The Need for GSA Schedule Consulting in an Era of Sequestration
This past march, the United States Government cut approximately $85.4 billion from the US budget. These cuts started a movement of sequestration, and were part of austerity measures put in place to help combat the increasing budget deficit faced by the US.
Sequestration impacted government programs and services across the board. The cuts were split evenly between defense and non-defense programs. The Department of Defense faces a cut of nearly $43 billion in 2013. Some programs, such as Social Security and Medicaid were exempt from the Sequester.
Despite these cuts, annual government spending will remain in the amount of trillions of dollars. However, reduced government spending does mean increased competition in the federal marketplace. The government will be far more particular in choosing who it does business with. With GSA Schedules providing 10% of government sales annually, getting on to a GSA Schedule and selling to the government is still a great option for vendors looking to expand their market and grow business. In addition, GSA Schedule consulting along with the use of a GSA Schedule acts as a contractor’s “stamp of approval” to the government because they know they are getting a fair price from a reliable commercial vendor.