There are multiple ways to partner with other contractors to maximize your chances of selling to GSA. OSDBU provides guidance on the process of forming a partnership but does not provide direct oversight.
Subcontracting allows small businesses to sell to the government by partnering with a large business prime contractor. Use GSA's Subcontracting Directory and the GSA eLibrary to find potential large business prime contractors. Small businesses must contact prime contractors directly.
The General Services Administration (GSA) obtains the names and addresses for this listing from the Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS) when a large business receives a federal contract over $750,000 ($1.5 million for construction contracts).
Please note that GSA does not have the authority to require a prime contractor to use a particular small business. However, GSA’s Small Business Technical Advisors (SBTAs) can provide assistance to small businesses on how to market their products and services to the prime contractors in this directory. Locate an SBTA.
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A joint venture is formed for the sole purpose of pooling resources of separate businesses to support the mission of a government agency successfully and cost-effectively. It is considered a new legal entity that requires approval by the Small Business Administration (SBA), a separate federal identification number, and a new SAM user account. OSDBU does not oversee any part of the joint venture process. For further details on joint ventures, refer to the SBA website.
Contractor Team Arrangement (CTA)
Under a CTA, two or more GSA Schedule contractors work together to meet the needs of an ordering activity (e.g., those agencies and organizations that can order from GSA Schedules). A CTA is an arrangement between the two companies, not the formation of a new company. For further details on CTAs, refer to the CTA page.
Last Reviewed: 2022-04-15
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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.