Authorized Users of GSA Schedules
The GSA Multiple Award Schedule program is a leading acquisition vehicle in the United States government. GSA Schedule sales account for approximately $50 billion a year in spending, 10% of overall federal procurement spending. GSA Schedules are easy, quick and efficient contracting vehicles for both purchasers and vendors. GSA Schedules allow for the establishment of long-term, government wide contracts with commercial companies, giving the government access to a wide range of products and services at volume discount pricing. Organizations and agencies that are eligible to purchase off of GSA Schedules are known as “authorized users”.
GSA Schedules were primarily designed for use by federal government organizations but many other organizations can utilize GSA Schedule contracts. There are 3 comprehensive appendices listing the organizations that may purchase off of GSA Schedules.
Appendix A lists executive agencies, such as cabinet departments, wholly owned government corporations and other independent establishments in the executive branch. Appendix B lists eligible federal organizations that are not part of the executive branch, as well as other mixed-ownership government corporations and non-state US territories such as the District of Columbia and Guam. Appendix C lists international organizations that are eligible to use GSA Schedules, such as the Red Cross and International Monetary Fund. State and local organizations are not formally listed under any of the appendices but do have access to GSA Schedules through GSA’s purchasing programs .
Federal Agencies: All federal agencies in the executive, judicial and legislative branch of the United States government are authorized to use GSA supplies and service.
Other Eligible Users: The government of the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands are eligible to make use of GSA sources of supply and services.
International Organizations: Entities authorized under the Foreign Assistance Act may use GSA sources of supply and service.
State and Local Governments: State and local government agencies have authorized use of GSA schedules under the Cooperative Purchasing and Disaster Recovery Purchasing Programs. The Cooperative Purchasing Program allows state and local governments to use Schedule 70, Information Technology, and Schedule 84, Law Enforcement and Emergency Services. Some states may have alternate contract vehicles in place that they may utilize in addition to or in place of GSA Schedule contracts.
Non-executive Government Agencies: Wholly owned and mixed-ownership government corporations, certain institutions and certain contractors are authorized to use GSA sources of supply and service.