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Specialized Procurement Topics

The General Services Administration (GSA) provides assistance to small, minority and large businesses that wish to sell their goods or services to the Federal Government. It provides this assistance by first pre-qualifying businesses and then posting company marketing information— products and services being offered by companies on GSA schedules—on their on-line store, GSA Advantage, where thousands of government employees purchase goods and services annually. The actual pre-qualification process is challenging but advantageous to businesses that market effectively to government.

Additional information about the GSA can be found here:

  • E-Library includes the latest GSA contract award information. The List of GSA Schedules in this library contains a list of all GSA and VA Schedules.
  • Schedule Sales Query enables you to easily access the sales, business size and NAICS information reported by Federal Supply Schedule Contractors.
  • General Service Administration Acquisition Manual (GSAM)
  • Standard Form 1449 (latest revision 3/2011) - Solicitation/Contract/Order for Commercial Items
  • GSA Forms Library
  • GSA Steps to Success includes information for contract holders wanting to learn how market their products and services to the government.
  • Excluded Parties List System information on parties that are excluded from receiving Federal contracts, certain subcontracts, and certain Federal financial and nonfinancial assistance and benefits.

For more information on the GSA, contact the New England regional office:

Deborah Tarleton
New England Region, General Services Administration
10 Causeway Street, Boston, MA 02222
(617) 565-8100

Other Resources & Topics

Wide Area Work Flow (WAWF) allows vendors and government users to submit invoices and receiving reports (DD250s) electronically free of charge. Private industry has already seen significant dollar savings by increased cash flow and reduced operating costs. Many leaders in the Defense Industry have recognized the potential and are now using WAWF. Information on WAWF training is provided on a separate website.

Labor Rates: The US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is the primary research agency for the field of labor economics and statistics. The statistical data produced by this independent agency is referenced by government and private sector businesses to labor rates by category.

Wage Determination: The Davis-Bacon Act as amended, requires that each contract over $2,000 to which the US or the District of Columbia is a party for the construction, alteration, or repair of public buildings or public works must contain a clause setting forth the minimum wages to be paid to various classes of laborers and mechanics employed under the contract. Davis-Bacon Wage Determination Reference Material is available online.

Per Diem, Travel & Transportation Allowances are set by fiscal year by the Per Diem, Travel & Transportation Allowances Committee, which provides guidelines to ensure that uniform travel and transportation regulations are issued to support United States Code, Title 37 (411 & 1001).

DOD Northeast Regional Council For Small Business Education and Advocacy covers New England and New York. Its members include State PTAPs, Federal agencies, and prime contractors. The Council is the organization responsible for planning the regional matchmaker conferences.



NH-PTAP, which serves as a Procurement Technical Assistance Center is funded in part by a cooperative agreement from the Department of Defense through a program that is administered by the Defense Logistics Agency. The content of any written materials or verbal communications of the PTAC does not necessarily reflect the official views of, or imply endorsement, by DOD or DLA. NH-PTAP is also funded by the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development and operates as a program within the Division of Economic Development.

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