Video: How the GSA Program Works

Feb 4, 2020 3:40:00 PM / by Hayden Johnson posted in General Services Administration (GSA), GSAP Registration, Videos

USFCR's GSA Program was created to streamline the application process for a GSA schedule. Unlike our competitors, USFCR uses a pay-as-completed model to make sure our service is cost effective for your business. Learn more about how it works in the video below. 

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Podcast EP 11: The Government Buys on a Schedule

Oct 29, 2019 1:33:00 PM / by David Rockwell posted in General Services Administration (GSA), Podcast

The General Services Administration (GSA) has a big part in the process of government contracting. Some people have a bad impression of the GSA because they are so interconnected into the process. This podcast episode explains it all leaves you feeling like you understand how to use the GSA's resources to make money for your business.

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GSA’s Plan Fails, Causing a 74% Reduction in New SAM Registrations

May 10, 2018 4:50:44 PM / by Hayden Johnson posted in System for Award Management (SAM), General Services Administration (GSA), News

In March 2018, the General Services Administration began requiring notarized letters from entities registering in SAM.gov. SAM is an acronym that stands for the System for Award Management. Anyone seeking to work as a government contractor or receive federal grants must be registered on this website. The regulation was later extended to existing government contractors wishing to renew their registration or make changes. Although it was a measure to deter fraud, this “solution” has backfired and contractors are the ones paying the price.

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GSA to Roll Out Changes in April 2017

Apr 12, 2017 9:00:10 AM / by USFCR posted in General Services Administration (GSA), News

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) last month released information about a planned schedule-wide Mass Modification that will refresh all GSA MAS Contracts in April.
According to the GSA, the government intends this mass modification to unify applicable regulations across all schedule solicitations, such as with the incorporation of the GSA’s Eligibility to Use GSA Sources of Supply and Services. This specific change went into effect in July 2016, but the GSA is taking action now to make sure all solicitations reference the correct source list.
The biggest changes we expect to see rolled out after this solicitation refresh are those related to small business subcontracting program.
In the Draft Significant Changes Document the GSA posted on its Interact website, the GSA highlighted planned changes to the small business subcontracting program. Once these changes go into effect, the GSA will:

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GSA Schedule 73 Opened to New Offers

Feb 8, 2017 9:00:55 AM / by USFCR posted in General Services Administration (GSA), GSAP Registration

GSA Schedule 73 Opened to New Offers

GSA Schedule 73 -- Food Service, Hospitality, Cleaning Equipment and Supplies, Chemicals and Services -- is now open to new offers, according to Stephen Nieswiadomy, Supervisor Contracting Officer for the Schedule 73 Program.

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GSA Schedule 73 Opened to New Offers

Feb 8, 2017 9:00:51 AM / by USFCR posted in General Services Administration (GSA), News

GSA Schedule 73 -- Food Service, Hospitality, Cleaning Equipment and Supplies, Chemicals and Services -- is now open to new offers, according to Stephen Nieswiadomy, Supervisor Contracting Officer for the Schedule 73 Program.

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Potential GSA Schedules Program Errors Under Review

Oct 3, 2016 9:21:40 AM / by David Rockwell posted in General Services Administration (GSA), GSAP Registration, News

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Inspector General (IG) released in September the results of an audit that showed contractors are providing outdated or inaccurate pricing information on their GSA Schedules, and this information, according to the audit, may cost taxpayers as much as $405 million per year.

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GSA Adds Four HACS SINs to IT Schedule 70

Sep 23, 2016 9:00:16 AM / by David Rockwell posted in General Services Administration (GSA), GSAP Registration, News

The General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) announced on September 12, 2016 that its IT Schedule 70 has established four (4) new Highly Adaptive Cybersecurity Services (HACS) Special Item Numbers (SINs). IT Schedule 70 -- an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) multiple award schedule (MAS) that provides direct access to products, services, and solutions from more than 4,700 certified industry partners -- is the largest GSA Schedule.

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GSA Proposes Including Direct Costs in Schedules Program

Sep 12, 2016 10:00:29 AM / by David Rockwell posted in General Services Administration (GSA), GSAP Registration, News

On Friday, September 9, 2016, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) published in the Federal Register a proposed rule to incorporate Order Level Materials (OLMs), also know as Other Direct Costs (ODCs), into the Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) program.  According to the GSA, this proposed rule will improve and increase order flexibility and functionality for government buyers and for contractors.

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GSA to Launch Transactional Data Reporting (TDR) Pilot Program

Aug 15, 2016 9:00:24 AM / by David Rockwell posted in General Services Administration (GSA), News

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) published a final General Services Acquisition Regulation (GSAR) (or TDR) rule on June 23 to capture transactional data on procurements across all of its Federal Supply Schedules (FSS) contracts or Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) contracts, and Governmentwide Indefinite-Delivery, Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contracts, including Governmentwide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs).

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DoD “4th Estate” to Use GSA’s OASIS Contract Vehicles 

Jun 27, 2016 9:00:35 AM / by David Rockwell posted in General Services Administration (GSA)

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy (DPAP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding the 4th Estate’s use of GSA’s One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS) and OASIS Small Business (OASIS SB) contracts for procurement of complex professional services.

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GSA, DOT Release RFP for Volpe Center Exchange

Jun 22, 2016 9:05:32 AM / by David Rockwell posted in General Services Administration (GSA), News

On Wednesday, June 15, 2016, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced the issuance of a Request for Proposal (RFP) for an exchange transaction impacting the real property located at 55 Broadway in Cambridge, Massachusetts (Property) that is occupied by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT’s) John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (Volpe Center).

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The GSA's Green and Sustainable Procurement Tool

May 18, 2016 9:00:35 AM / by David Rockwell posted in General Services Administration (GSA)

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) recently rolled out The Green Procurement Compilation (GPC), an innovative method of ensuring that procurement officers have access to items deemed "green" and "sustainable." The GPC is a comprehensive green purchasing resource designed for federal contracting personnel and program managers.  It helps you identify applicable green purchasing requirements by consolidating and organizing information from federal environmental programs in one place, saving you from visiting multiple web sites.
The GPC allows vendors and buyers to:

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GSA Reverse Auctions - Transaction Fees Down, Opportunities Up

May 4, 2016 9:00:10 AM / by David Rockwell posted in General Services Administration (GSA)

Have you heard of GSA Reverse Auctions? If not, you may be missing out on an opportunity to win contracts.
GSA Reverse Auctions is an efficient and cost-effective platform for buying non-complex commodities and simple services. Designed to drive down the total cost of acquisitions and increase savings to customers and taxpayers, GSA Reverse Auction is an eTool and can be used to facilitate the request for and submission of quotes, offers or proposals for products, services, and solutions through GSA Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) and Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs) and Open Market (non-schedule) acquisitions.
In other words, sellers compete to win business from agencies, with prices decreasing as the competitive auction progresses. Since it launched in 2013, GSA’s reverse auction tool has proved to be an efficient and cost-effective way for agencies to buy non-complex commodities and simple services.
As of April 2016, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has capped its transaction fee for Reverse Auctions at $1,500 per line item, a reduction of $3,500 per line item. Open Market auctions are assessed a nominal transaction fee of 0.75 percent, which is capped at $1,500 per line item value.
Reverse Auction Benefits
Buyers Benefits include:

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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 posted in General Services Administration (GSA), GSAP Registration

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.

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The IT Schedule 70 Springboard and Its Role in the MAS

Apr 25, 2016 9:20:22 AM / by David Rockwell posted in General Services Administration (GSA), GSAP Registration, News

Earlier this month, GSA Administrator Denise Turner Roth launched a series of new initiatives Making It Easier (MIE) for customer agencies and industry partners to accomplish their missions. These new programs go hand in hand with Administrator Roth’s key vision for GSA: to be a more proactive federal partner and a catalyst for economic development in communities across the country. The new IT Schedule 70 Springboard, which offers new and smaller businesses an easier and faster way to get a Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) contract.

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GSA Simplifies Doing Business with the Government

Apr 8, 2016 9:24:35 AM / by David Rockwell posted in General Services Administration (GSA)

The U.S. General Services Administration on Thursday, April 6, 2016, launched what it is affectionally calling its "Making It Easier (MIE)" program.
The MIE program, according to GSA Administrator Denise Turner Roth, makes working with the government easier for new and innovative companies, provides small businesses with tools and support they need to do work with the government, and includes an IT Schedule 70 Plain Language Roadmap that explains the Schedule 70 offer process for new vendors in clear and simple terms.  The program also makes available a standard welcome packet to companies after they are awarded their first Schedule contract. This packet, said Roth, "will put an end to new vendors receiving inconsistent and outdated guidance."
According to Roth, tens of billions of dollars go through GSA’s Multiple Award Schedules each year, and as these contract dollars increase, so do complaints about how difficult getting a Schedule contract is, how long the process takes, and how difficult changing the contract is.
"MIE has answers to both those issues," said Roth, unveiling the GSA's new FASt Lane and IT Schedule 70 Springboard.
FASt Lane, according to Roth, cuts the time it takes to get specific new innovative IT suppliers on Schedule 70 … from 110 to 45 days. And the time it takes for changes to be made to a current contract has been cut down to one or two business days …much quicker than before. The IT Schedule 70 Startup Springboard gives highly qualified businesses an alternative to the current 2-year professional experience requirement. This means we can get startup companies offering emerging technologies onto Schedules and into the hands of customer agencies faster.
GSA also recently launched a Forecast Tool giving small businesses a new way to search for upcoming contracting opportunities – another piece of GSA’s growing environment of innovation and progress.
Watch Roth talk more about the program here.
US Federal Contractor Registration, the world's largest third-party government registration firm, helps businesses qualify to get on the GSA and become eligible to be awarded a GSA Contract. If you're interested in this or other contracting opportunities, call us at 877-252-2700, ext. 1.

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GSA Administrator Speaks at Women Build America Conference

Apr 6, 2016 9:24:24 AM / by David Rockwell posted in General Services Administration (GSA), News

Earlier this week, U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Administrator Denise Turner Roth spoke at Women Build America, which brings together leaders in construction and is hosted by Women Construction Owners & Executives (WCOE). Roth discussed the agency’s commitment to be an economic catalyst and stimulate job growth in communities across the nation. GSA is changing agency policy and engaging communities to ensure the outcomes of projects are complementary to community planning efforts. Roth also stressed the importance of public-private partnerships which leads to better success in projects nationwide.
“At the GSA, nearly 10 percent of our federal contracts - worth approximately $350 million - were awarded to women-owned small businesses in fiscal year 2015 — surpassing the federal 5 percent goal. These contracts will help women take their small businesses to the next level and create the jobs America needs. GSA is constantly seeking new ways to improve communication and transparency to allow vendors, especially small businesses, a better chance for success in doing business with the government,” said Roth.
The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) is an independent agency of the U.S. government whose mission is to deliver the best value in real estate, acquisition, and technology services to government and the American people. The agency’s Public Buildings Service is one of the largest and most diversified public real estate organizations in the world. Its portfolio consists of 376.9 million rentable square feet in 8,721 active assets across the United States, in all 50 states, 6 U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.
Federal agencies are legally required to set aside 23 percent of all contracts for small businesses. These agencies are also required to set aside a specific number of contracts for business owners who meet specific socioeconomic criteria:

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GSA Launches Forecast of Contracting Opportunities Tool

Mar 24, 2016 9:21:24 AM / by David Rockwell posted in General Services Administration (GSA), News

U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Administrator Denise Turner Roth announced on March 15, 2016 the launch of a Forecast of Contracting Opportunities tool, a new GSA-engineered product that will make it easier for small businesses to find potential contracting opportunities with the federal government.
This innovative tool is a key element of Administrator Roth’s focus on strengthening GSA’s role as a catalyst for economic development in communities wherever the federal government is present. Small enterprises are the engines of local economic prosperity, and, said Roth, empowering them to more easily identify opportunities to do business with government is integral to the agency’s mission.
The dashboard is the beta version of a worldwide database of upcoming potential federal contracting opportunities. With the tool, small businesses can now easily filter the contracting opportunity data by:

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GSA Launches Forecast of Contracting Opportunities Tool

Mar 23, 2016 9:32:30 AM / by USFCR posted in General Services Administration (GSA)

GSA Launches Forecast of Contracting Opportunities Tool

U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Administrator Denise Turner Roth announced on March 15, 2016 the launch of a Forecast of Contracting Opportunities tool, a new GSA-engineered product that will make it easier for small businesses to find potential contracting opportunities with the federal government.

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