Many government agencies establish government-wide contracts, which simplify the procurement process for federal agencies by allowing them to acquire a vast array of products and services directly from commercial suppliers.
The largest government-wide contracts are established by the U.S. General Services Administration under its GSA Schedules Program (also referred to as Federal Supply Schedules and Multiple Award Schedules).
GSA Schedules provide access to more than 11 million commercial supplies (products) and services at volume discount pricing that can be ordered directly from GSA Schedule contractors or through the GSA Advantage! online shopping and ordering system.
Getting on the Schedule
Vendors interested in becoming GSA Schedule contractors should review the Getting on the GSA Schedules page, in order to understand the process involved in obtaining a GSA Schedule contract. To become a GSA Schedule contractor, a vendor must first submit an offer in response to the applicable GSA Schedule solicitation. GSA schedule vendors can submit their contract proposals, offers and modifications over the Internet via GSA's eOffer system, which simplifies the contracting process from submission of proposal to awards.
More Facts about GSA Schedules
State and local governments also use the GSA schedules for purchasing goods and services, so becoming a GSA schedule contractor increases your opportunity for contracts across all levels of government.
GSA offers training for vendors who are interested in getting on the GSA schedule. The training programs are designed to encourage and support small businesses interested in obtaining a Multiple Award Schedule contract, and are held throughout the year.
GSA Center for Acquisition Excellence
An e-learning site that provides free online training on GSA acquisition vehicles, policies and guidance.
GSA Vendor Support Center
Offers training to help vendors learn how to sell their products and services to the federal government.