Agency chief acquisition officers are not playing a big role in planning for sequestration or even future budget cuts.
Presidential Debates – On Sequestration
Sequestration is set to take place a little more than two months from now. Both President Obama and Mitt Romney have gone on the record with their intent to prevent sequestration from occurring. Here’s what each of the candidates said regarding the topic on the third and last presidential debate held on October 22, 2012.
President Obama: “First of all, the sequester is not something that I've proposed. It is something that Congress has proposed. It will not happen. The budget that we are talking about is not reducing our military spending. It is maintaining it.”
Governor Romney: “Former chief of the -- Joint Chiefs of Staff said that -- Admiral Mullen said that our debt is the biggest national security threat we face. This -- we have weakened our economy. We need a strong economy. We need to have as well a strong military. Our military is second to none in the world. We're blessed with terrific soldiers, and extraordinary technology and intelligence. But the idea of a trillion dollar in cuts through sequestration and budget cuts to the military would change that. We need to have strong allies.”
“Our Navy is old -- excuse me, our Navy is smaller now than at any time since 1917. The Navy said they needed 313 ships to carry out their mission. We're now at under 285. We're headed down to the low 200s if we go through a sequestration. That's unacceptable to me.”
It remains to be seen how the result of the election, if any, will factor into the impending January 2, 2013 sequestration.
GSA Schedules are long-term government-wide contracts that establish set prices and terms for supplies and services. Because ordering from these established contracts saves government agencies administrative time and money, preference is often given to vendors on a GSA Schedule.
If you are debating on whether or not your company should invest the time and resources in having your company included on a GSA Schedule, consider the following Pros and Cons:
• A less selective competitive pool (as you will only be bidding against other companies that are already on the GSA Schedule)
• Access to Request for Proposals and Request for Quotations that are not normally published on FedBizOpps.gov
• Know who exactly who your competition is
• An excellent marketing tool for your company—Government Agencies like it that your company has already been pre-vetted by the GSA Schedule selection process!
• Inclusion into the schedule could be a time and resource consuming process
• The requirements for a GSA Schedule contract award are stringent: you need to demonstrate a history of financial stability, a strong past performance experience, and the capability to meet the service/product requirements
• The GSA requires prospective vendors to: possess up to date CCR and ORCA records, as well as complete a Readiness Assessment, a Pathway to Success certification, and comply with wage determination labor standards… what does all of this mean?
GovPartners has a 100% success rate in obtaining GSA Schedule contract awards for eligible companies. We make the process as easy as possible for our clients, providing all of the necessary services for our clients, from the cradle to the grave. This includes things such as submitting our client’s Open Ratings Reports in the beginning to negotiating acceptable discount terms with the GSA prior to a contract award.
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