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7 Days of #FedFrenzy

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We’re already a week into our #FedFrenzy countdown to the end of the fiscal year 2015! This countdown is all about the actions you can take right now to help your business gain a competitive advantage during the spending frenzy that peaks in September. In case you missed any of the tweets, here’s 7 days’ worth of federal business advice. Feel free to retweet or favorite these for later reference.

1. Update your capability statement. 

2. Make sure your GSA Schedule numbers are profitable.

3. Find three people you were supposed to call last month–and call them!

4. Send an updated, dated capabilities statement even if you haven’t changed a thing.

5. Find and target the top fifty people who buy what you sell.

(And if you don’t know who they are, that would be a good point to start.)

6. Habit 7…Sharpen your saw. Take a hike!

7. Habit 7: Sharpen your saw. Think of your favorite place and go there for a while.

We’ll be sharing a new tip every day, so be sure to check #FedFrenzy for updates.

Change is in the Air

in Federal Business News, Federal Contracting, Getting (and Keeping) GSA Schedules, News by David Lowe Leave a comment

January 15th Dan Tangherlini announced that he will be leaving GSA effective February 13, 2014. Denise Turner Roth will assume the responsibility of Acting Administrator as President Obama works to fill the position permanently.

What can we learn from this change?

Exactly that, change is inevitable and we have to learn to live with it. When I saw this I remembered a comment from a former federal CIO (for the life of me I cannot remember his name)

    Ignore change and Die
    Accept change and Survive
    Embrace change and Thrive

There are many changes coming for GSA schedule holders including new FSSI initiatives, professional services combined schedules and even some schedules slated to be dissolved altogether.

Leveraging Change

Anytime there is a change in the internal structure of an organization there are new opportunities created. Think about it… If you have a relationship with Dan Tangherlini and he leaves, that is a problem for you because you will be losing a key relationship. If you didn’t have a relationship with Dan Tangherlini, now you may have a way to develop a relationship with Denise Turner Roth, who will likely stay for several years even if she is not considered for the permanent position.

Planning for Change

Your federal strategy should include developing and nurturing relationships throughout the food chain. This will inevitably establish key areas of influence as lower level folks accept promotions and move up the chain of decision-making. Think about the people who already know Denise Turner Roth… They are now in a great position and have political cover as they pursue larger federal contracts with GSA and other agencies.Join me on January 20th at 11am where I will be hosting the “Drive GSA Sales” webinar series. The topic for 2015 is Disrupting the Current Pattern of Purchasing. Register here: Drive GSA Sales 2015

Chinese-made Products and GSA

in Business Development, Federal Contracting, Getting (and Keeping) GSA Schedules by Jamey Zell Leave a comment

Trade with ChinaGo to any Walmart, Costco, Best Buy or any major retail seller and you are going to find products made in China. Low manufacturing and labor costs: it’s simply cheaper to have goods produced there and then shipped all over the world. Many companies have gone to China as the best way to maintain their profitability, or in some cases even just survive against their competitors.

I spoke with a business owner providing finished steel products and who did the transition to China a few years ago. He said he didn’t want to shutdown his U.S. factory but he had to because of labor costs to keep his company in business. He said despite the costs of loading huge heavy steel cargo onto oceangoing ships and shipping it all the way USA, it was still far cheaper than running his factory in the States and it was what he had to do.

So it’s the way of the modern world market to use China as a major supply source.

How does this affect companies who want to sell their products made in China in to the federal government through GSA’s acquisition path?

Here’s the scoop: China is not a TAA compliant country so if you make a finished product that comes from China, like a flashlight or a hand tool, and want to sell it to the government through GSA…you can’t do that. Another thing you can’t do is take a finished product made in China, ship it to USA, put it in a new package or box of some sort, and sell it to the government. GSA simply doesn’t allow that.

So what’s the work around to get past this trip wire?

There are two solutions:

1You can take a series of parts made in China that on their own are not the final product, assemble those parts here in the United States or in a TAA compliant country and then the magic happens: Substantial Transformation.

Substantial transformation is the key to be able to sell China made products to the federal government through GSA and be completely compliant. A good example of this is Dell Computers. They take a series of parts that don’t function on their own and assemble those parts in the U.S. into a finished, working computer. At that point the computer they have created is classified as a US-made end product and can be sold to the federal government through GSA with no problem.

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Dell: Manufactured in China, Made in USA

There are many other examples of substantial transformation and those companies enjoy sales through GSA while maintaining good margin and still be in compliance. To get those products on your GSA Schedule, we still have to prove the elements of substantial transformation to the Procurement Officer (PCO) at GSA.  That is usually pretty easy to do as long as substantial transformation is really happening. The companies we have had trouble with are the ones who want to take a finished product, put it in a new box, slap on instructions or warnings about use, and try to call that substantial transformation.

Many companies have slightly shifted “how” they build their products to be able to get them on their GSA Schedules. For example, still want to sell those flashlights I mentioned earlier? Have the core components made in China but shipped to the U.S. for assembly and packaging, and in doing so you can achieve a genuinely substantial transformation: from batteries, diodes and what have you into a real, working, light-emitting device. Getting a little creative and adjusting your production methods can be a good way to get your products that started in China onto your GSA Schedule and be sold in compliance with good profit margins.

2Or, you can have lower production and assembly costs and still be able to sell your products on GSA buy looking to and embracing Taiwan. In August of 2009 Taiwan became TAA compliant. That was huge news in the industry and, as opposed to China, many companies prefer to have their products made and assembled in Taiwan. Taiwan has similar costs for production and assembly labor like China–but TAA compliance means the need to prove substantial transformation doesn’t exist and Taiwan made products can be easily sold on GSA.

Taiwan becoming TAA compliant has been a huge plus in lower cost manufacturing and a great alternate path rather than use China.

Which other countries are TAA compliant?

To check out that list, head to this page and click the TAA button to see a world map of who else you can work with for lower manufacturing and assembly costs.

TAA Compliance and What it Means for Your Federal Business

in Bidding Basics, Developing Your Federal Strategy, Federal Contracting, Federal FAQs, Getting (and Keeping) GSA Schedules by isiFederal Web Admin Leave a comment

What is TAA?

TAA refers to the Trade Agreements Act of 1979, which impacts how the United States government does business with other countries–in effect, it actually implements provisions previously negotiated in the Trade Act of 1974.

What is the purpose of TAA?

Besides its most obvious purpose (implementation of the Trade Act) TAA is also intended to nurture free and open international trade, maintain a healthy balance of payments, ensure a substantial amount of US tax payers’ money goes back into the US economy thus providing the maximum benefit to US business owners, and stimulate economic development in underdeveloped countries, all while enforcing the standards that make it possible to do business with the federal government.

Which countries are TAA compliant?

Broadly, there are four types of countries on the TAA compliance list:

  • Countries with a free trade agreement with the United States (this includes Canada, Mexico, and Australia)
  • World Trade Organization Government Procurement Agreement (WTO GPA) participants, such as Japan
  • Least Developed Countries such as Afghanistan and Bangladesh
  • Countries in the Caribbean basin
On a map, here’s what it looks like:

TAA Global Map

TAA Global Map

As of 2014, there are 119 TAA compliant countries:

List of TAA Compliant Countries (2014)

TAA Compliance Country Chart (2014)

Why should I bother with TAA compliance?

A GSA schedule is the government’s preferred procurement vehicle, and being TAA compliant means you can focus on growing your business at home and abroad without worrying about losing that. It’s also a good way to ensure you still give back to country even as you explore new horizons!

Already TAA compliant? Get a GSA schedule!

GSA Contract Spending – Top 10 Tips for the Last 4 Weeks

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We are now down to the last days of fiscal year 2014 where every dollar needs to be spent by 11:59 Hawaiian time on September 30th. From here on out bids, quotes and RFPs will be quick turn – often less than 48 hours from time of release to time due. This means you better be paying attention to what is coming or you will miss it.

What can you do to win in this September buying frenzy?

Tip 1 – Be ready. Make sure your team is aware that GSA contract orders can come anytime. Forward emails to multiple accounts and have a response system so you can let everyone know who is handling what.

Tip 2 – Forward your GSA contact number to cell phones. With today’s VOIP phone systems, you can have any number ring to a bunch of phones at the same time. When the CO calls, you want someone to pick up that phone.

Tip 3 – Monitor emails. Many of the last minute deals will be competed between 3 GSA contract holders. If you have been doing your business development all year, you should be one of them but that doesn’t mean you will automatically win. You need to be watching and ready to respond.

Tip 4 – Check your junk mail. So many emails are flying around that you might miss one that is really important. Make sure you check your junk mail several times a day.

Tip 5 – Monitor GSA eBuy constantly. During the lean months, GSA eBuy might see 3 new opportunities per week. Depending on your GSA contract number, in September we are seeing as many as 3 new postings per minute.

Tip 6 – Forward your fax number to email. There are many services out there that can change your fax into an email attachment. Since a lot of opportunities will only have a 48 or even 24 hour window for response, this can mean the difference between winning and losing.

Tip 7 – Weekend Watch. 7 years ago we missed a GSA contract opportunity that was released on a Sunday at 11am and due on Monday at 11am. Don’t let this be you!

Tip 8 – Redundancy. When in doubt, add another person in your monitoring/phone chain to keep from missing opportunities.

Tip 9 – Last Night Watch. 11:29 Hawaiian time on September 30th will be the last contract executed in 2014. That is 5:59 EST. It would be a bummer to wake up at 6 AM EST and see that there was an order that needed to be signed a minute ago.

Tip 10 – Double check your response. While there is a lot of leeway in September responses (CO’s will generally give you the chance to add missing information), do your best to respond with complete submissions. Make sure standard forms are signed and the appropriate check-boxes are checked.

Good luck with your last minute GSA contract deals! Please join me for a the last webinar of FY2014 where we will review the last minute strategies for winning. Register here: “Drive GSA Webinar” we will be discussing what happens in September and what you can do about it.

List of GSA Schedules

in Federal Contracting, Federal FAQs by isiFederal Web Admin 1 Comment

What’s on the GSA menu?

As of August 2014, here’s a list of all the schedules offered by the General Services Administration.

Source

Description

BPAMAS Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs)

In order to support agencies with their strategic sourcing requirements, GSA is developing a number of MAS Blanket Purchase Agreements for selected commodities and services. These BPAs can be used by all agencies to fulfill requirements. MAS BPAs leverage the government's buying power and achieve significant cost savings through the aggregating of federal demand.
00CORPTHE CONSOLIDATED SCHEDULE

The Consolidated Schedule provides a streamlined approach to fulfilling requirements that fall within the scope of more than one schedule for acquiring a total solution. Contractors under this schedule hold a single contract that includes two or more combined services from schedules.
03FACFACILITIES MAINTENANCE AND MANAGEMENT

GSA offers a vast array of innovative, customer-focused facilities products and services. Facilities Maintenance and Management, Schedule number 03FAC, is a Multiple Award Schedule that provides federal agencies a streamlined procurement device to acquire all of the services necessary to maintain and manage a facility.
23 VAUTOMOTIVE SUPERSTORE

GSA purchases many types of new vehicles and vehicle related products for government agencies and DoD. Use AutoChoice to purchase: Alternative fuel vehicles; Ambulances; Buses; Light trucks; Light trucks - vocational; Medium and heavy trucks; Sedans; Wheelchair vans; Wreckers and carriers.

When using this schedule, you can access vendors directly to place an order for vehicles or accessories or you can contact GSA to place the order on your behalf! More information on these options is available through our CARS line at 703-605-CARS (2277). The following vehicles and accessories are available under GSA Schedule: Aerial Devices and Digger/Derricks; Construction Equipment, Road and Snow Maintenance; Fire Trucks; Low Speed Vehicles (Gas or Electric); Mobile Command Centers; Remanufactured Engines; Snow Maintenance Equipment; Tankers; Tires; Trailers; Trash Collectors and Recycling Vehicles; Truck Bodies; and Vehicle Accessories and Equipment.
36THE OFFICE, IMAGING AND DOCUMENT SOLUTION
48TRANSPORTATION, DELIVERY AND RELOCATION SOLUTIONS
51 VHARDWARE SUPERSTORE

Includes Household and Office Appliances; Commercial Coatings, Adhesives, Sealants and Lubricants; Hardware Store Catalog and Store Front; Lawn and Garden Equipment, Machinery and Implements; Rental and Leasing (as pertains to products offered under this schedule); Tools, Tool Kits, Tool Boxes; Woodworking and Metal Working Machinery; All Parts and Accessories Related to Products Offered Under This Schedule.
520FINANCIAL AND BUSINESS SOLUTIONS (FABS)

This Multiple Award Schedule provides Federal agencies with direct access to commercial experts that can thoroughly address the needs of the Federal financial community. FABS not only gives you access to a multitude of professional financial services, but also provides you with the ability to customize the services to meet your specific needs. The FABS schedule allows for choice, flexibility, ease-of-use and access to quality firms in the financial arena.
541ADVERTISING & INTEGRATED MARKETING SOLUTIONS (AIMS)
56BUILDINGS AND BUILDING MATERIALS/INDUSTRIAL SERVICES AND SUPPLIES

This Schedule provides a full range of commercial products and services covering such areas as buildings and building materials/industrial services and supplies. In addition, this program offers energy saving building supplies, alternative energy solutions, and related services.
58 IPROFESSIONAL AUDIO/VIDEO TELEMETRY/TRACKING, RECORDING/REPRODUCING AND SIGNAL DATA SOLUTIONS
599TRAVEL SERVICES SOLUTIONS
621 IPROFESSIONAL AND ALLIED HEALTHCARE STAFFING SERVICES
621 IIMEDICAL LABORATORY TESTING AND ANALYSIS SERVICES
65 I BPHARMACEUTICALS AND DRUGS

Includes Antiseptic Liquid Skin Cleansing Detergents and Soaps, Dispensers and Accessories.
65 II AMEDICAL EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES
65 II CDENTAL EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES
65 II FPATIENT MOBILITY DEVICES

Includes Wheelchairs, scooters, walkers.
65 V AX-RAY EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES

Includes medical and dental x-ray film.
65 VIIINVITRO DIAGNOSTICS, REAGENTS, TEST KITS AND TEST SETS
66SCIENTIFIC EQUIPMENT AND SERVICES

Test and Measurement Equipment, Unmanned Scientific Vehicles; Laboratory Instruments, Furnishings and LIMS; Geophysical and Environmental Analysis Equipment; and Mechanical, Chemical, Electrical, and Geophysical Testing Services
66 IIICLINICAL ANALYZERS, LABORATORY, COST-PER-TEST
67PHOTOGRAPHIC EQUIPMENT

Cameras, photographic printers and related supplies & services (digital and film-based)
70GENERAL PURPOSE COMMERCIAL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY EQUIPMENT, SOFTWARE, AND SERVICES

Pursuant to Section 211 of the e-Gov Act of 2002, Cooperative Purchasing provides authorized State and local government entities access to information technology items offered through GSA's Schedule 70 and the Corporate contracts for associated special item numbers. Contracts with the COOP PURC icon indicate that authorized state and local government entities may procure from that contract.
71FURNITURE
71 II KCOMPREHENSIVE FURNITURE MANAGEMENT SERVICES (CFMS)
72FURNISHING AND FLOOR COVERINGS
73FOOD SERVICE, HOSPITALITY, CLEANING EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES, CHEMICALS AND SERVICES

Offers a variety of cleaning equipment and accessories, and cleaning products for daily cleaning - products that keep facilities clean in an environmentally friendly manner. Housing Managers and Facility Managers will enjoy the full range of Hospitality Solutions under this Schedule. In addition, all food service needs from eating utensils to an entire custom designed food court kiosk concept that supports new branding initiatives are available.
736TEMPORARY ADMINISTRATIVE AND PROFESSIONAL STAFFING (TAPS)

Temporary Administrative and Professional Staffing Services
738 IILANGUAGE SERVICES

GSA's Language Services Schedule facilitates access to commercial providers of linguists who can supply an array of Language Services, including Translation Services, Interpretation Services, Sign Language and Title III work, and Training Services. For more on Language Services, click here.
738 XHUMAN RESOURCES & EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY SERVICES
75OFFICE PRODUCTS/SUPPLIES AND SERVICES AND NEW PRODUCTS/TECHNOLOGY

Includes Videotapes, Audiotapes, Tape Cartridges, Diskettes/Optical Disks, Disk Packs, Disk Cartridges, Anti-Glare Screens, Cleaning Equipment & Supplies, Ergonomic Devices, Next Day Desktop Delivery of Office Supplies, and Restroom Products such as Roll Toilet Tissue Dispensers, Toilet Tissue, Paper Towels, Toilet Seat Covers, Facial Tissues, and Soaps for Restroom Dispensers.
751LEASING OF AUTOMOBILES AND LIGHT TRUCKS
76PUBLICATION MEDIA
78SPORTS, PROMOTIONAL, OUTDOOR, RECREATION, TROPHIES AND SIGNS (SPORTS)

Sports equipment and supplies, fitness equipment, sounds of music, child's play, sports clothing and accessories, safety zone products, camping and hiking equipment, park and playground equipment, wheel and track vehicles, recreational watercraft, flags, awards, trophies, presentations, promotional products, briefcases and carrying cases, trade show displays and exhibit systems and all related products and service.
81 I BSHIPPING, PACKAGING AND PACKING SUPPLIES

Bags, Sacks, Cartons, Crates, Packaging And Packing Bulk Material
84TOTAL SOLUTIONS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT, SECURITY, FACILITIES MANAGEMENT, FIRE, RESCUE, CLOTHING, MARINE CRAFT AND EMERGENCY/DISASTER RESPONSE

The Local Preparedness Acquisition Act, signed June 26, 2008, authorizes state and local governments to purchase from GSA alarm and signal systems, facility management systems, firefighting and rescue equipment, law enforcement and security equipment, marine craft and related equipment, special purpose clothing, and related services.
871PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING SERVICES
874MISSION ORIENTED BUSINESS INTEGRATED SERVICES (MOBIS)

NOTE: Schedule 69, TRAINING AIDS & DEVICES INSTRUCTOR-LED TRAINING; COURSE DEVELOPMENT; TEST ADMINISTRATION has been incorporated in SINS 4,5,8&9
874 VLOGISTICS WORLDWIDE (LOGWORLD)
899ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES
Source: GSA eLibrary

 

 

Top Ten Websites for GSA Schedule Holders

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Things can get a little crazy if you’ve got a GSA Schedule to maintain. Here’s our list of the top 10 sites you should bookmark to keep yourself organized and on top of things. We’ll keep it brief to save you time:

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How to Get Just About ANYONE to Refer You

in Federal Contracting, Federal FAQs, Getting (and Keeping) GSA Schedules, Reaching Your Buyers by David Lowe Leave a comment

Depending on the culture of an organization, some people will never give out any names. You probably already know this and you probably already know how difficult it can make things, especially when you’re just starting out.

Manufacturing referrals is a process you can use, no matter what your business is, to get to who you really need to reach. Now, this is not universal but I would like to suggest that you can get a referral from just about everyone if you keep a couple of things in mind:

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Federal Contractor Capabilities Statements that Get Results

in Developing Your Federal Strategy, Federal Contracting, Federal FAQs, Reaching Your Buyers by Aisha H. Leave a comment


Most people don’t see how a capabilities statement–especially if written effectively and precisely–can work its magic through the federal food chain.

An important part of communicating with contracting officers or any one dealing with acquisitions in the federal government is to have information relevant to them up front. Nothing does the job better than a company’s Capabilities Statement.

Now, I’ve worked for almost half a decade contacting different agencies about vendors trying to get business from them and my first question is “Do you have our capabilities statement?” In return I’ve heard a lot of folks say “We do but it goes into our pool,” meaning they have a folder that contains all the capabilities sent to them. Although that might sound like a blow-off, most people don’t see how a capabilities statement–especially if written effectively and precisely–can work its magic through the federal food chain.

A client of ours, who’s been with us for over two years, regularly receives acknowledgments from contracting agents saying that not only do they know about them but they would love to hear more about them. Why the warm response? Because we consistently use a streamlined process of sending, updating and following up with federal contacts who have the company’s capabilities statement. But again: the emphasis is on “effective”. No amount of marketing and followups is going to help you if your material just doesn’t work.
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The Key to Effective Communication? Know Thyself–and Others

in Business, Federal Contracting, Heard It Through the Fedvine: Guest Posts, Reaching Your Buyers by isiFederal Guest 1 Comment
Two weeks ago, Inc. Magazine published an article by Dr.Geil Browning on how to boost productivity by understanding the way your mind works. We thought it was pretty interesting stuff, so we asked the folks at Emergenetics what they could tell us about communication: the art and science of sending the right message.

Mark Miller had this to say.

George Bernard Shaw, famous playwright and Nobel Prize for Literature winner, once said, “The greatest problem with communication is the assumption that it has taken place.”

How true. Communication is challenging because different people hear different things. You may think you are making yourself clear, but you run the risk of being misunderstood unless you make a conscious effort to speak in a way that appeals to the way the other person thinks.
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The CEO’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing–for Federal Business

in Books, Federal Contracting, Fedvine Freebies, Resources by isiFederal Leave a comment

"Going for Gold": Winning Business with the Federal GovernmentisiFederal CEO David Lowe‘s upcoming digital handbook “Going for Gold: Winning Business with the Government” is a brief guide to the ins and outs of federal business that condenses years’ worth of federal contracting knowledge into a short booklet–perfect to read between meetings, so you can get you up to speed on how things really work in the federal market while you plan your next business move.

The government wants companies who understand their internal processes and have experience in the way that their agency operates. So…you can’t win because you have no experience and you can’t get experience because you can’t win.
Welcome to the federal contracting world.
” –excerpt

Slated for release via the isiFederal website on March 14 2014 and written with the small- and medium-business owner in mind, the handbook begins by providing an overview of the federal procurement process. It busts commonly held myths–no, the government is not just looking for the lowest price in the market–and also doles out a dose of reality: as many as 90% of federal contractors (including 80% of GSA Schedule holders) fail because they make crucial business process mistakes that cost them heavily in the long-run.

This should be alarming news for any American, since a New York Times article revealed that 94% of large-scale federal IT projects in the past 10 years failed at the expense of taxpayers, but for a federal contractor it also means the difference between banking a million dollars–or filing for bankruptcy.

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What Healthcare Reform Means for Federal Business

in Federal Contracting, News, Policy Impact by isiFederal Leave a comment

Affordable-Care-Act_t607Pete Chesner and Jamey Zell join our CEO David Lowe to discuss ways GSA Schedule Holders can drive GSA sales, in the month of January 2014. Besides talking about GSA strategies and the impact of the Affordable Care Act on businesses in the federal space, Dave also picks up where we left off last time and reveals more about the next 6 steps to winning federal business.

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The Importance of Doing Things Badly

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Cartoonist Hugh MacLeod has a new print available on his website and it gives a powerful message, one that’s more easily echoed than accepted.

"Failure is a Prerequisite" by Hugh MacLeod

All too often in our rush for success, we forget that failure is one of the best ways to learn anything. You can’t know what can go right till you’ve experienced firsthand what can go wrong. It’s so simple, even a kid could understand it–and it seems like these days they’re the only people who do. The rest of us are so busy making sure we don’t take unnecessary risks that we end up trying to avoid making necessary mistakes.

There’s a difference between the two.

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GSA by the Numbers

in Federal Contracting, Getting (and Keeping) GSA Schedules by David Lowe 1 Comment

The 2013 GSA sales numbers were finally released in late December.  After hovering around the $38B, GSA sales have declined below the $35B mark.  The fact is, GSA sales have been declining for the past 3 years and are expected to continue declining due to several areas that affect the federal marketplace.

Certainly the federal budgeting and sequestration mess affects spending but more importantly to your federal market and GSA is the development and utilization of large IDIQ’s, BPA’s and other GWAC’s executed without GSA involvement.  While agencies have always had BPA’s (Blanket Purchase Agreements) and IDIQ’s (Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity) to facilitate repetitive purchases the real explosion goes back to NMCI, a multi-billion dollar contract for managing desktops in the Navy and Marines.

Another component to consider are GWAC’s (Government-Wide Acquisition Contract) like NASA SEWP that has grown to $2.5 Billion annually and is often utilized ahead of schedule 70 in many civilian agencies.  Other contract vehicles like NMCI (Navy Marine Corps Intranet) managing more than 363,000 computers and Army CHESS (Computer Hardware Enterprise Software and Solutions) which is mandated by the Army as first priority for all IT purchases and Seaport-e the Navy’s attempt at CHESS bite into GSA schedule 70 potential market and contribute to the decline in overall revenues.
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Why 80% of GSA Schedule Holders Fail

in Developing Your Federal Strategy, Federal Contracting, Getting (and Keeping) GSA Schedules, Reaching Your Buyers by David Lowe 1 Comment

I recently sent out an update from a Driving GSA Sales webinar session and I received a response from a gentleman that makes sense to share with everyone.  Here was my update and the ensuing response…

Hey Everyone,

Normally I don’t send out recaps for our Driving GSA Sales Series but since we maxed out the webinar yesterday, I wanted to make sure that everyone had access to the presentation and link to the video (see below). With FY2013 closing out, federal spending is red hot with opportunities really breaking loose at a record pace- but not for everyone…

Did you know that 80% of GSA schedule holders are in the process of failing right now? Yesterday we took a look at how to change that by getting in front of the right people and getting your message across with procurement briefings. Again, sorry if you were not able to log on, please make sure you are registered Driving GSA Sales 2013 and get there EARLY next month as we will be in the throws of the final spending madness. Also, if you have any topics that you would like to cover in 2014, please let me know so we can keep the series fresh…

Thanks!
-Dave

Dave,

I am curious, where do you get your information from ? Your statement, “ 80% of GSA Schedule Holders are in the process of failing” ….

That seems like an extremely high amount – how are they failing? Why are they failing?

-Patrick

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