Every fiscal year, civilian, defense and intelligence agencies obligate billions of dollars placing orders against the GSA Federal Supply 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.
The following infographics provide a snapshot of some of those similarities and differences.
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 alignment, 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.
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