The Schedules program is based on a commercial acquisition model. Through the program, GSA offers a means for buying activities to take advantage of the tremendous benefits that can be achieved only by leveraging the government’s immense buying power. The discounts this buying power affords are passed on to ordering activities. The steps GSA takes in the acquisition process to establish Schedule contracts are similar to those of any federal acquisition. A step-by-step approach is provided below to explain this process.