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IT-70 Prepares For a New Addition With the Creation of a Cyber Security SIN

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10 Important Facts About the New Health IT SIN

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Everything You Need to Know About the HCaTS Contract Vehicle

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Government Shutdown Impacts on GSA

government shutdownIf you are a contractor that provides products and/or services to the Federal government through the General Services Administration (GSA), it is important to know how the shutdown impacted the GSA and ultimately your company. Since the Federal government was partially shutdown for 16 days, many government services and agencies were closed, suspended, or impacted in certain ways.

Until congressional leaders and the President reached an agreement on a resolution to reopen the government, a significant number of government services and agencies were affected by the shutdown. During any government shutdown, only governmental functions and employees deemed to be essential to government activity continue to operate. GSA is a non-appropriated agency and the Federal Supply Schedules (FSS) branch of the GSA is supported by the Industrial Funding Fee (IFF), so the shutdown did not affect them to the same degree as many as other agencies. However, some areas of GSA that were affected during the Federal government shutdown included the legal and technical teams.

GSA provides over 12 million products and services necessary for other agencies to better perform their missions. If a contract was fully obligated before the shutdown and the goods or services were still required, the contract remained in full effect and no additional actions were required. However, GSA did not accept any new orders for these products or services, so there is currently a backlog of unprocessed orders. If the contract was for recurring services, contracting personnel had to verify whether the goods and services were needed at the same levels during a shutdown of government operations and could have issued a stop work order or termination for convenience (full or partial). It is the duty of GSA Contractors to work with the government to continue work once more on these recurring GSA contracts. The websites USA.gov and GobiernoUSA.gov remained available during the shutdown but were not updated, except in emergency situations. GSA did not maintain other websites providing government information and services to citizens. If the products and/or services your company provides to the government were recurring, it is important to get in contact with the appropriate contracting personnel to determine if your offerings will still be needed and to what extent.

To read more about how to work with the GSA during a government shutdown,download the GSA Shutdown Plan.

Disaster Purchasing Program Amplifies Target Markets

Money-PersonThe General Services Administration (GSA) has authorized the expansion of the State and Local Disaster Purchasing program. This expansion will include state and local access to Federal Supply Schedules for the purposes of disaster preparation and response. GSA Contractors will be able to reap benefits from the Disaster Purchasing Program due to purchases being limited to GSA Schedule contracts only. Therefore, state and local governments will be looking to purchase products and services from suppliers under the Disaster Purchasing Program and will only be allowed to engage GSA Schedule contractors in their sales agreements. GSA Schedule contractors who previously declined participation in this program will need to make modifications to their GSA Schedule contracts to accept orders from the state and local governments. Any other contractors without GSA Schedules must obtain a GSA Schedule to participate in the Disaster Purchasing Program. This new authorization within the Disaster Purchasing Program will amplify the target market of those who choose to participate.

Once a GSA Schedule contractor becomes a participant in the Disaster Purchasing program, acceptance of orders from state and local governments is voluntary. GSA Schedule contractors may choose to decline an order for any reason, within reasonable periods of time.

Obtaining a new or modifying a current GSA Schedule to participate in the Disaster Purchasing Program will increase the sales possibilities of government contractors. The products and services needed to combat disasters are vast and require assistance from all industries. Professional expertise in GSA Schedule management will allow for desirable outcomes in pricing, contract terms, government requirements, and GSA sales.

To learn more about how to capitalize on the benefits and opportunities of taking part in GSA’s State and Local Disaster Purchasing program, check out this blog.

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