GSA Schedules: What's Closed and How to Get On One or More of Them

Apr 28, 2016 9:00:35 AM / by David Rockwell

As of April 2016, the only U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Schedule closed is Schedule 75: Office Solutions - Supplies and Services. This Schedule includes office products, office services, restroom products (e.g., toilet tissue, paper towels and their dispensers, toilet seat covers, facial tissues, soaps), and new products/technology. This schedule can include furniture and food items, but only if the vendor primarily offers office products.
The GSA periodically closes schedules to new contractors if the schedule is determined to be "oversaturated." Oversaturated schedules are schedules that the GSA determines have little to no room for innovation and program growth. Schedules can become oversaturated as well due to duplications. Many vendors offer the same products on different schedules.
The GSA closes schedules for a period of one year. After one year, the GSA re-examines the schedule to see if changes in the marketplace make re-opening the schedule a viable option for contractors and federal buyers.
GSA Schedule Contracts, also known as GSA Schedules or Federal Supply Schedules, are indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ), long-term contracts under the General Services Administration’s Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) Program. GSA Schedule Contracts were developed to assist federal employees in purchasing products and services; they contain pre-negotiated prices, delivery terms, warranties, and other terms and conditions which streamline the buying process.
There is no law that requires a contractor to hold a GSA Schedule in order to conduct business with the federal government. However, many agencies will only place orders through GSA Schedule Contracts. As a result, companies that conduct significant business with the federal government ultimately find it necessary to obtain a Schedule Contract.
Acquisitions through GSA Schedules are issued using full and open competition. Prices have already been deemed fair and reasonable, and Contracts are in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, reducing evaluation cycles. Purchases can be made directly from a contractor’s GSA Schedule Contract, eliminating time-consuming responses to complex RFP’s and lengthy negotiations.

  • Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs) between agencies and contractors under the GSA Schedule are established to meet recurring product/service needs. BPA’s reduce administrative costs by eliminating repetitive ordering procedures.
  • Contractor Team Arrangements (CTAs) are agreements between two or more GSA Schedule Contract holders to work together in order to provide a complete solution to an agency’s need.
  • GSA Advantage!, is an online shopping mall for federal government agencies to view, compare, and directly purchase products and services available through GSA Schedule Contracts.

The qualifications needed to obtain a GSA Schedule Contract vary slightly from Schedule to Schedule. However, for the most part a company must meet the following criteria:

  • Financial Stability
  • At Least 2 Years in Business
  • Past Performance
  • Products Commercially Available
  • Products Compliant with the Trade Agreements Act. End product must be manufactured or substantially altered within the U.S. or a “designated country” as defined by the Trade Agreements Act. Click here for a list of TAA Designated Countries.

US Federal Contractor, the world's largest third-party government registration firm, helps clients around the country get on a GSA Schedule, and also develop bids for and bid on contracts. In 2015, US Federal Contractor Registration clients earned more than $1.9 billion in government contracts. To find out how we can help your business succeed as a government contractor, call us at 877-252-2700, ext. 1.

Tags: General Services Administration (GSA), GSAP Registration

David Rockwell

Written by David Rockwell

David is a writer and educational multimedia producer for government contractors around the world. Some of his favorite work, with the experts at USFCR, is telling success stories of businesses that win federal contracts.

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