July/August 2024
GSA’s purchasing programs offer a variety of options to meet your requirements. From the Multiple Award Schedule to the Strategic Sourcing and Cooperative Purchasing programs, GSA is your resource for every acquisition need. Explore our latest offerings below and follow the links to learn more!

Check Out GSA’s On-Demand Training and Buying Guidance for Printing Solutions  
Our Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) can satisfy a variety of print-management product and services requirements but also meets very stringent security requirements. Whether you need to purchase copiers and multifunction devices (MFDs) or need a more-holistic, managed print-services solution, GSA can help! Download our Copier Leasing Information sheet to learn how to execute your copier or MFD lease.

You can also use the Acquisition Gateway to download:
  • Our comprehensive MFD buying guide
  • Our guide on deciding whether to purchase, rent, or lease
  • Acquisition templates and samples
  • Interactive calculators to determine monthly lease payments and termination charges
  • And much more


The De-risking Government Technology Guide 2.0 is Coming Soon!
Did you know that only 13% of the government’s large software projects are successful? Within the overall government space, access to technology isn’t the challenge – outdated practices are. In response, GSA developed the De-risking Government Technology Guide 2.0.

This publication provides guidance for federal and state agencies about how to reduce risk and wasteful spending in software-development projects. It provides straightforward recommendations for:

  • Budgeting for software-development projects
  • Procuring professional software-development services
  • Effectively supporting software-development teams
The guide is designed for anyone involved in the budgeting, contracting, or project execution of an agency mission through any government program, whether it resides in a department, agency, or bureau.


GSA’s Login.gov Expands Support to Cities and States
GSA’s Login.gov program provides authentication and identity-verification capabilities to government agencies and states. As use of the program continues to expand, federal, state, and local agencies realize benefits. This article is the first in our series of features about how the Login.gov program supports U.S. states and their residents.

In 2022, our Login.gov team – working in partnership with the Department of Labor (DOL) – sought to modernize and secure state unemployment-insurance programs. In March of that year, a pilot program was launched in Arkansas to allow unemployment-benefits claimants to easily file for crucial benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic. That success ultimately led to the implementation of successful programs in other states, including Hawaii, where many people were able to access unemployment benefits after the tragic wildfire in Maui.

 

GSA’s Commercial Platforms Program Expands
GSA’s Commercial Platforms program provides users with a familiar, modern buying experience that meets mission needs, saves time, and provides agencies visibility into their online spend.

Federal agencies now have more choices for providing their GSA SmartPay® purchase cardholders with access to routine commercial products, with a newly expanded award pool of online platforms.

The next-generation Commercial Platforms program awardees include:
  • Amazon Business
  • eProcurement Services*
  • Fisher Scientific
  • Glass Commerce*
  • Grainger
  • Noble Supply & Logistics*
  • Pacific Ink*
  • Staples
*Denotes a registered small business

Each platform offers a strong combination of commercially available best practices and features while promoting important government priorities related to mandatory sources, supply chain risk management, and emphasis on small businesses and sustainable products.

For more information on the contract awards and specifics of program participation, visit our Commercial Platforms program’s page.


GSA’s OASIS+ Fact Sheet is Now Available
OASIS+ is a governmentwide contract program designed to meet government agencies’ mission needs for a full range of service requirements that integrate multiple service disciplines and ancillary services and products.
The program consists of six separate, distinct indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contracts designated under small-business set-aside programs, including an additional IDIQ that will be awarded on an unrestricted basis.



Access the New FSSI OS4 Fact Sheet
The Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative for Office Supplies Fourth Generation (FSSI OS4) fact sheet is now available!
This handy sheet contains:
  • An introduction to the FSSI OS4 solution
  • Details of its benefits
  • Ordering information
  • Helpful resources


Use the Procurement Co-Pilot to Streamline Your Market Research
The Procurement Co-Pilot allows agencies to access reliable governmentwide procurement data from thousands of existing Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) contracts. This tool streamlines market research by allowing users to:
  • Review prices paid on products purchased by agencies
  • Find vendors across all categories and sizes that work with the government 
  • Find the best contract that fits the needs of their agency’s mission 
Federal employees can find the Procurement Co-Pilot on the Acquisition Gateway, which is the official online platform for governmentwide acquisition programs, policies, initiatives, and tools. It’s a great entry point for research and identifying opportunities.



Put Market Research As a Service to Work for Your Agency
Our MRAS program helps agencies by collecting and providing industry-partner information specific to each governmental agency’s needs.

MRAS:
  • Ensures compliance and best competitive prices
  • Saves hours of research
  • Automates a Request for Information (RFI) that notifies all GSA contract holders
You can use MRAS to: 
  • Explore product offerrings
  • Search previous research reports 
  • Discover upcoming training opportunities to aid in your next acquisition process

Deliver more value with MRAS.
Helpful Links:      buy.gsa.gov      Acquisition Gateway     Commercial Platforms
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