all GSA Contractors to load their information to the system upon award.

What is e-Buy?

e-Buy is an online Request for Quotation (RFQ) tool for Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) awarded products and services. It is available only to registered MAS and Governmentwide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) contractors. It facilitates the request for submission of quotations for a wide range of commercial supplies and services offered by GSA Schedules and Governmentwide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) contractors.

What Is The Trade Agreement Act?

The Trade Agreements Act (TAA) is the enabling statute that implements numerous multilateral and bilateral international trade agreements and other trade initiatives.

Are all products and services offered under GSA Schedule contracts compliant with the Trade Agreements Act?

Yes; all products and services offered under GSA Schedule contracts are evaluated and awarded in accordance with the Trade Agreements Act (FAR 25.4)

How do I get started?

BH Sky begins the process with a GSA pre-assessment. The pre-assessment includes review of GSA contract requirements to determine if your firm complies with key contract requirements, an assessment to determine if the GSA Schedule is a good fit for your company, market research to determine if the federal government has a need for the products/ services you offer and to determine if there is a GSA Schedule that covers those products/ services.

Business FAQs

How do I find my NAICS code?
The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is the standard used by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy. Search the database by keyword to identify the six digit code(s) most applicable to your industry. Search The Database

What is the Service Contract Act (SCA)?
The McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act (SCA) requires contractors and subcontractors performing services on prime contracts in excess of $2,500 to pay service employees in various classes no less than the wage rates and fringe benefits found prevailing in the locality, or the rates (including prospective increases) contained in a predecessor contractor’s collective bargaining agreement. A SCA Directory of Occupations may be obtained fromwww.wdol.gov

How do I determine if my firm is a small business?
A small business is defined either in terms of the average number of employees over the past 12 months, or the average annual receipts over the past three years. Select the NAICS code that best describes your business and then determine if the business meets the size standards for the selected NAICS codes(s).

How long will it take to get my first contract?
A recent survey by AMEX-Open of successful small businesses concluded that it takes an average of one year and seven months to get first government contract. However, each situation is

How do I find my NAICS code?

The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is the standard used by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy. Search the database by keyword to identify the six digit code(s) most applicable to your industry.

What is the Service Contract Act (SCA)?

The McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act (SCA) requires contractors and subcontractors performing services on prime contracts in excess of $2,500 to pay service employees in various classes no less than the wage rates and fringe benefits found prevailing in the locality, or the rates (including prospective increases) contained in a predecessor contractor’s collective bargaining agreement. A SCA Directory of Occupations may be obtained from www.wdol.gov

How do I determine if my firm is a small business?

A small business is defined either in terms of the average number of employees over the past 12 months, or the average annual receipts over the past three years. Select the NAICS code that best describes your business and then determine if the business meets the size standards for the selected NAICS codes(s).

How long will it take to get my first contract?

A recent survey by AMEX-Open of successful small businesses concluded that it takes an average of one year and seven months to get first government contract. However, each situation is unique and there are variations in time.

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