GSA Schedules are a convenient, effective option for both buyers and sellers. Buyers enjoy simplified ordering procedures and reduced prices, while sellers can connect with federal buyers quickly and easily. Schedules support compliance but also allow for flexibility to meet your buying needs of:
- Negotiated contract ceiling prices
- Opportunities for discounts at the order level
- Single contracting vehicle to fulfill complex or ongoing needs and reduce overall contract awards and administration
- Less administrative time and contract documentation, since the master contract is managed by GSA
- Socioeconomic credit for orders awarded to small business and other socioeconomic categories
- Increased opportunities to reach federal buyers
- Increased opportunities for socioeconomic set-asides
- Opportunity for a 20-year contract, if all options are exercised
Competition in Contracting Act Compliance (CICA)
To reduce burden on buyers, GSA Schedules have been synopsized on FedBizOpps. Schedules satisfy the requirements of the Competition in Contracting Act (Pub. Law 98-369) and Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 5, Publicizing Contract Actions. Therefore competitive (fair opportunity) Schedule Orders and Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs) are not required to be synopsized in FedBizOpps.
Buyers must follow procedures outlined in FAR 8.4 to fully comply with CICA.
The only exception to FedBizOpps posting is for any sole-source Schedule Order or BPA in excess of the simplified acquisition threshold AND supported by a Limited Sources Justification (LSJ) The LSJ must be posted on FedBizOpps within 14 days AFTER award.