The GSA Application Process: How Long Will It Take?
GSA Schedule | 1 Min Read
If you are reading this, you have probably heard about GSA contracts. Maybe you have read about its numerous advantages and how, for commercially successful companies, getting on a GSA schedule substantially streamlines the federal contracting process. As with many important matters, the next question that likely arises is, "so how long will it take?"
Unfortunately, there isn't an exact time frame that can be given. Getting on a GSA schedule is a complex process that requires documenting, pulling, and preparing large amounts of information in a precise way. This includes prerequisite registrations (such as with the System for Award Management), company information, past performance reports, ratings, customer reviews, and more. If attempting this process on your own, it is wise to budget about a year.
It also depends on what type of schedule you are seeking to get on. Some schedules, such as Schedule 56 (Building Materials) are product-based and require much more effort. These could take a year from submission of materials to the GSA to the actual award. On the other hand, Schedule 70, the IT schedule, has an expedited time, sometimes taking only three months from submission to award.
Broadly speaking, if you are familiar with GSA rules, regulations, and expectations, getting on a GSA schedule could take around 6-9 months. If you are not, this could easily prove to be a multiple-year project or one that lasts indefinitely with no end in sight. This would put a strain on your energy, time, and resources.
If you are new to GSA contracting or simply want the best support for your contract, it is strongly suggested you partner with a consultant to ensure the fastest and most efficient timeframe for winning your GSA contract. Not only will you work with a subject matter expert who knows all that is expected from the GSA, you will also eliminate the guess-work and stress from an already consuming process. While this is of course a monetary investment, you will see the return in a timely contract award and piece of mind by being supported by someone who has experience, expertise, and a proven-track record of winning GSA contracts for clients.
Contact Winvale today for a free estimate on your timeframe and to take the first step in beginning your GSA endeavor.