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GSA FAS Newly Appointed Commissioner

General Services Administration (GSA), Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) has a newly appointed Commissioner.  As the Technology Transformation Service (TTS) has become part of FAS Alan Thomas has been appointed as the current Commissioner of FAS replacing Tom Sharpe.  Tom Sharpe and Deputy Commissioner, Kevin Youel Page both resigned on June 24 of this year. Mr. Thomas was sworn in on June 26, 2017.  He led a technology company in establishing access to the federal market through IT schedule 70, he is a former program analyst in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics at the U.S. Department of Defense.  He is also a former Department of the Army management analyst. By reading what GSA's Acting Administrator, Tim Horne says it sounds like GSA is trying to get back to a customer based approach.  Here is what he had to say: "Alan's background in both industry and government gives him a unique and valuable perspective on GSA".  He went on to say, "Alan's addition to our leadership team demonstrates our commitment to remaining an organization that attracts the best talent in service to the nation.  I am excited to work with him as he implements his vision for continuing our work to modernize and streamline government". Has this information been helpful to you?, if so tell me all about it by leaving a comment or contacting me at Ilene Giles is a GSA schedules expert that has helped thousands of businesses increase their bottom line with [...]

By | June 29th, 2017|federal schedules, GSA ccontracts|0 Comments

GSA To Refresh All Multiple Award Contracts

The General Services Administration (GSA) is planning to refresh all of the Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) effective April 2017.  I know some of you may not be familiar with the word "refresh", but that's just GSA's way of saying that they are updating the contracts to incorporate new rules and regulations.  Typically a refresh is done twice a year to each contract, but with GSA working to make their current contracts more streamlined they have been making several changes across the board to several MAS contracts. The refresh will be made on all of the MAS contracts to include small business subcontracting improvements, internal policy changes, updates to Non-Federal Entity access to schedules, including under the Disaster Purchasing Program.  To obtain a better understanding of the changes GSA will be hosting a webinar on March 22, 2017. at 2 pm EST. To register for the webinar click here. Ilene Giles is a GSA schedules expert that has helped thousands of businesses increase their bottom line with a GSA schedule.  Get her FREE CD, “What You Need To Know Before Applying For A GSA schedule” or contact her today for a FREE consultation at   Want more news like this? Sign up for my weekly newsletter click here

By | March 27th, 2017|federal schedules, GSA ccontracts|0 Comments

One of the BIGGEST Mistakes I See…

Getting on the road to a GSA contract is hard work. One of the biggest mistakes I see with GSA contract holders is after you have put in the hard work and later throw all of that effort away.  Take a look at what I have to say about that. By the way-  Sorry about the way my eyes look I just got a new cell phone and I didn't know where to look in my camera :). “Ilene Giles is an expert with GSA federal schedules and its processes and she has helped placed contractors on the path to winning more federal business with a GSA federal schedule. Get her FREE CD “Top 3 Things You Should Know When Applying for a GSA Contract” at” Want more news like this? Sign up for my weekly newsletter click here

3 Easy Steps To Find A Contract That Fits Your Needs

You have the,  "3 Tips That You Need To Know Before Applying For A GSA Schedule", now let's talk a bit about finding a contract that fits your needs.  The GSA schedule program has a need for all types of products and services but before you move forward in applying you want to be sure that they buy what you sell, and the way to do that is by performing what I like to call, "market intelligence".  Although it sounds like this may be difficult it is not, it's simply educating yourself on what's happening in the marketplace.  In my opinion applying for the contract without conducting some form of market intelligence puts your business in the position of not being able to reap any benefits of having a GSA schedule.  GSA created a tool that helps vendors and government agencies perform their market intelligence in three easy steps.  This tool is called GSA e library.  You can go to E library by visiting  At E library GSA stores information about all of the vendors that hold GSA contracts. To find out there is a GSA contract that fits your needs follow the steps below to start your research: Enter a keyword in the search engine that best describes your commodity.  This will bring up a list of schedules and its Special Item Numbers (SIN’s) relating to that category.Read the description of the schedule so that you will be able to make a definite decision on which one suits your business best.Click on the [...]

What You Should Know About GSA Consulting Contracts

GSA currently offers government contracts to vendors that supply consulting services.  That contract is available under GSA's Mission Oriented Business Integrated Services (MOBIS) schedule, also known as schedule 874. This schedule focuses on the services the vendor can provide in regards to management and consulting services that will improve the federal agencies performance and meet any goals that are required. There are approximately nine categories that fall under this schedule which are: Special Item Number Description 874 1 Integrated Consulting Services 874 4 Training Services: Instructor Led Training, Web Based Training and Education Courses, Course Development and Test Administration Learning Management, Internships 874 5 Ancillary Supplies and/or Services 874 61 Acquisition Management Support 874 7 Integrated Business Program Support Services 874 8 DAU and FAI Certified DAWIA and FAC Acquisition Workforce Training for GS-1102 and non-1102 Personnel 874 9 Off-the-Shelf Training Devices and Training Materials: Print, Electronic, Audio-Visual, Multi-Media, and Simulation Training Devices 874 992 New Services   This schedule is open ended which gives the vendor the opportunity to apply at any time.  To get started find out if you qualify for a GSA contract here. WANT TO USE THIS ARTICLE IN YOUR NEWSLETTER OR WEB SITE? You can, as long as you include the following with it: “Ilene Giles is an expert with GSA contracts and its processes and she has helped contractors worldwide in winning federal business with a GSA contract." Get her FREE CD “Top 3 Things You Should Know When Applying for a GSA Contract” at [...]