I have received a few calls and emails from a few clients about an email they received from the SAM Administrator at SAM.gov about potential fraud. Some were concerned about whether this was real or some registration scam.Read More
Why do you want to obtain a GSA contract? That is one of the first questions we ask prospective clients when they call inquiring about our GSA schedule services. Some demonstrate they have performed considerable research, really thought this through, and are well informed.
In recent years, we have also heard from firms who had never sold in the federal market but had received cold calls from a huckster promising that simply getting a GSA contract would yield millions of dollars in contracts! We quickly dispel them of the notion that while it can be lucrative, it is not a guarantee. We also talk about whether entering the federal market makes sense for them, and all the other government contracting options available to them in addition to GSA. More recently, firms have expressed concerns about protecting their ongoing business in a constricted federal market.
A GSA schedule contract remains one of the best contracting vehicles for small businesses that want to sell commercial products and services to the federal government. In fact, a recent analysis by TurboGSA; a leading GSA consultant, finds that about $15 billion a year goes directly to small businesses through GSA schedules. Federal agencies are keen to buy from GSA approved vendors because it simplifies the buying process for them and they know that the vendor has been determined to be a credible vendor by GSA. But despite its popularity with agency buyers, there is some confusion in the market about this program and many small businesses still do not understand the basics of getting a GSA contract.
Topics: GSA Schedule
Many of you may have spent a lot of time in the past few weeks playing games with your children or grandchildren. Or perhaps some of you are kids at heart and received some of your own games during the holidays. Many of these games were probably electronic PlayStation, Xbox or Wii games. But what about the good old fashioned board games.
Hiring a consultant to help you through the GSA contract process is an excellent idea, but what happens after you get the contract? Can that same consultant help you through an audit or an extension? Can they help you find new government customers? You should find answers to these questions before you engage with a qualified GSA consultant.
The General Services Administration (GSA) was established in 1949 by President Harry Truman. The original mission of the GSA was to stockpile supplies for wartime, store and manage government records and dispose of surplus war supplies.
Do you have a GSA contract that is due to expire in the next year? If so, you will want to take steps now so that GSA will exercise its option to extend the contract. GSA will begin this process about 7 months prior to the expiration, so you should be prepared. Here are seven things you can do now to pave the way to a smooth renewal.
This is a presentation given by GSA at their May 2011 Expo.
A vendor’s GSA catalog is an online resource found on GSA Advantage, which is GSA’s online ecommerce system. The GSAAdvantage! system contains GSA vendor information and enables Federal agencies to research products and pricing as well as place orders or issue RFQ’s in the system’s eBuy section.