Compete for Contracts

GWAC Contracts
Non Schedule-Based Contracts
Schedules Solicitation

If It's a GWAC Contract:

and you want to be in the pool of selected prime contractors, you must respond to the solicitation (typically an RFP or RFQ) before the deadline.

Once the deadline has passed, you can still seek opportunities, only now you need to approach one of the prime contractors for subcontracting work. Remember, there are usually set-asides for small businesses, especially small businesses with certified socioeconomic factors (e.g., Woman-Owned, or Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned businesses).

For more information about GWACs, visit the GWACs section of

If It's a Non-Schedules based Contract:

such as those for building design and construction, architecture/engineering acquisitions and some professional service engagements, it does not fall under a GSA Schedules Solicitation. These procurements require a response to the Request for Proposals or Request for Quote (RFP and RFQ respectively); be sure to include Form 1442 with your submission, instead of form 1449 (for Schedules Solicitations).

If It's a Schedules Solicitation:

your firm must submit an offer. Be sure to read through all documents to understand all of the requirements.Failure to submit all required documentation may result in your offer being returned. This will greatly increase the processing time.

If you have questions about the solicitation, you may contact the person listed on Standard Form 1449.

For additional information about GSA Schedules and the procurement process for Schedules Solicitations, visit the GSA Schedules microsite.

If Your Company is Subcontracting to a Prime Contractor:

(GWAC or Schedules Solicitation) requires you to approach the prime and make your case to handle subcontracting work. It is the prime’s responsibility to vet your bona fides.

Last Reviewed: 2020-08-17