A GSA Schedule BPA is an agreement entered into by a customer with a GSA Schedule contractor to meet repetitive needs for supplies or services (FAR 8.405-3). It simplifies the process to meet recurring needs while using a customer`s purchasing power by using volume discounts, saving administrative time and reducing paperwork. The time it takes to get a GSA schedule contract is divided into two parts: 1) preparing your proposal and 2) reviewing your proposal by the GSA and negotiating your market. If you choose to prepare a proposal yourself, it can take from a few months to more than a year. Once your proposal is submitted to the GSA, the verification time varies depending on the GSA calendar category you follow. Verification times range from approximately three to four months for the IT Large category to more than one year for the furniture and security categories. GSA uses a large number of contracted vehicles to effectively manage procurement, both for its own operations and for its government customers. The GSA Schedules Program can be confusing, as it refers to different types. Being on the GSA list, being GSA certified, or obtaining a GSA number are all terms used to obtain a GSA calendar contract. Knowing that this is a government contract and not just a certification, number, or listing can be helpful in understanding the process. Companies wishing to obtain a GSA calendar contract must submit a proposal for consideration by the GSA. For more information about the GSA calendar process, see the GSA calendar. While this can sometimes lead to a lengthy erd/her process, it allows agencies to purchase from contractors with the certainty that the work done is satisfactory and meets all requirements.
This may prevent GSA-Schedule holders from submitting separate technical stories in each submission proposal. If there is a question regarding whether additional GSA Schedule BPA terms conflict with the GSA Schedule contract, the buyer should contact the GSA contract manager. The acquisitions of GSA Schedules are awarded as part of a total and open competition. Prices have already been deemed fair and reasonable and contracts comply with all applicable laws and regulations, shortening evaluation cycles. Purchases can be made directly from a contractor`s GSA schedule contract, resulting in tedious reactions to complex tenders and lengthy negotiations. GSA awards schedule contracts to responsible companies that offer products and services to Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) that are covered by the schedule descriptions. Together, GSA Schedules constitute a complete and categorical offer for almost all available products and services. To date, more than 11 million commercial products and services are available through GSA calendars. These rules require you to track the amount of the bill and the discount you give to each category of customers, which can sometimes lead to unwanted administrative burdens.
However, structuring pricing in this way can help set firm guidelines for sales and business development services in your business. FAR 8.405-3 favors the implementation of BPAs with several attributions. Once the BPA is defined, each order is put in competition between all BPA holders to ensure that a fair chance is offered to all. Federal Schedules, Inc. has been helping companies obtain their GSA Schedule contracts since 1986. We can help you every step of the way, from identifying the appropriate GSA chedule categories and developing pricing strategies to preparing your proposal and conducting negotiations with the GSA. . . .