When using a Schedule, the Contracting Officer benefits from all the work already done by GSA and the contractor. GSA has determined that the contractor is responsible and technically capable of performing the requirements of the contract, ensured pricing is fair and reasonable at the time of award, received business size certifications and representations and the required subcontracting plans for large businesses. Schedule users do not have to issue a complex solicitation or negotiate complex contract terms and conditions. Instead, Schedule users need only issue an order using the appropriate ordering procedures.
Schedule users have the primary responsibility for awarding and administering Schedule orders. Schedule users must follow the requirements of the contract, FAR Subpart 8.4, and good business practices while planning for a Schedule order, identifying and evaluating solutions available under GSA Schedules, issuing and documenting a Schedule order, and administering the Schedule order.