To help commercial businesses sell to the government marketplace, GSA set up the Multiple Award Schedule Program. The program issues five-year contracts to businesses to provide streamlined and reasonably-priced access to millions of vital supplies and services for federal, state and local government customers.
The benefit is not just for buyers, but for vendors too: GSA Schedule holders enjoy stable, long-term business, simplified transactions, an advantage over their competitors, and access to exclusive online GSA catalogues.
What are GSA markets?
The GSA Schedule Program is a $45 billion federal contract, nearly a quarter of which is awarded to small businesses. The first step towards earning your slice of this multi-billion dollar pie is determining whether the government needs what your company sells.
There are twelve Large Categories of product and service that can be sold through the GSA marketplace:
- Office Management
- Furniture and Furnishings
- Human Capital
- Industrial Products and Services
- Information Technology
- Professional Services
- Scientific Management and Solutions
- Security and Protection
- Transport and Logistics Services
As you can see, there really is a niche for every company.
Can anyone buy from GSA?
Anyone can browse the range of supplies and services that are sold through GSA shopping catalogues like GSA Advantage! and GSA eLibrary. One advantage of GSA catalogues for buyers is the ability to search by keyword, contractor, Schedule number and other criteria. For Schedule holders, these e-marketplaces provide a fantastic marketing and advertising opportunity, as you can list your goods alongside photos, detailed descriptions and information about your company.
Only eligible GSA Schedule customers can actually make purchases from the GSA products catalogue. The list includes:
- Establishments in the legislative or judicial branch
- Executive agencies
- Executive departments
- The Senate
- The House of Representatives
- Mixed-ownership government corporations
- State and local governments for certain Schedules
Getting GSA government contracts
If you’d like to learn more about selling to the U.S. Government, the GSA catalogue, and how to become a Schedule holder, then contact Price Reporter today.