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  • Geri Haworth
    It's quite common for businesses who have offices in multiple locations, or a parent company with multiple subsidiaries, to have different DUNS associated with their different offices.  It also may be the case that the a contractor has changed their DUNS for business reasons.  It is important, though, that all GSA contractors use the same DUNS at the task order level that was awarded at the contract level.
     
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    Brad deMers
    Excellent post Geri.  The greatest motivator to keep the order level DUNS consistent with the FSS Contract DUNS is payment. When an ordering activity issues an order,  most purchase order and/or financial payment systems  pull FPDS data...Read More
    Kayleen
    Excellent reminder Geri and Brad.  It's easy for COs to get wrapped up in the proposal submitted utilizing the data provided within (i.e., DUNS/Business Name), which isn't always correct, then refer to the contract for the requirements...Read More
  • Geri Haworth
    Hello Industry Partners.  GSA Federal Acquisition Service has just released the updated MAS Desk Reference Guide.  In my opinion, this is one of the best reference materials that you can direct your clients too.  It's a great tool for you too.  If you face resistance from customers who don't know how to use the Multiple Award schedules, this publication should answer all their questions. https://apps.fas.gsa.gov/cmls/search.cfm?5A5541445E425C0E041D09071C0008030306
     
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    lenjohn2.0
    This new desk reference is a great resource for government contractors. I think if they share it with government buyers, they will position themselves as a resource, not just another vendor.
    MCK
    this is a great reference for contractors as well 
    Richard Schwendiman
    The video presentations were very helpful both in terms of new information and as reminders about tools we've used in the past.  I've just downloaded all of the reference material and will make very good use of the material.  We're...Read More
  • Geri Haworth
    As part of our ongoing efforts to modernize the GSA Multiple Award Schedules program, FAS continues to explore potential efficiencies and program enhancements to individual Schedule contracts.  One idea under consideration is merging the Professional Engineering Services Schedule (PES) (871) and the Environmental Services Schedule (899).  The goals of merging these contracts would be to:
     
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  • Geri Haworth
    The Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) Management Services Center (MSC) in Auburn, WA, recently issued a survey to contractors holding Professional Engineering Schedule 871 and the Environmental Schedule 899 seeking feedback on the
     
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  • Geri Haworth
    What makes an online shopping experience pleasurable?  When you don’t have to wade through a bunch of stuff you don’t want to get the stuff that matters to you.  How is that done?  Understanding our users and their buying patterns.  GSA Advantage! doesn’t do that now, but don’t you think it should?
     
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    jamesdhughes
    Hearing many different Gov't Purchase holders, we find it very frustrating when a vendor bills the card right away, but does not ship for many weeks.  When using the Gov't purchase card we only have 30 days to order, receive and process the...Read More
    Geri Haworth
    Mr. Hughes:  If you would email more specifics about orders (item, P/N, Contractor Name, Contract #, date ordered, date rec'd, date billed) I will track down the Contacting Officer and see what we can do.  My email is geri.haworth@gsa.gov...Read More
    Geri Haworth
    Thank you for your post.  I agree with your comment.  I will make sure it gets to the Advantage team so they are aware of it.  It may be that they're aware of it but don't have the proper authority or controls to stop it.  ...Read More
    johnclimber
    Hello, the company I work for has been selling to the government for the last five years and we currently hold a GSA Schedule which we’ve had for the last three years.  We are wondering what policies there are if any with regard to sending out...Read More
    andrew.randles
    John:  There is nothing I am aware of that would prohibit you from sending emails or quarterly newsletters, but I would offer the following for your consideration.  If you are going to send a newsletter it should be to a group you know would be...Read More
  • andrew.randles
    A question was asked about how to obtain a completion certificate once the FSSI Office Supply BPA Training was complete.  The CLP Certificates are sent out regularly.
     
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    CBanks
    I logged into this website entered my user name and clicked on forget p/w an email was sent to me however, I've not been able to take the required course.  Each time I attempt to do so by clicking on the launch the webinar it gives me a message...Read More
    evangeline joy
    PASSED THE FSSI OFFICE SUPPLY BPA TRAINING, NEED CERTIFICATE
    andrew.randles
    If you completed your training more than a day or so ago, and have not yet received your certificate, you should email liz.owens@gsa.gov along with your email address, proof and date of completion (ie screen shot of last screen...Read More
    jeanette spreemann
    Dear GSA Training Support,I took subject Webinar today, 13 March 2013. I checked my e-mail and there is no certificate. According to the course at the end the message said "training certificate will be e-mailed to you". Please advise.Thank...Read More
    andrew.randles
    If you completed your training more than a day or so ago, and have not yet received your certificate, you should email liz.owens@gsa.gov along with your email address, proof and date of completion (ie screen shot of last screen...Read More
  • Geri Haworth
    Even though this article talks about RFP - the point still hold true for our schedules contractors who are responding to RFQ's.  Worth a read. http://proplibrary.com/page/articles.html/_/the-mustwin-proposal/when-yo...
     
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  • andrew.randles
    Recently, while reviewing a business plan, I came across the following bullets of Why Agencies use Multiple Award Schedules.  I thought I would share it with this community for the benefit of our GSA Schedule contractors to use when visiting with a federal agency.  It is also meant to be helpful to any federal agencies that may visit our website.  Such bullets are good conversation starters.  We suggest that if a federal agency shows more interest in the GSA Schedules Program, than you the contractor feel comfortable answering, that you contact your business manangement specialist or contra
     
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  • SpectrumT
    Seeking advice on what training or facility to visit for becoming a GSA Vendor, bidding on contracts etc.  We are a small business looking to move forward on our own, not paying someone to process it for us.  
     
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    andrew.randles
    There is nothing wrong with trying to get a GSA Schedule contract on your own.  However, before you go through all the work you should really read the  READ ME FIRST document in the Schedule Solicitation.  Just having a GSA Schedule will...Read More
    mspalding
    First step - decide what GSA Schedule is most applicable to your products / services. One way to do this is to go to the GSA eLibrary at http://www.gsaelibrary.gsa.gov. The drop-down menu under "Quick Schedule" lists all the GSA schedules (...Read More
  • jladick
    Yesterday I got a call from a very nice guy asking me some questions and trying to see if a GSA Contract would be worth pursuing for his customer. He specifically asked me how many government contracts go through the GSA, and I didn't know the exact answer, so I did some research. Comparing GSA sales numbers from the GSA Schedule Search Query (SSQ) to overall federal contract numbers from usaspending.gov, I was able to calculate the percentages of federal contracts that are GSA contracts from 2008 - 2011. I turned he results into a blogpost here:
     
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