Specialized Procurement Topics

The General Services Administration (GSA) provides assistance to small, minority and large businesses looking to sell their goods or services to the federal government. Businesses are pre-qualified; market information is posted on its online 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.

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
deborah.tarleton@gsa.gov


Other Resources & Topics

Wide Area Work Flow(WAWF) enables vendors and government users to submit invoices and receiving reports (DD250s) electronically. Information on WAWF training is here.

Labor Rates: The US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is the primary research agency for 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.

Service Contract Act: The McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act requires contractors and subcontractors performing services on prime contracts in excess of $2,500 to pay service employees in various classes no less than the wage rates and fringe benefits found prevailing in the locality, or the rates (including prospective increases) contained in a predecessor contractor's collective bargaining agreement.

Buy American Act, Trade Agreements Act and Buy America Act: Government purchases, or purchases made utilizing certain government grant funds, may be restricted to products manufactured in the U.S. (or in some cases, its treaty partners). Materials and some products may be prohibited if they originate in certain nations. These laws are very complex. We suggest that you consult with us to achieve an understanding of these rules, if they apply to your contracts.

Per Diem, Travel & Transportation Allowances are set by fiscal year by the Per Diem, Travel and Transportation Allowances Committee, which provide guidelines to ensure 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 PTACs, federal agencies and prime contractors. The council is the organization responsible for planning the regional matchmaker conferences.

For more information about the Procurement Technical Assistance Center, call 603-271-7581 or via email
 

This procurement technical assistance center is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Defense Logistics Agency. We are also funded by the NH Department of Business and Economic Affairs, and we operate as a program within the Division of Economic Development.