GSA Purchasing

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WHAT Does GSA Buy?

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The GSA provides procurement services to hundreds of federal, state, and municipal agencies across the entire U.S. The spectrum of goods and services that all these agencies need every day is extremely wide. GSA purchasing requests cover anything from furniture to IT, office goods to cleaning services. The growing annual acquisition budget already exceeds $40 billion.

Knowing what the government buys helps drive successful GSA sales. Price Reporter has the solution. Using our proprietary tool, our experts identify best selling brands and products within your schedule/product category.

To simplify the acquisition process, GSA categorizes all goods and services it orders using the system of SINs: Special Item Numbers. SINs unambiguously identify a product or a group of products. After GSA MAS Consolidation, SINs now mostly match NAICS codes, so seeing whether the government needs your product is even easier than before.

Currently, there are over 900 SINs. The SINs are split into 24 GSA Schedules. For example, IT 70 Schedule alone covers several dozens of SINs that can be found here. While the internal structure of GSA Schedules is currently subject to change, one thing remains unchanged: GSA constantly needs literally millions of various products and services If you aren’t sure, whether you are eligible to apply for a GSA Schedule, use the below form to find the best selling brands and products, in any specific SIN.

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    How GSA buys products and services

    The GSA procurement system includes a special online shopping/ordering system called GSA Advantage. There, vendors can submit their offers within the GSA schedule contracts they hold, and federal buyers can browse this online GSA catalog searching for the best offers and bids.

    GSA purchasing

    Composing a good offer with a competitive bid is not a one-day job. Preliminary investigation of the government market.

    GSA can buy your products. Price Reporter can help

    GSA buys almost everything in an expanding market. We are here to help you enter this extremely profitable world of government sales! Price Reporter will help you compose and submit documents to apply for a GSA Schedule with minimum effort and time. We can help with Past Performance Evaluation, pricing and price negotiations, TAA compliance and labor categories. Our specialists will be glad to guide you through the process of registering with GSA and winning a contract. Be that your very first or just the latest government contract, you’ll experience smooth and effortless acceptance of your offers with minimum hassles all the way to GSA Schedule Award.

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      Frequently Asked Questions
      Who can purchase through GSA?

      Multiple Government and Non Government entities able to purchase through the GSA Schedules Program

      • All Federal Government Agencies
      • Department of State
      • Department of Defence
      • State and Local Governments
      How GSA operates?

      As the federal government’s purchasing agent, GSA connects federal purchasers with the most cost-effective and high-quality commercial products and services. GSA purchases the products and services from thousands of commercial vendors that hold a contract with GSA. As the centralized procurement arm for the federal government, GSA offers products, services, and facilities needed by federal agencies for serving the public. In turn, GSA offers businesses the opportunity to sell billions of dollars worth of products and services to those agencies.

      What GSA buys?

      GSA buys a wide range of products and services to fulfill Federal Government’s needs. GSA purchasing requests cover everything from furniture to IT, from office goods to cleaning services. The most demanding are IT products and services that are known as Schedule 70. Also in the huge demand are Office Supply (Schedule 75), Industrial Supply (Schedule 51V) and Security / Law Enforcement Products (Schedule 84)

      How is the GSA funded?

      GSA programs are funded through revolving funds, annual appropriations and permanent budget authority. This appendix describes the GSA funding sources by type of funding. Federal Buildings Fund. The Federal Buildings Fund (FBF) is an intragovernmental revolving fund that finances real property management and related activities for the GSA Public Buildings Service, a component of GSA. Principal activities include the operation, maintenance, and repair of GSA-owned and leased buildings, and the construction of federal buildings, courthouses, and land ports of entry. The FBF is financed by income from rent charged to occupants of GSA-controlled space. The charges are required by law to be approximate commercial rates for comparable space and services. In addition, Congress may appropriate monies from general funds of the Treasury to the FBF, as it deems necessary. The FBF is subject to annual Congressional enactment of New Obligation Authority, a limitation on the use of revenue. Acquisition Services Fund. The Acquisition Services Fund (ASF) is a full cost recovery revolving fund that finances operations of the Federal Acquisition Service and funds some operations for the Technology Transformation Service. The ASF provides for the acquisition of information technology solutions, telecommunications, motor vehicles, supplies, and a wide range of goods and services for federal agencies. This Fund recovers all costs through fees charged to federal agencies for services rendered and commodities provided.

      What does GSA stand for?

      The General Services Administration (GSA) is an independent agency of the United States government established in 1949 to help manage and support the basic functioning of federal agencies.

      GSA supplies products and communications for U.S. government offices, provides transportation and office space to federal employees, and develops government-wide cost-minimizing policies and other management tasks.

      GSA employs about 12,000 federal workers and has an annual operating budget of roughly $20.9 billion. GSA oversees $66 billion of procurement annually. It contributes to the management of about $500 billion in U.S. federal property, divided chiefly among 8,700 owned and leased buildings and a 215,000 vehicle motor pool. Among the real estate assets managed by GSA are the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. – the largest U.S. federal building after the Pentagon – and the Hart-Dole-Inouye Federal Center (which had previously been the Battle Creek Sanitarium run by John Harvey Kellogg).

      GSA’s business lines include the Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) and the Public Buildings Service (PBS), as well as several Staff Offices including the Office of Government-wide Policy, the Office of Small Business Utilization, and the Office of Mission Assurance. As part of FAS, GSA’s Technology Transformation Services (TTS) helps federal agencies improve delivery of information and services to the public.Key initiatives include the Presidential Innovation Fellows program, 18F (includes and, FedRAMP, the USAGov platform (,,, and, the U.S. Web Design System, and I.T. Modernization Centers of Excellence.

      Is GSA considered commercial?

      As GSA considers sales to prime contractors to be commercial sales, all discounts offered to them must be included in their commercial sales practices (CSP) disclosures. … Not only are prime contractors considered to be commercial customers, but GSA also regards state and local governments as commercial customers. GSA awards Schedule Contracts to responsible companies that offer Commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products and services falling within the descriptions of the Schedules. Combined, the GSA Schedules are a comprehensive, categorical offering of almost every product and service available. To date, there are over 11 million commercial products and services available through GSA Schedules.

      There are however a few products and services that are restricted from the Schedules Program. Currently firearms and ammunition, construction and architectural services as well as alcohol for consumption are not allowed on the GSA Schedule program. While it is unlikely that firearms and ammunition will ever be permitted on a GSA Schedule, there has been recent talk of adding construction services to the program. In the meantime, there are some aspects of construction and architectural services that may fall under the scope of Schedule 871, Professional Engineering Services.