The GSA standard tender of service (STOS) serves as the base document for the transportation of freight-all-kinds (FAK) shipments by federal civilian agencies and other eligible organizations utilizing the services of GSA Freight Management branch.
The STOS is comprised of three parts:
GSA No. 2, Freight STOS establishes carrier approval requirements, solicitation and submission of rate offer procedures, performance requirements, service standards, and non-use procedures
GSA No. 200, Uniform Rules Tariff describes all accessorial and rule tariffs
GSA Baseline Rate Publication No. 1000-D describes all carrier and bureau line haul tariffs
Rate offers for the transportation of FAK shipments, solicited and accepted in accordance with the STOS, provides federal civilian agencies and other eligible organizations with the most economical and responsive transportation rates and services.
Freight request for offers
The request for offers (RFOs) is the process by which GSA invites TSPs to submit rates to provide transportation services for the shipment of freight. The RFO transmits the special filing instructions for the submission of rate offers.
TSPs who have been approved by the Freight Management branch and have agreed to abide by the STOS terms, conditions, and associated supplements, are eligible to file rates. RFOs are issued prior to rate filing periods.
Our STOS establishes a uniform basis for buying freight transportation through our rules and accessorial services. GSA solicitation and acceptance of rates and charges provide highly competitive pricing, which in many cases includes the solicitation and acceptance of rates specific to an agency’s facility and traffic characteristics. Read the TSP rate filing instructions [PDF - 1 MB].
Last Reviewed: 2021-10-06
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Traveler reimbursement is based on the location of the work activities and not the accommodations, unless lodging is not available at the work activity, then the agency may authorize the rate where lodging is obtained.
Unless otherwise specified, the per diem locality is defined as "all locations within, or entirely surrounded by, the corporate limits of the key city, including independent entities located within those boundaries."
Per diem localities with county definitions shall include"all locations within, or entirely surrounded by, the corporate limits of the key city as well as the boundaries of the listed counties, including independent entities located within the boundaries of the key city and the listed counties (unless otherwise listed separately)."
When a military installation or Government - related facility(whether or not specifically named) is located partially within more than one city or county boundary, the applicable per diem rate for the entire installation or facility is the higher of the rates which apply to the cities and / or counties, even though part(s) of such activities may be located outside the defined per diem locality.