Why should agencies use the MAS's and pay the IFF instead of contracting directly?
The benefits a customer received are well worth the fee, particularly when compared to the cost of customer staff time required to award a new procurement:
Competition: All competition requirements have been met.
Hassle-free Volume Purchase Prices: GSA has already negotiated discounts for its customers.
Expedited Delivery: Many items can be delivered overnight or within two days.
Easy Payment Options: Federal Supply Schedule contractors accepts the GSA SmartPay Card.
Flexible Purchasing Options: Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs) save customers time and money.
No FedBizOps Synopsis required: GSA has already issued the synopsis.
Price Reductions: Customers are free to request price reductions beyond the discounted Schedule prices.
No Order Limitations: Customers can place an order for any dollar amount.
Socioeconomic Goals: Federal Supply Schedule orders count toward small business goals.
Quality Purchases: Customers have access to state-of-the-art technology and quality services and supplies.
Environmental Compliance: Orders placed under Schedules provide compliance with environmental requirements for application services and products.
Skill Pool: Federal Supply Schedules afford customers extensive teaming arrangements