IT Schedule 70 - An Introduction
Understanding Key Benefits of GSA's IT Schedule 70
The General Services Administration’s IT Schedule 70 is the government’s go-to source for IT acquisitions and is broadly recognized for its benefits of cost savings, time savings, selection, and built-in value. IT Schedule 70 is organizationally positioned under GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) and Office of Integrated Technology Services (ITS).
The efficiencies associated with purchasing information technology via the pre-existing, pre-competed GSA IT Schedule 70 save both time and money for government customers. To confirm these benefits, GSA is examining the time it takes a government entity to award its own full and open contract, using products and services readily available from GSA. After a review of over 700 contracts, findings indicate that large-value IT contracts take 25 months to complete on average. This timeframe is well over the average of IT Schedule 70 contacts. Further, in 77 percent of the 700 contracts examined, contract awards were ultimately made to vendors that already hold existing IT contracts.
Federal, state, local, and tribal government customers should consider utilizing GSA’s IT Schedule 70 to optimize the planning and procurement process and leveraging GSA’s suite of e-Tools that facilitate market research and offer automated purchasing capabilities. Cost savings are also generated via pre-negotiated ceiling prices that provide significant discounts from commercial pricing and serve as a starting point for head-to-head competition or further negotiations.
Finally, GSA IT Schedule 70 offers customers both online and in-person training, providing the assistance and support they need to complete the often complex IT purchasing process.