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Haley Lawrie

Haley Lawrie is the Director of Training and Research at Winvale. She is originally from Lynchburg, VA and graduated from James Madison University with a degree in International Affairs and Spanish.

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SAM.gov Registration FAQs

By: Haley Lawrie
January 11th, 2021

The System for Award Management (SAM) is an essential website for GSA contractors. In fact, you must be registered with SAM.gov before you can officially submit your GSA Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) offer. While it’s a basic requirement to becoming a GSA contractor, we know it isn’t always an easy process to get your SAM registration up and running. So, we compiled 11 SAM.gov registration FAQs based off our clients’ inquiries to help you go through the process smoothly. 

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Updating Your GSA Schedule: Top 10 Most Forgotten Updates

By: Haley Lawrie
January 5th, 2021

Managing a GSA Schedule contract is not an easy task. There are many moving parts, which require organization, knowledge, and upkeep. Part of this upkeep is making sure your contract is updated through various compliance requirements. In this blog I have outlined the Top 10 Most Forgotten Updates that contractors miss when managing their GSA Schedule contract.

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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 | Contracts

Back to Basics: Fair and Reasonable Pricing

By: Haley Lawrie
December 1st, 2020

When establishing a GSA Schedule contract, it is important to note the federal government intends to obtain equal or better pricing than the offeror’s Most Favored Customer (MFC). The reason is GSA has determined the prices under the GSA Schedule to be "Fair and Reasonable." During GSA contract negotiations, if the proposed prices are not deemed “Fair and Reasonable,” the offer can be either denied or negotiated further to meet the standards of the GSA. So, who determines "Fair and Reasonable" pricing? Let’s discuss the highlights so that your offer can be successful during the contract review process.

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GSA Schedule | Resources and Insight

The Multiple Award Schedule Refresh #5 - What Contractors Need to Know

By: Haley Lawrie
November 2nd, 2020

[This article was last updated on November 10, 2020] Just as GSA contractors thought the updates were slowing down in frequency, the General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) issued the Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) Solicitation 47QSMD20R0001 - Refresh # 5 on November 9, 2020.

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Hiring a GSA Schedule Consultant vs. Acquiring a Schedule On Your Own

By: Haley Lawrie
October 21st, 2020

During my time at Winvale, I’ve gotten some very confused looks when I mention I work with government contracts. Friends sometimes assume that I work on top-secret contracts I can’t tell them about or that I simply push papers all day. And to be honest—neither of those are true. Our specialty is helping our clients with all things General Services Administration (GSA). Working with GSA can be like learning a new language with all of the acronyms, and working with a GSA Schedule consultant is like having an interpreter there to help you better understand what’s going on.

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What is the Industrial Funding Fee?

By: Haley Lawrie
September 28th, 2020

The General Services Administration (GSA) is the great facilitator behind a large margin of government spending. GSA is how the government gets its products and services—from pens used at the Department of State to Information Technology (IT) services at the Department of Labor, GSA makes government acquisition much easier for government agencies and saves those agencies a great deal of bureaucratic work. But how does the GSA stay afloat? Surprisingly, not by using your tax dollars.

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