Doing Business with The U.S. General Services Administration:
How to Get on a GSA Schedule
Dale Terry • GSA North Carolina
When the U.S. Marine Corps at Cherry Point, NC could not find an effective and safe cleaning solutionto clean the windshields of its V-22 Osprey helicopter after months of searching, they turned to GSA for help. GSA Region 4 Customer Service Director (CSD) Dale Terry from Camp Lejeune, NC helped the Marines obtain a national stock number (NSN) for an effective cleaning wipes solution that they identified to meet their cleaning requirements for the V-22 Osprey helicopter. The association of a NSN with the cleaning wipes makes the procurement of the cleaning wipes much easier for the Marines at Cherry Point and enables consistency with their procurement practices and procedures.
GSA Schedules are fast, easy, and effective contracting vehicles for both customers and vendors. For GSA Schedules, GSA establishes long-term governmentwide contracts with commercial companies to provide access to millions of commercial products and services at volume discount pricing. Order Products, Supplies, and Services You can order products, supplies, and services from GSA Schedule contractors or through the GSA Advantage!® online shopping and ordering system.
Value for Customers Customers contract with pre-approved vendors and benefit from “most-favored customer” pricing with GSA Schedules (also referred to as Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) and Federal Supply Schedules (FSS). Customers who order from Schedules get:
Flexibility and choice;
Shorter lead time;
Control of the procurement;
Lower administrative costs; and
View our comprehensive GSA Schedules Benefits. Customers can also meet small business goals and comply with environmental and socioeconomic regulations. Learn more about utilizing GSA Schedules for small business.
Value for Vendors
Vendors can connect with a wide range of government opportunities. The Schedules program mirrors commercial buying practices, so customers can easily comply with federal procurement rules and regulations.
Special Item Numbers (SINs)
Each GSA Schedule is composed of Special Item Numbers (SINs). It’s a categorization method that groups similar products, services, and solutions together to aid in the acquisition process.
Schedules are Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts that provide for an indefinite quantity of supplies and services during a fixed period of time. They help streamline the contract process and speed service delivery.
Schedule descriptions can be found at the List of Schedules which provide links to further information at GSA eLibrary and to solicitation information at FedBizOpps.
Veterans Affairs (VA) Federal Supply Schedules are also listed at GSA eLibrary. GSA has delegated authority to the Department of Veterans Affairs to produce medical supplies under this program.