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)
A potential contractor negotiates terms and conditions such as pricing, discounts, licensing, delivery, and types of products or services being offered with GSA. Since all the significant terms are pre-negotiated with the vendor, it makes it very easy for the government to order goods or services from that company. How much easier? Orders placed under Schedule contracts are issued on average in 15 days, compared to 268 days for other types of federal contracts.
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
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.
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