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Christina Kacem

Christina Kacem is a Lead Consultant at Winvale. She brings four years of GSA experience to the Winvale team that includes the acquisition and maintenance of both products and services schedules for large and small businesses. Christina is especially proficient in strategizing tactics for the atypical scenarios that all too frequent the current market. Prior to joining Winvale Christina worked as a trade funds manager for a fortune 500 company, customizing plans for retail partners in support of seasonal initiatives. In every professional position she has held Christina has always supported the training and development of new and existing team members.

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GSA Schedule

What Is GSA IT Schedule 70?

By: Christina Kacem
July 2nd, 2019

There are numerous solicitations available under the General Services Administration (GSA) Multiple-Award Schedules (MAS) Program, each representing a different industry. GSA’s IT Schedule 70 includes Information Technology products and services that have been negotiated and awarded under a GSA schedule contract. Under the GSA MAS Program, the Federal government -- and in some cases, State and Local government -- entities can meet virtually every single purchasing need by buying products and services directly from GSA-approved vendors at pre-negotiated prices. GSA contracts offer government customers direct delivery of high-quality commercial supplies and services at discount pricing.

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GSA Schedule | Resources and Insight | SINws

The New SAM.gov Is Coming

By: Christina Kacem
June 6th, 2019

The General Services Administration (GSA) manages the federal acquisition and award processes using 10 websites. In August 2017, beta.SAM.gov went live and will eventually serve as a replacement for the 10 legacy acquisition websites that GSA maintains. Christy Hermansen, the Integrated Award Environment (IAE) Design Lead, says “We will be continually adding functionality to the site over time, making improvements based on feedback we receive from users. We are not shutting down any of our 10 legacy applications yet. These will be turned off one at a time, once all of the features have been transitioned and we’ve validated that that functionality is ready to be the authoritative system.”

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Top 10 Reasons to Get on the GSA Schedule

Top 10 Reasons to Get on the GSA Schedule

Do you know what the real benefits of being on the GSA Schedule are? Learn the top 10 reasons (and advantages) why you should consider it.

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GSA Schedule | Business Development

GSA Debuts Phase 2 of E-Commerce Portal Pilot Program

By: Christina Kacem
May 8th, 2019

In 2017, U.S. Senators Mac Thornberry (R-TX) and Adam Smith (D-WA) proposed a bill known as the Saving Federal Dollars Through Better Use of Government Purchase and Travel Cards Act of 2017 that concentrated on reducing waste, fraud, and abuse of Government spending on travel and when using purchase cards. This bill passed through the House and Senate when it was incorporated into the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (or NDAA 2018). The Saving Federal Dollars Through Better Use of Government Purchase and Travel Cards Act of 2017 addressed three key issues with Government spends: (1) improper payments, (2) questionable transactions, and (3) strategic sourcing. Our focus today will be strategic sourcing.

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Business Development

Spring into the new Sales Reporting Portal

By: Christina Kacem
March 13th, 2019

In November 2018, GSA announced that it would sunset its long-standing quarterly sales reporting application, 72A, and replace it with a combined TDR/MAS sales reporting tool known as SRP, or Sales Reporting Portal. Some contractors were required to transition to the new system and report their FY Q1 sales as early as January 1, 2019 with all other contractors reporting their FY Q2 sales in SRP as of April 1, 2019. This blog will give you direction on that transition, as well as some instruction on how to report your first sales in SRP.

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TAA

Ensuring your GSA Schedule is TAA Compliant

By: Christina Kacem
February 13th, 2019

Some of our most frequently asked questions are about Trade Agreements Act (TAA) Compliance for GSA MAS contracts. TAA Compliance is fairly straightforward, but something contract holders should be regularly monitoring.

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