Did you know that state and local governments can utilize the GSA Schedule under certain circumstances? Here’s a quick guide to things you may want to know about the GSA Schedule.
What is the GSA Schedule?
The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Schedule is a long-term governmentwide contract with companies that provide commercial products and services at reduced prices to the U.S. government. The GSA Schedule includes access to more than 11 million commercial supplies and services and makes the purchasing process easier and more efficient for government agencies.
Who Can Use the GSA Schedule?
Usually, the GSA Schedule, also known as the Federal Supply Schedule and Multiple Award Schedule (MAS), can only be used by federal government agencies. However, state, local, tribal, and territorial governments can utilize the GSA Schedule when a federal Public Health Emergency (PHE) is declared. Under the GSA PHE program, these non-federal entities can make purchases through Schedules when spending federal grant funds in direct response to a PHE such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
What are the Benefits?
The GSA Schedule streamlines the government purchasing process and comes with many advantages, including:
- Faster acquisition speed: this is especially important during Public Health Emergencies
- Pre-negotiated prices: help government agencies achieve the best value
- Pre-qualified vendors: Commercial companies have to go through a formal proposal process to receive a GSA Schedule Contract award. This ensures that products and services on the Schedule are of good quality and come from reputable providers.
- Access to new technologies and innovative solutions
How to Purchase Using the GSA Schedule
During the extent of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, state and local government entities can self-determine eligibility. A written confirmation of this eligibility must be submitted to GSA.
Before placing an order, it is important to determine whether there is any required language you may need to use when purchasing through the GSA PHE program.
How to Purchase All Traffic Solutions Products
All Traffic Solutions strives to make the purchasing process easier and more affordable for our customers by securing contracts like GSA Schedule. Our GSA contract number is GS-07F-6092R. Visit our purchase options web page to view all of the state contracts and purchasing websites on which All Traffic Solutions is an approved vendor. For more information on using the GSA Schedule to purchase ATS products, contact your Territory Manager.