Training

We offer a variety of training to help you learn how to use our contracts and buy professional services more efficiently and effectively. Training options include Web-based, self-teaching tools, podcasts, and on-site instructor led.

The Professional Services Category hosts monthly virtual office hours to address federal customer agency questions about professional services acquisitions. Office Hours are open forum question and answer webinar sessions connecting contracting officers at federal customer agencies with GSA professional services contracting subject matter experts. Register today to get answers to your questions and find the right contract solution for your complex professional services acquisition needs. You can sign up for all upcoming sessions using this registration link.

Training Date and Subject Training Description
February 11, 2021- Market Research as a Service (MRAS)

GSA's Professional Services Category monthly Office Hours are designed to address federal customer agency questions about professional services acquisition. Plus, you’ll earn 1 CLP! Join us this month’s session and learn more about how to find service providers or suppliers for your next requirement. Let GSA’s Market Research As a Service (MRAS) team assist your agency in finding GSA Contract holders capable of meeting your procurement needs. The training will provide you with a better understanding of how to leverage GSA’s MRAS program for more effective market research. By leveraging prior research and analytics and the in-depth knowledge of our market research specialists, GSA’s MRAS team will help you identify suppliers, summarize their capabilities and socio-economics, and provide a comprehensive market plan, all at no cost! Registration link.

March 11, 2021- Hints From Our Experts on Scope Reviews GSA's Professional Services and Human Capital Categories (PSHC) offers optional scope reviews that analyze the scope and Pool/NAICS assignment of your proposed requirement. Our knowledgeable project managers and contracting staff are well-versed and ready to help you define your requirements and develop best-in-class statements of work and performance work statements. Join us this month to learn more about how GSA can help you find the right solution for your complex professional services requirement. Registration link.
April 8, 2021- Selecting the Right Labor Categories on Schedule

GSA's Professional Services Category monthly Office Hours are designed to address federal customer agency questions about professional services acquisition. Plus you’ll earn 1 CLP!

This Month's Topic: Selecting the Right Labor Categories on Schedules

This month learn how GSA professional services labor categories are established at the MAS contract level and how to evaluate them for task orders. During the session you will:

  • Learn how to ensure that you RFQ establishes clear expectations for the services that need to be performed and that the contractors proposed labor category descriptions match up to what they have awarded under their PSS schedule
  • Learn what the purpose of Minimum education/Experience is and how to ensure that the proposed labor categories meet those expectations
  • Learn about the GSA pricing methodology and what that means to a customer agency

Why is this topic important? GSA has negotiated prices and established labor categories with clear minimum education and experience requirements, it is a requirement that agencies only award services and labor categories that are already awarded under the schedule, if this isn't done, the services provided could be considered "open market."

Registration link.

The governmentwide Professional Services Category hosts occasional Spotlight webinars. These webinars are designed to share sound acquisition practices, from requirements development and market research to service delivery and contract close-out, and improve acquisition through inter-agency collaboration. The webinars and shared resources support the governmentwide category management initiatives to make smarter and more efficient buying decisions. All webinars are open to the federal acquisition workforce and offer Certified Learning Points. In addition, webinars are recorded and posted on the Acquisition Gateway. You can sign up for all upcoming sessions using this registration link.

Training Date and Subject Training Description
February 9, 2021- All Small Business Mentor Protege Program The All Small Business Mentor Protégé Program (ASMPP) was created in 2016 to streamline access for small businesses to access the federal marketplace, enhance the small business’s business capabilities, and increase protégé wealth and create jobs through government contracts. The ASMPP also assists mentor firms in developing and increasing their supply chains through capable small business subcontractors. The ASMPP also assists federal contracting officers to meet the congressionally mandated set-aside goals. Registration link.
May 11, 2021- Civilian Contract Audits Timely contract closeout process has been identified as a government-wide issue. Closing contracts in a timely manner can help to limit the government’s exposure to risks by identifying and recovering improper payments to contractors and avoiding paying interest fees when the government does not pay contractors on time. Timely closeout also ensures that the government deobligates and uses unspent funds from completed contracts before the funds expire. Join this session to learn about the resources available to the contracting community to ensure proper and timely contract close out. Registration link.

Use the links below to select specific GSA contracts or general acquisition training.

Missed a training? You can find recordings of some of our Office Hours and Spotlight webinars on the Professional Services YouTube playlist.

Last Reviewed: 2021-01-11