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[Infographic] Simplified Acquisitions vs. GSA Schedules: Which is Better for Small Business?

GTEvery fiscal year, civilian, defense and intelligence agencies obligate billions of dollars placing orders against the GSA Federal Featured Image -- 4853Supply Schedule and making purchases on standalone contracts and established contract vehicles using the Simplified Acquisition Procedures at FAR Part 13. There are many similarities and differences between these two acquisition methods and it’s important for vendors, especially small businesses, to understand how those attributes work for and against them.

Take for instance the fact that GSA Schedules account for upwards of $30 billion in agency obligations each fiscal year and is widely used. Simplified Acquisitions, on the other hand, don’t currently have comparable visibility and broad use like the GSA Schedules, but agencies can purchase a broader range of goods and services this way, and it has an inherently lower cost of entry and overall lower cost of doing business when compared to the Federal Supply Schedule.

Additionally, recent rule changes and proposed changes have and continue to contribute to the field of play becoming more level when it comes to these procurement types.

The following infographics provide a snapshot of some of those similarities and differences.

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To learn more about the Federal Supply Schedule and how it can be a good fit for your organization based on your offering and customer 27080785_ml keep it simplealignment, reach out to me and I’ll provide you a no-frills connection to one of my friends and colleagues whom I trust and respect without reservation to lead you down the right path.

To learn more about how Simplified Acquisitions can be a viable opportunity for your company to bolster your government contracting pipeline and relationships, tune in for one of my webinars on the topic, or contact me for information about our public workshops and private training.

Keep your eyes and options open to maximizing opportunities for business growth in government contracting.


Guy Timberlake, The Chief Visionary

“The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.”

About Editor-in-Chief Visionary

Go-To-Guy Timberlake is the Editor-in-Chief Visionary of GovConChannel and oversees the creation and curation of relevant and timely 'News And Information That Matters To Small Government Contractors.'


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