GSA has been marketing its GSA Schedules program to state and local governments for several years now and continues to see increased usage by the SLED market (State, Local, Educational).
GSA Promotes Cooperative Purchasing as a Time and Money Saver
The Cooperative Purchasing Program allows state, local and tribal governments to benefit from pre-approved vendors when purchasing information technology products and services as well as fire, security and law enforcement products and services. This program allows eligible entities to purchase from Cooperative Purchasing approved vendors, at any time, for any reason, using any funds available.
GSA Schedule contracts open to use by state and local governments under Cooperative Purchasing, include:
- GSA Schedule 70 is the largest and most widely-used contract vehicle in the federal government. It features a wide variety of information technology products and services including automated data processing equipment (firmware), software, cloud computing services, hardware, support equipment, and professional services.
- GSA Schedule 84 is used for the purchase of security and law enforcement equipment. It features alarm and signal systems, facility management systems, firefighting and rescue equipment, law enforcement and security equipment, marine craft and related equipment, special purpose clothing, and related services.
GSA Marketing to State and Local Agencies
Participation in the Cooperative Purchasing Program is voluntary so GSA is marketing to those agencies actively. The following are the key value proposition elements tah GSA IT state and Schedule 84 vendors should reinforce when talking to state and local agencies.
Eligible state and local entities are able to purchase from participating Cooperative Purchasing contractors, at any time, for any reason, using any funds available.
The Cooperative Purchasing Program (Cooperative Purchasing FAQs) allows state, local and tribal government entities to benefit from pre-vetted vendors on a variety of information technology products and services (Schedule 70) as well as security and law enforcement products and services (Schedule 84) offered through these specific GSA Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) contracts.
Below are five ways GSA schedules can save you time and state and local agencies money when fulfilling time-sensitive requirements:
1. GSA Schedules Save Time
- These pre-competed, on demand contracts to increase the productivity and capacity of agencies' contracting personnel.
- Quick and easy access to pre-approved contractors, allow agencies to make the most use of your valuable time.
2. Agencies Realize Savings
- Competitive market-based pricing that leverages the buying power of the Federal Government.
- Ability to negotiate deeper discounts off Schedule ceiling price.
3. Experience Flexibility and Choice
- Alternatives such as blanket purchase agreements and contractor team arrangements - both can replace the need for agency indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contracts.
- Decision tools and contracting solutions proven to meet complex requirements.
- GSA's nationwide network of contractors allows agencies to keep their spend locally or within its state!
- The ability to tailor orders and customize terms and conditions at the ordering level.
4. Realize Transparency
- A suite of e-Tools that can be leveraged to identify qualified contractors, maximize competition, and assist your agency reach its socioeconomic goals.
- Business intelligence into your agency’s purchasing patterns when using use our e-Tools (Supply & Procurement e-Tools).
- No interagency transfers of money.
5. Control the Procurement
- Self-service access that allows your agency to retain control of procurements, including requirements development, evaluation, award and administration.