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Five Tips to Make the Most of the Your GSA Schedules

How to optimize the largest and most widely used acquisition vehicles in Government

General Services Administration (GSA) schedules are the largest and most widely used acquisition vehicles in Government. Experience shows many companies do not make the most of their schedules for many reasons. Therefore, this article offers five practical tips a schedule-holder can take to optimize their investment in 10 minutes per day or less. Review Requests for Quotes (RFQs) Daily to Identify Potential Bids – Quickly scan the headlines on the front page of eBUY (GSA’s web portal) to determine if an opportunity meets your bid/no bid criteria. Schedule holders will see an average of 15 new bids weekly on Schedule 70 alone and a greater number in the fourth quarter of the Government’s fiscal year. Use Requests for Information (RFI) and Sources Sought Notices (SSN) to Grow Your Pipeline – While approximately 50% of RFIs become Request for Quotes (RFQs), the odds are favorable an RFI or SSN will become … Continue reading Five Tips to Make the Most of the Your GSA Schedules

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Category management: change is coming!

General Services Administration (GSA) category management initiatives are posing real risks to the federal contracting community, yet many companies are uneducated and unprepared for imminent change. Bloomberg Government estimates that $1.2 trillion in contracts are at risk of being consolidated into new categories of Multiple Award Contracts (MACs). Led by the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP), GSA and other agencies will group products and services into 19 new categories, crossing both civilian and defense agencies. From the government perspective, category management will save time and money and help achieve best value. Why should you care and prepare? Because contracts that are set to expire in the next few years will most likely be procured under new categories. That means that your current siloed, duplicative incumbent contracts will disappear, and your company must therefore bid and win new consolidated MACs in order to survive and thrive. What can you do to prepare? Educate … Continue reading Category management: change is coming!

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GSA Alliant 2: Focus now on Product Service Codes (PSCs)

GSA Alliant 2 and Alliant 2 SB will be released on or about June 20 with a 60-day turn. GSA announced via GSA Interact that vendors should be cautious about relying on the draft since the final RFP will contain major changes. However, there is one area you can work hard right now: Product Service Codes (PSCs). Pesky PSCs encompass 40 percent of the available evaluation points. Bidders must prove that they have up to seven distinct projects across three PSC groups to gain maximum points. How do bidders prove the PSC code? The draft RFP requires that bidders submit the most recent Federal Procurement Data System-Next Generation (FPDS-NG) report identifying the PSC code. Your first step is to search on FPDS-NG for the relevant experience projects you plan to use in your proposal. What should you do if the PSC code you want to claim is not reflected in the FPDS-NG report or … Continue reading GSA Alliant 2: Focus now on Product Service Codes (PSCs)

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