GSA’s Readiness Assessment
While the General Services Administration (GSA) has created several training tools used to educate potential GSA Schedule Holders, the GSA is now making more of these training tools mandatory requirements when responding to a Solicitation. In years past, the only required training tool was the “Pathways to Success” training program. Several GSA Schedule Solicitations are now requiring the completion of an additional training tool called the “Readiness Assessment.”
The Readiness Assessment is comprised of 3 sections: Research, Analyze, and Decide. The first section, Research, makes the prospective contract holder use several of the GSA’s data systems to gather information on the GSA Schedule of interest. This information includes determining how many GSA Schedule holders there are, and what the requirements of a Schedule are.
The second part, Analyze, makes the user draw conclusions from the data they researched. These conclusions include determining the average contract dollar value, in addition to identifying how many contract holders have recorded zero dollars in sales.
The final section, Decide, has the potential contract holder review their internal resources to determine if they are adequately prepared to enter the federal marketplace using a GSA Schedule.
The “Readiness Assessment” tool was designed to assist prospective contractors in determining whether they are ready to pursue a Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) contract, and will help with the Solicitation process. The Assessment can be found by going to GSA’s Vendor Support Center and clicking on the “Toolbox” icon at the top of the screen