One of the most common questions I receive in the field is “Should I use GSA or not”? Let’s take a look at this complex question.
First, we need to understand what General Services Administration (GSA) is and why it exists.
From their website: “The mission of GSA (General Services Administration) is to deliver the best value in real estate, acquisition, and technology services to government and the American people.” OK, but what does that really mean?
Let’s boil it down to this:
State and local agencies can take advantage of GSA’s purchasing power through the Cooperative Purchasing Program.
What does the Cooperative Purchasing Program do for local law enforcement agencies? It enhances the possibility of reducing the Total Cost of Ownership when it comes to your fleet.
Using the GSA Cooperative Purchasing Program
Part of your fleet’s Total Cost of Ownership is the cost of acquiring the vehicle and equipment in the form of “soft dollar” bidding costs which includes:
- Labor hours writing or updating specifications.
- Labor hours writing or updating the bid documents.
- Legal cost reviewing bid documents.
- Costs advertising the bid.
- Labor hours in pre-bid meetings.
- Labor hours preparing the award contract.
- Legal costs defending award challenges.
By using a GSA contractor, such as SoundOff Signal®, you can eliminate or reduce many of the costs listed above with the added benefit of getting exactly what your agency needs.
Many agencies have used the SoundOff Signal® GSA program including DC Metro – one of the largest police agencies in the country.
In short the federal GSA program is an effective way to reduce the Total Cost of Ownership.
Do you GSA?