How long does it take to be awarded a GSA Schedule Contract?
After you submit an offer/proposal to GSA, they have a goal of 120 days to review and award the GSA Schedule contract. In some cases it takes less time, but it can take longer. It can take longer for some popular schedules simply because the number of firms applying has stretched GSA’s capacity to review. Frequently, an incomplete proposal and other inadequacies of a proposal can cause it to take longer than necessary.
Partnering on a GSA Schedule is a great way to reduce the time it takes to get on a Schedule and sell to the government. If you choose to partner on a GSA Schedule contract you should go to GSA’s eLibrary of contractors and identify similar or complementary companies. Your business will need to approach the potential partners that already possess a GSA Schedule contract and ask them to consider adding your businesses products to their GSA Schedule.
Besides reducing the time to get on a GSA Schedule, partner also reduces audit exposure which can be beneficially to newer companies entering the market. The only other concerns with partnering on a GSA Schedule is that your business does lose some independence because you’re using another companies existing GSA Schedule contract. However, the benefits outweigh the cons as partnering will expose your business to the government contracting world and may create future business in the GSA Scheduling world.