GSA Schedule Contract Blog

What is the Industrial Funding Fee (IFF)?

The Industrial Funding Fee is a fee the GSA applies to all reported sales, in order to cover its operating costs. In this article we will take a closer look at what the IFF is, how to calculate it, and what permissible ways there are, to pay this fee to the GSA.

FDPS Report Function Transits to Beta.SAM.gov. Are You Ready?

FPDS.gov has moved its reports to the new platform, beta.SAM.gov, in 2020. Since the transition finished, all the reporting capabilities of the Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS) are now available at beta.SAM.gov. The process required you to act by the end of January, 2020. In this article we will explain what you should know about the transition.

What is Priority Purchasing with The AbilityOne® Program?

Blind and significantly disabled people face considerable obstacles when searching for competitive employment, leaving 70% unable to find a job in the U.S. But thanks to the AbilityOne program, over 45,000 people with blindness or serious disabilities, including 3,000 veterans, are now in stable employment. The training, wages and experience provided through AbilityOne allows them to participate fully in their communities, support their families, and gain independence.

Three Crucial GSA Regulations You Need to Know About

Federal acquisitions are governed by the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) – a scope of  rules and requirements, establishing the way GSA agencies procure, and regulating how GSA Schedule contractors should go about providing products and services. Success on the federal market depends largely on how well you understand the FAR. Here, we explain the three important regulations that every GSA Schedule contractor should know about.

How to Price Your GSA Services

Is there the best way to price your GSA Schedule?  How to price your products and services so that your Schedule brings you the most profit and allows you to outrun competitors? In this article we will review the main principles of the GSA Schedule pricing, and explain how you can utilize the GSA CALC tool and the GSA pricing tool to define the optimal pricing strategy.

How to Sell to Local and State Governments via the Cooperative Purchasing Program

State and local governments or shortly STLOCs are somewhat restricted to use GSA Schedules to procure products and services they need. Before the pandemic, one of available ways for STLOCs to procure using GSA Schedules was the Cooperative Purchasing Program. In this article we explain how businesses can sell to state, local and tribal governments this way.

Pros and Cons of Government Contracting in 2021

While COVID-19 is rampant and continues wreaking havoc all over the world, many businesses are struggling to survive and retain at least a zero balance if possible. During such hard times you can easily overlook great opportunities provided by the GSA – the only self-funding government agency in the U.S. In this article, we review pros and cons of entering the GSA Multiple Award Schedules program in 2021.

How to Use Contractor Team Arrangements

What is a Contractor Team Arrangement?

GSA allows several GSA contractors to team together in order to develop a total solution. Such an opportunity is called Contractor Team Arrangement or CTA. This allows contractors that solely cannot meet the customer requirements to team with other vendors to fulfill the terms and conditions of a contract. Contractors can combine their products or services and hereby satisfy the RFQs and reduce individual risks for themselves.

How does GSA Function During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

The global COVID-19 pandemic has redefined the way people live, work, attend classes, and communicate. In a very short period of time such previously adopted measures as social distancing and mask regimes have become customary and, in a sense, have reshaped the very essence of our everyday lives. It is hard to tell whether the ongoing Coronavirus crisis will end soon, but it is certain that the government now needs the best solutions more than ever to effectively set off against the pandemic and retain our social, economical, industrial, and commercial capabilities. The GSA typically relies on GSA Schedule contractors in times of crises, delivering ways to boost efficiency of procurement processes, when such force majeure circumstances as COVID-19 occur.