GSA Schedules: The Most Important Step in Government Sales
The General Services Administration (GSA) is an independent agency of the United States federal government, created in 1949 to help manage and support the basic functioning of federal agencies. The GSA supplies products and services for U.S. government organizations, provides transportation and office space to federal employees, and develops government-wide cost-minimizing policies, and other management tasks. The GSA oversees an average of $40 billion in procurement annually. The GSA helps with procurement work for other government agencies. To do this, it uses the GSA Schedule system, an acquisition contract vehicle which agencies use to purchase goods and services.
Types of GSA Schedules and Usage
A GSA Schedule is essentially a pre-negotiated procurement contract. Each GSA Schedule deals with a different category of goods and/or services, there are 41 different types of GSA Schedules. Procurement officers from federal, state, and local government agencies can utilize these contracts and make purchases directly from GSA Schedules. This saves them the hassle of dealing with any legal obligations with vendors since it has already been handled and approved by the GSA.