Get Ready

Before submitting an offer to be a Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) contractor under MAS solicitation 47QSMD20R0001 there are a few steps you must take to get ready.

This section has three parts: training to help you better understand the MAS Schedule contract vehicle, completing required registrations, and identifying Special Item Numbers that best fit what you offer.

Train


You need to complete the "Pathways to Success" training and the "Readiness Assessment" training, which are both free, web-based courses that help you understand the GSA Schedule Program.

The people in your company who will be responsible for making decisions and signing contract actions related to your Schedule contract should take this training.

These courses will help you identify the Schedule contract that best fits your company’s product and service offerings. You’ll also learn what it takes to succeed in the Schedule Program.

Pathways To Success In Training


This course explains:

  • How GSA Schedule contracts work;
  • How to succeed as an industry partner;
  • What you need to do to be awarded and then administer a Schedule contract;
  • More details about the offer process; and
  • Other contracting opportunities for you.

You will move through chapters, completing quizzes along the way.

Visit our Vendor Education Center. GSA requires that a company officer (e.g. Pres., VP, CEO, etc.) take the Pathways to Success training.

If you have any problem with the course, email pathwaytosuccess@gsa.gov.

This training course is free.

Once you complete the course, download your transcript from the Transcript tab in the Vendor Education Center website.

Readiness Assessment Training


The "Readiness Assessment" training helps ensure you’re ready to submit an offer under the right GSA Large Category, Subcategory and SINs. It also helps you identify the right Special Item Numbers (SINs), that apply to your offerings.

To complete the Readiness Assessment, you will use online GSA data sources, identified in the Readiness Assessment, to find other companies that provide similar products and services, to see if you can compete with them.

These skills are important to develop prior to having a Schedule contract, so that you can market and promote your Schedule contract.

This training must be completed by a company officer (C-suite, President, Vice President, etc.). This training must be complete before you submit an offer.

Visit the GSA Vendor Education Center. After you log in, choose the Vendor Toolbox from the main menu. Complete the Readiness Assessment at the end of the training course. A company officer (e.g. Pres., VP, CEO, etc.), must take the Readiness Assessment.

If you have any problem with the course, email vendortoolbox@gsa.gov. The Vendor Education Center website also has an FAQ section. For more information on minimum sales, please see clause I-FSS-639.

This training course is free.

The course may be completed in the Vendor Toolbox module or by using the fillable PDF option. If you choose to use the fillable PDF, it is found under the "Course Materials" tab. If you choose to complete the assessment in the Vendor Toolbox module, you will need to complete it in under two hours from the time you sign in to the course. Please download your transcript when prompted or download it later from the "transcript tab." If you use the fillable PDF, you do not need to worry about the two-hour firewall limitation. Save this transcript document, because you will need to upload it in eOffer later.

Register


You need to register your company in several places before you submit your offer. Complete the registrations outlined below early because it will take time to get the results. You can continue working on other parts while waiting for responses.

D-U-N-S Number


We use the Data Universal Numbering System (D-U-N-S) Number, administered by Dun & Bradstreet, as the unique code to identify your business. Register for a D-U-N-S Number to participate in the GSA Schedules Program.

Contact Dun & Bradstreet or visit their Frequently Asked Questions. When completing D-U-N-S register, use your legal business name.

You should be assigned a D-U-N-S number within one business day.

This training course is free.

Save your D-U-N-S Number, you will need it later.

System For Award Management (SAM)


You must have an active registration in SAM to do business with the federal government.

First, you need a D-U-N-S number to register in System for Award Management (SAM). The name attached to the D-U-N-S number must match the name entered into ​SAM because SAM​ is the official registration system used to do business with the federal government. You’ll use the information you provide in SAM for many purposes, including:

  • Confirm your company meets eligibility requirements to do business with federal, state, local government as well as tribal and educational institutions;
  • Your company is categorized appropriately; and
  • Your company has a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN).

The Federal Service Desk provides FAQs, an online chat option, and help by phone at 1-866-606-8220 on weekdays for SAM questions.

If you already have a TIN, it can take 3 to 10 days to register in SAM. If not, you need to obtain a TIN from the Internal Revenue Service before starting your SAM registration.

SAM Registration is free. Getting help from the Federal Service Desk is free.

Past Performance


For new offerors (i.e., those without a Schedule contract currently), there are two methods to demonstrate your past performance is satisfactory to obtain a Schedule contract award. Please reference SCP-FSS-001, Instructions Applicable to All Offerors in the solicitation for the most current instructions regarding demonstrating past performance. Note: The eOffer Past Performance module is being updated to be consistent with the instructions outlined in the SCP-FSS-001 provision. A summary of each method is provided below.

Method one is to verify in eOffer that you have three or more Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System ("CPARS") reports that: (1) were completed within the last three years, (2) represent at least three distinct orders/contracts, and (3) outline work similar to the scope of products/services included in the solicitation and for which you are proposing to offer. You have the opportunity, and are expected to address, any negative feedback in any of these reports that is not already addressed in the report itself (i.e., CPARS gave you the right to address negative past performance when CPARS initially generated the report).

If you don’t have the necessary reports to satisfy method one, you can submit a list of relevant customer references and completed Past Performance Questionnaires (method two).

For method two if you don’t have any CPARS reports that meet the solicitation criteria, you’ll need to upload a list of three (3) relevant customer references and three (3) completed Past Performance Questionnaires. If you have fewer than three (3) CPARS reports that meet solicitation criteria you must supplement those reports with additional relevant customer references and completed PPQs. When submitting past performance with CPARS reports and relevant customer references and Past Performance Questionnaires, you must submit a total of three past performance references. The referenced work must be similar in scope to products/services outlined in the solicitation and have been completed within the past three (3) years under three (3) distinct orders and/or contracts. The Past Performance Questionnaires must be completed prior to offer submission.

Note: If one or more of your customer references will only provide a completed Past Performance Questionnaire directly to a MAS Procurement Contracting Officer (PCO), you can upload a letter in place of a completed questionnaire[s] which states you requested a Past Performance Questionnaire from a customer (identify customer POCs) who will only forward a completed Past Performance Questionnaire directly to the MAS PCO.

Your customer references may either complete the Past Performance Questionnaire template published on the MAS Roadmap Site or address all the evaluation areas outlined in the template in a format of their own choosing.

If you do not have 3 CPARs, please gather your customer references and Past Performance Questionnaires.

Verify in eOffer that you have sufficient CPARS and/or submit the past performance information outlined in Method Two with your offer.

Interact


In order to stay informed of upcoming events, notices, and information pertaining to the MAS program, register for the MAS Group on Interact. GSA Interact is an open, collaborative community for connecting, communicating, learning, and engaging across GSA topics. Our goal is to help increase the government's effectiveness through better communication and collaboration.

Visit the MAS Group on Interact and register to receive notification when new posts are made.

Understanding the Solicitation


To pursue a GSA Schedule contract, you must first understand the basic requirements of the Schedule by reviewing in full MAS solicitation number 47QSMD20R0001. To fully understand the Schedule requirements, you must identify which large categories, subcategories and SINs your products or services fall under. Some product or service groups require additional attachments or information used for evaluation of offers.

The solicitation is made up of several documents that include terms and conditions (provisions and clauses) that will become your GSA Schedule contract. Please read and understand the solicitation, including all large category attachments and requirements before you submit an offer.

The solicitation, including the large category attachments that are part of the solicitation, are our formal request for contractors to submit offers to obtain a Schedule contract. It provides detailed information and instructions, including:

  • Required elements of an offer;
  • Evaluation criteria used to evaluate your offer and determine whether or not to award a Schedule contract to your company; and
  • Specific terms and conditions you will need to comply with as part of your contract.

Instructions and outlined steps on this page do not replace the solicitation and in the event of a conflict, the solicitation controls.

Information Technology offerors: If your company has fewer than two years of corporate experience, your company may be eligible to submit an offer through the Startup Springboard Initiative. Email s70springboard@gsa.gov for more information.

In addition, Information Technology offerors may be eligible for the FASt Lane Program. With FASt Lane, offerors get shorter processing times from offer submission to contract award. Please view the FASt Lane website for eligibility and program information. Email fastlane@gsa.gov for more information.

Get the Schedule solicitation and all of the associated attachments on GSA's eOffer System or beta.sam.gov. For category specific templates and attachments, visit GSA’s Available Offering Page. These documents cover important elements of your offer and some may need to be completed, saved, and submitted with your offer.

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For convenience, GSA provides an Offer Document Submission Checklist [PDF - 96 KB] which will walk you through the solicitation instructions provision (SCP-FSS-001), which applies to all offerors. The offer document checklist outlines what required information is completed in eOffer versus what must be uploaded to eOffer.

If you have questions as you review the solicitation, contact the MAS HelpDesk.

Last Reviewed: 2021-07-19