Government Agencies, US Military, Public Sector, Educational Institutions and Defense Contractors should be familiar with the General Services Administration, aka the GSA. The GSA primarily provides office space for government entities by constructing, managing and preserving government buildings and by leasing and managing commercial real estate. Fun Fact – the GSA is actually the largest landlord in the country.
But more important, the agency manages a suite of technology-specific contracts and provides billions of dollars worth of private sector professional services, equipment, supplies and IT to government organizations and the military. It does this through a simplified acquisition process with substantial discounts and careful attention to Federal Acquisition Requirements (FAR).
What is a GSA Contract?
The GSA is known for the Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) Program. The purpose of this MAS program is to leverage the incredible buying power of the federal government in order to negotiate streamlined contracts with commercial businesses. The GSA Contract was developed to assist end-users and acquisition professionals in procuring goods and services from a catalog of government-approved listings with pre-negotiated prices, delivery terms, warranties, and a host of other terms and conditions. In Knightscope’s case, its security robots are offered on IT Schedule 70, which has more than 7.5 million technology products and services from 4,600 pre-vetted vendors and is the most utilized source for purchasing.
Why is a GSA contract important for Knightscope, you ask?
The intense vetting process associated with obtaining a GSA contract will show any federal, state, or local buyer that Knightscope is a company in good standing and that we have the ability to deliver the products and/or services that we are proposing to sell to the government. Furthermore, prices that are awarded on a GSA contract have already been deemed to be of fair and reasonable value and in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. This reduces the evaluation cycle and seeks to eliminate the complex and lengthy RFP and negotiation process.
Knightscope has been through this process and is now cataloged on www.GSAadvantage.gov under contract number GS-35F-0800N. In addition, Knightscope has dedicated staff and certified partners who understand the acquisition process from market research, to solicitation, through bidding and prompt delivery. GSA buyers are assured of the lowest pricing with turnkey services that they can depend on.
So who is eligible to purchase from a GSA contract?
Federal and executive agencies
Government contractors authorized to buy on behalf of federal and executive agencies
Government of the District of Columbia
State and local entities – Schedules 70 (available now) and 84 (coming soon) are the only GSA Schedules open to Schools, Colleges, Universities and other Public Sector activities
Mixed ownership government corporations (AMTRAK, US Post Office)
So, what are you waiting for? Contact Knightscope today to learn more about obtaining your GSA contract and put your company on the fast track to get your share of government sanctioned security robots!