GSA Awards Purchase Agreements to 43 Small Businesses for Low-Cost IT Equipment
GSA IT Commodity program provides opportunities for small businesses, creating a one-stop shop for government IT needs
Dec. 13, 2012
WASHINGTON -- Today, the General Services Administration (GSA) announced that through its National Information Technology Commodity Program (NITCP) the agency has awarded 43 small businesses blanket purchase agreements (BPAs) for tablets, mobile products, monitors, video teleconference equipment, laptops, desktops, notebooks, netbooks and data center equipment. The NITCP provides a one-stop shop for IT products, giving government agencies a fast and effective way to order IT commodities at deeply discounted prices.
The 43 BPAs were awarded to small businesses including women-owned, disadvantaged, veteran-owned, or service-disabled veteran-owned businesses. These BPAs are expected to drive millions of dollars to small businesses while providing federal agencies with easy and quick access to low-cost IT products.
“The primary goal of GSA’s National IT Commodity Program is to lower the prices and the cost of acquisition for the most commonly purchased IT products, saving taxpayer dollars and allowing federal, state and local agencies a fast and easy purchasing option,” said GSA Federal Acquisition Service Acting Commissioner Mary A. Davie. “The savings for government agencies, and the opportunities for small business, are substantial when you consider GSA sells an approximately $1.7 billion annually in IT products.”
These BPAs provide a centralized strategic sourcing solution to drive down prices by leveraging buying power throughout the government and making procurement of IT commodities more efficient. These contracts provide purchasers with automatic tiered volume discounts, additional customer-negotiated discounts, vendor on-the-spot or point-of-sale (PoS) discounts, and significant savings off of GSA Multiple Award Schedules (MAS).
The NITCP also implemented a streamlined process for the addition of innovative cutting edge products to its offerings, allowing vendors to add new products within 24 hours. The program was structured to provide opportunities to businesses in socioeconomic categories, giving the greatest preference of BPA awards to small business offerors.
The NITCP ensures all BPA products comply with the Trade Agreements Act (TAA) and green purchasing requirements. IT products are available through direct acquisition, requisition, credit card purchases, and reverse auction ordering platforms.
Learn more about the small businesses that make up the NITCP and the benefits of using the GSA BPAs for IT purchases at www.gsa.gov/itcommodity.