General Services Administration (GSA)
The GSA Provides assistance to small, minority and large businesses that wish to sell their goods or services to the Federal Government. It provides assistance by first pre-qualifying businesses and then posting company marketing information on their online store (GSA Advantage), where thousands of government employees purchase goods and services annually. The actual pre-qualification process is challenging but advantageous to businesses that market effectively to government.
- GSA Home
- Schedule Sales Query
- GSA Schedule Solicitations
- General Service Administration Acquisition Regulations (GSAR) (501.0-570.7)
- Standard Form 1449
- GSA Forms Library
- GSA Advantage – Look up products and services being offered by companies on GSA schedules.
- GSA Steps to Success – For contract holders wanting to learn how to market their products and services to government.
U.S. GAO-Excluded Parties List System
The Excluded Parties List website is provided as a public service by General Services Administration (GSA) for the purpose of efficiently and conveniently disseminating information on parties that are excluded from receiving Federal contracts, certain subcontracts, and certain Federal financial and nonfinancial assistance and benefits, pursuant to the provisions of 31 U.S.C. 6101, note, E.O. 12549, E.O. 12689, 48 CFR 9.404, and each agency’s codification of the Common Rule for Nonprocurement suspension and debarment.
Wide Area Work Flow allows vendors and government users to submit invoices and receiving reports (DD250s) electronically free of charge. Private industry has already seen significant dollar savings by increased cash flow and reduced operating costs. Many leaders in the Defense Industry have recognized the potential and are now using WAWF.
The DCAA provides audit and financial advisory services to Department of Defense (DoD) and other federal entities responsible for acquisition and contract administration. DCAA operates under the authority, direction, and control of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)/Chief Financial Officer.
Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)
EDI is the computer-to-computer exchange of business data in standard formats. In EDI, information is organized according to a specified format set by both parties, allowing a “hands-off” computer transaction that requires no human intervention or re-keying on either end. All information contained in an EDI transaction set is, for the most part, the same as on a conventionally printed document. Organizations have adopted EDI for the same reasons they have embraced much of today’s modern technology-enhanced efficiency and increased profits. Benefits of EDI include: reduced cycle time, better inventory management, increased productivity, reduced costs, improved accuracy, improved business relationships, enhanced customer service, increased sales, minimized paper use and storage & increased cash flow.
Industries currently using EDI include retail, insurance, education, entertainment, mortgage banking, and numerous departments of the U.S. Government. Note, however, that this list is far from complete! As more and more businesses turn to EDI, several standards committees – including the Accredited Standards Committee X12 (ASC X12) and EDIFACT – are working to include appropriate transactions in its body of standards.
Value-Added Network (VAN)
A Value-Added Network is a private network provider (sometimes called a turnkey communications line) that is hired by a company to facilitate electronic data interchange (EDI) or provide other network services. Before the arrival of the World Wide Web, some companies hired value-added networks to move data from their company to other companies. With the arrival of the World Wide Web, many companies found it more cost-efficient to move their data over the Internet instead of paying the minimum monthly fees and per-character charges found in typical VAN contracts. In response, contemporary value-added network providers now focus on offering EDI translation, encryption, secure e-mail, management reporting, and other extra services for their customers.
The Defense Commissary Agency (DeCa) is headquartered in Fort Lee, Virginia and has over 280 retail locations worldwide. These locations sell a variety of groceries, services and electronics. On average compared to commercial pricing military personal save 30% by shopping at commissaries.
APTAC is the professional organization of and for the DLA-funded Procurement Technical Assistance Programs. APTAC supports the PTACs by providing them important information, professional networking, comprehensive training opportunities, and a voice in national government contracting assistance and policy arenas.
The Procurement Technical Assistance Program was established to expand the number of businesses capable of participating in government contracts. The program is administered by DLA’s Office of Small Business in cooperation with states, local governments, and nonprofit organizations.
Under the program, Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs), help businesses pursue and perform under contracts with the Department of Defense, other federal agencies, state and local governments, and with government prime contractors. Most of the assistance the PTACs provide is free.
PTAC support to businesses includes registration in systems such as the System for Award Management (SAM), identification of contract opportunities, help in understanding requirements and in preparing and submitting bids. Read reviews from businesses about the support they received from the PTACS.