GSA Consulting Services

Centre Law & Consulting has over 30 years of federal contracting experience and provides a wide range of professional services with a primary focus on GSA/VA Schedules Consulting Services. Our consultants have assisted both Fortune 500 companies and small businesses obtain GSA Schedule contracts, complete GSA modifications and successfully market their GSA services. We also assist our clients with renewals, assessments and audits, GSA SCA compliance, federal market analysis, and provide proposal support.

GSA Consulting Expert Services

  • Navigate the complicated rules on conflicts of interest
  • Understand the restrictions and exceptions on gratuities
  • Identify compliance responsibilities and standards of conduct
  • Create and implement an effective compliance program
  • Prepare, Submit, and Negotiate Contract Modifications
  • Review Changes in Commercial Sales Practices or Contract Terms and Conditions
  • Create, Upload, and Maintain GSA Advantage Price Lists
  • Advise on Trade Agreements Act (TAA) Compliance and Letter of Supply Requirements
  • Assist with GSA Industrial Operations Analyst (IOA) Assessments
  • Review and Advise on Solicitation Refreshes and Mass Modifications
  • Process GSA Option Renewals
  • Prepare Small Business Subcontracting Plans
  • Advise and Assist on Reporting Requirements – Industrial Funding Fee (IFF), Transactional Data Reporting (TDR), and Small Business Subcontracting Plan Reports

Renewal of your GSA Schedule is not automatic. Renewals present risks and opportunities.

Be prepared:

  • To navigate the latest Option Renewal process – OPEN (Option Process to Ensure integrity)
  • For scrutiny of your compliance procedures, including SCA compliance
  • For review of your Small Business Subcontracting Plan
  • To prove that your pricing is still fair and reasonable
  • For a high-stakes audit

GSA Schedule contracts have traditionally been subject to less government oversight than traditional government contracts, but this is changing. In the wake of recent Schedule contracting abuses, GSA has indicated that it will do more pre- and post-contract audits and compliance reviews. GSA contractors must anticipate that they will be subject to one or more audits or compliance reviews under their GSA contracts. Our GSA consultants are advisers and attorneys with years of experience helping clients achieve audit success.

  • Navigate the complicated rules on conflicts of interest
  • Understand the restrictions and exceptions on gratuities
  • Identify compliance responsibilities and standards of conduct
  • Create and implement an effective compliance program

Our GSA Expert Consultants

GSA Consultant

JW Butler

JW Butler is GSA/VA Contract Consultant at Centre Law & Consulting. JW supports the consulting team in preparing various contract modifications, market analysis for products/services, and GSA Advantage catalog updates for Schedule contracts. JW also assists in the preparation of both new Schedule and successful legacy proposals, as well as uses the Schedule Input Program (SIP) to upload catalogs to GSA eLibrary and GSA Advantage.

GSA Consultant

Kennedy O'Shea

Kennedy is a consultant with Centre Law and Consulting who works with clients to prepare new offers and modifications for submission to GSA. Kennedy has previous experience working in contracts on the government side, making her uniquely capable of fulfilling the contracting needs of clients.

Contact Centre

Our consultants and experts have over 30 years of experience in GSA and are ready to assist you today.

GSA FAQs

What are GSA & VA Schedules?

GSA & VA Schedules are pre-negotiated contracts with the General Services Administration or Department of Veterans Affairs (GSA/VA). They are indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts that are available for use by federal agencies worldwide. GSA Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) contracts, are also referred to as:

  • GSA Schedule
  • GSA Contract
  • GSA Schedule Contract
  • GSA Schedules Program
  • GSA Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) Program
  • Federal Supply Schedule contracts
  • Federal Supply Schedule (FSS)
  • Federal Acquisition Service (FAS)

The VA National Acquisition Center (NAC) Federal Supply Schedule Service is responsible for establishing, soliciting, awarding, and administering the VA’s Federal Supply Schedule Program, which currently consists of 8 active schedules. Annual sales against these contracts exceed $2 billion. These schedules encompass such products as pharmaceuticals; medical equipment and supplies; dental supplies; x-ray equipment and supplies (including medical and dental x-ray film); patient mobility devices (including wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, etc.); antiseptic skin cleansers, detergents and soaps; in vitro diagnostics, reagents, test kits and sets; and clinical analyzers, laboratory cost-per-test. There are a total of over 1,200 contracts in place for the various commodity groups. All Federal Supply Schedule contracts are multiple award, indefinite delivery-indefinite quantity type, and are national in scope. These contracts are available for use by all Government agencies including but not limited to: VA medical centers, Department of Defense, Bureau of Prisons, Indian Health Services, Public Health Services, some State Veterans Homes, etc. Delegated to VA by the General Services Administration over 30 years ago, VA’s current schedules are:

  • 621 I Professional Medical Healthcare Services
  • 65 I B Pharmaceuticals and Drugs
  • 65 II A Medical Equipment and Supplies
  • 65 II C Dental Equipment and Supplies
  • 65 II F Patient Mobility Devices (including Wheelchairs, Scooters, Walkers)
  • 65 VA X-Ray Equipment Supplies (including Medical and Dental X-Ray Film)
  • 65 VII In Vitro Diagnostics, Reagents, Test Kits and Test Sets
  • 66 III Clinical Analyzers, Laboratory, Cost-Per-Test

All federal agencies, certain charitable institutions, the District of Columbia, and in some cases state and local governments. In the last fiscal year, these entities bought billions of dollars off of GSA and VA Schedules. That is money your company could be getting. See Appendix A, B, and C for a full list of specific agencies, activities, and organizations for which eligibility determinations have been made.

A better question would be, what is the government not buying off of GSA & VA Schedules? The GSA & VA Schedules program covers virtually everything from shoes to services. Some of the bigger purchases by government buyers are in the IT systems and software areas, but management consultants and other professional services are in the billions of dollars of sales. It is highly unlikely that your company sells something that the federal government does not buy. For example, temporary services, furniture, security services, office equipment, management consulting, energy audit services, and much more. No matter what size your company is, or what you are selling, the federal market offers tremendous opportunities to grow your business.

Your company needs to be registered in the System for Acquisition Management (SAM).  If you are providing services, many schedules require that your company be in business for at least two years. If you are not already in the federal market, you should have a plan for entry. We can help you with that through competitive analysis, strategic positioning, and marketing messages.

We see consultants tell companies that they have to give GSA their lowest prices. That is wrong. You don’t have to agree to give GSA your lowest price; you just have to disclose your most favored customer price. Because you will often be called upon to grant additional discounts when competing for MAS orders, it is not in your best interest to extend most favored customer pricing at the MAS contract level. Did your consultant tell you that you will probably have to give further discounts on competitive bids against other companies? Also, too many companies negotiate contracts that cause major compliance headaches and problems because they unwittingly tie their Schedule pricing to broad or undesirable “basis of award” or “tracking customer” categories. We like to say that almost anyone can eventually get a company on schedule, but the important question is whether the resulting contract is one that will be profitable and manageable for the next 20 years.  Many consultants who ignore this harsh reality are only concerned with getting a contract awarded. Centre Law and Consulting’s attorneys and consultants anticipate the problems and negotiate a contract that you can use profitably and succeed with.

First and foremost, Centre Law and Consulting will be there if you have audit questions later on. Your independent consultant may not. Indeed we are frequently called upon to fix contracts that others have originally negotiated. Second, we have more than 20 years of legal and consulting experience. We know the rules. Our people testify before Congressional panels. We speak at the conferences. We develop and teach highly acclaimed courses. No one has more expertise in GSA and VA Schedules than the Centre Law and Consulting team.  We have successfully negotiated many GSA and VA Schedules. We know the people, their organizations, and their priorities. They have a job to do on behalf of the taxpayer, and we treat them professionally and respectfully while at the same time ensuring that they do not take advantage of their position to establish undesirable contract terms and conditions. Let us give you the advice you can really rely upon every time.