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GSA Schedule- 8(a) Certification

A GSA Schedule and 8(a) Certification is becoming the one-two punch of Federal Contracting. Of the 20,899 firms currently on active GSA Schedules 3,621 of these schedules are held by 8(a) Certified Firms. There are only approximately 7,400 8(a) firms in total and construction firms in most cases are not eligible for GSA Schedule. Therefore 8(a) firms account for 17% of all Schedule Holders and almost half of all 8(a) firms have GSA Schedules. This is a surprisingly high number when you consider that 8(a) sales account for approximately 7-8% of federal procurement or $30.8 billion. There are several advantages that a GSA Schedule provides for an 8(a) firm:

1. GSA Advantage Listing which is part of a GSA Schedule (the federal governments Amazon or Yellow Pages) provides exposure to federal buyers where they can go and seek out firms that provide your products or services that have an 8(a) Certification.
2. GSA Schedule demonstrates to the Federal Buyers that the 8(a) firms pricing has been properly analyzed is reasonable and in line with Federal Expectations.
3. The GSA Schedule provides a contracting vehicle which in some cases can be a simpler solution to even sole sourcing the product or service.
4. D&B Open Ratings as part of a GSA Schedule provide information about the quality of the work being performed by the 8(a) firm to their past customer.
5. A GSA Schedule demonstrates to the Federal buyer that the firm is committed to doing business with the Federal Government.

Below are the list of Top GSA Schedules, Dollar Sales on that Schedule and the number/percentage of 8(a) Firms that are on that particular schedule:

Schedule #

Schedule Description

Schedule Sales

Total # of Firms

8(a) Firms on Schedule

Parentage 8(a) Firms

CORP

The Consolidated Schedule

$808,532,883

359

166

46%

23 V

Automotive Superstore

$217,516,248

284

3

1%

36

Office Imaging and Document Solution

$723,454,615

514

73

14%

03FAC

Facilities Maintenance and Management

$481,365,929

481

274

57%

48

Transportation Delivery and Relocation Solutions

$578,363,526

194

21

11%

51 V

Hardware Super Store

$602,519,036

639

19

3%

58 I

Professional Audio/Video Telemetry Tracking, Recording, etc.

$151,789,589

348

32

9%

66

Scientific Equipment and Services

$656,707,103

773

41

5%

67

Photocopy Equipment and Related Supplies

$34,003,380

113

3

3%

70

Information Technology Equipment, Software Services

$14,434,856,538

7,098

1,042

15%

71

Furniture

$1,036,485,420

746

160

21%

71 II K

Comprehensive Furniture Management Services

$25,477,355

198

36

18%

72

Furniture and Floor Coverings

$46,078,376

158

3

2%

73

Food Service, Hospitality, Cleaning

$214,371,718

862

120

14%

81 I B

Packing and Packaging Supplies and Services

$101,169,287

208

12

6%

84

Total Solutions for Law Enforcement, Security, Facilities Maintenance, Fire, Rescue

$2,011,629,701

1973

152

8%

520

Financial and Business Solutions (FABS)

$1,914,127,170

486

334

69%

599

Travel Services Solutions

$315,130,098

49

6

12%

736

Temporary Administrative and Professional Staffing Services

$107,648,679

358

223

62%

738 II

Language Services

$127,693,010

139

28

20%

871

Professional Engineering Services

$2,801,631,367

874=6

242

28%

874

Mission Oriented Business Integration Services (MOBIS)

$4,445,445,865

2719

420

15%

874 V

Logistics Worldwide (Logworld)

$669,104,160

289

66

23%

899

Environmental Services

$408,377,843

1035

145

14%

 

Total

$32,913,478,896

20,899

3,621

17%