Getting on the GSA Schedule

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The GSA Schedule is also referred to as the Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) and Multiple Award Schedule (MAS).

Prior to award of your GSA contract, you will negotiate your standard Equitable Price Adjustment (EPA). GSA maintains a standard of no more than a 10% price increase per category item yearly unless otherwise justified.

A digital certificate verifies a company’s identity and enables them to electronically sign documents in eOffer and eMod. As of March 8, 2021, contractors now use FAS ID to log into eOffer and eMod and no longer need digital certificates for the GSA Schedule program. This results in a cost savings and time savings for industry partners. For assistance with questions regarding FAS ID, contact the FAS National Customer Service Center at 1-800-488-3111 or ncsccustomer.service@gsa.gov.

For assistance contact IdentTrust customer support at 1-888-339-8904 or Support@IdenTrust.com.

GSA fully supports Executive Order 14005 to advance the policy that the U.S. government should “use terms and conditions of Federal financial assistance awards and Federal procurements to maximize the use of goods, products, and materials produced, and services offered in, the United States.” Under the Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) Program, industry partners sell their commercial goods and services directly to government agencies. GSA works with our industry partners to make sure they are compliant with basic federal regulations and policies and offer goods and services at fair and reasonable prices.

The FAS Schedule Sales Query Plus (SSQ+) Dashboard is designed to provide GSA suppliers with the data they want and need. SSQ+ depicts sales in both report and dashboard format. Find out more on Data to Decisions.

The time to obtain a GSA Schedule contract varies. The average time is 3-6 months. The GSA InformationTechnology Category (ITC) FASt Lane program shortens the processing time by half.

Contact the Contracting Officer responsible for your contract to determine the time frame to reapply. Due to COVID-19, there is currently a temporary moratorium on cancelling contracts for no or low sales.

Yes, under the Springboard Program. Contact S70Springboard@gsa.gov.

See the Roadmap for New Schedule Offerors for guidance on demonstrating past performance.

Profit and loss statements, bank reference letters, and irrevocable letters of credit are documents which can be provided to support a favorable determination of financial responsibility. More information on financial statements is available in the Roadmap for New Schedule Offerors - Assemble Your Offer.

GSA Schedule procurements go through GSA ebuy and beta.SAM.gov.

GSA requires that a company officer (e.g., Pres., VP, CEO, etc.) take the Pathways to Success training. Contact pathwaytosuccess@gsa.gov for assistance.

The MAS New Offeror Roadmap does not apply to Schedule 621 I, Professional and Allied Healthcare Staffing Services. That is a VA Schedule. Contact the VA FSS help desk at 708-7886-7737 or helpdesk.ammhinfss@va.gov.

See the memorandum Waiver of Experience and Annual Financial Statement Requirements under the Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) Solicitation for COVID-19 in the GSA Acquisition Policy Library.

See the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 19.705-2 for guidance on determining the need for a subcontracting plan.

Only prime contracting sales from your awarded GSA Schedule contract count toward the sales criteria. See Clause I-FSS-639-Contract Sales Criteria.

Certain categories of small businesses are eligible for contracting set-asides. These categories of small businesses have status in one or more of the following socioeconomic categories: 8(a) business development program, small disadvantaged business, Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) small business, Service-disabled Veteran-owned small business, Women-owned small business (WOSB), and Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned small business (EDWOSB). See the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 26 for information on other socioeconomic programs.

Visit certify.sba.gov for guidance on women-owned small business certification.

A firm can have more than socioeconomic status; however, it is not required.

Visit the SBA Minority-owned business website for information on assistance available for minority-owned small businesses.

Information on Governmentwide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs) can be found on the GSA GWAC page and the GSA Interact Small Business GWAC Community of Interest page.

View 8 Tips to Get Your Business Registered in SAM. Once you complete your SAM registration, the system will ask if you want to complete your SBA small business profile.

Use GSA eLibrary to search for GSA Schedules and GSA Schedule vendors by NAICS. See the U.S. Census Bureau's website to search NAICS.

USASpending.gov is the official open data source of federal spending information.

Consider the SBA Mentor-Protege Program and joint ventures. Do more extensive research on agencies that utilize the GSA Schedule. Expand your search of federal agencies. Market your product or service to state and local agencies.

There is a vetting process to be registered on beta.SAM.gov. There is a different vetting process for a GSA Schedule contractor.

Currently, GSA does not have a process to become an approved liaison to assist vendors in applying for a GSA Schedule.

Visit the PTAC website to learn about the assistance PTACs offer.

Beta.SAM.gov will implement a renewal process in the future.

Visit OSDBU Events and Contacts to register for upcoming training hosted by GSA OSDBU.

Visit the Federal Business Forecast website to search GSA's forecast of all anticipated contracting opportunities.

GSA OSDBU uses Twitter. Follow us at @GSAOSDBU.

Procurement Technical Assistance Centers provide free advice and assistance with marketing plans.

Please reach out to your nearest Small Business Administration (SBA) District Office for help planning, starting, or growing your business. Procurement Technical Assistance Centers can also offer support.

Last Reviewed: 2021-06-24