Anatomy of a GSA Contract number

Explore Blackfyre's premier GSA Federal Schedule Consulting, clarifying the components of your GSA Schedule Contract number for strategic federal market management.

Anatomy of a GSA Contract number

Here at Blackfyre, a premier provider of GSA Federal Schedule Consulting, we take pride in decoding the complex terms such as the GSA Schedule Contract number for our clients. Our trusted team of GSA schedule consultants and MAS consulting experts are always at your service, ready to demystify your GSA Schedule Contract numbers, regardless if they were awarded before or after the policy shift on October 1, 2017.

Let's take a closer look at each of its components:

GSA Schedule Contracts Awarded Before 10/01/2017:

  1. Agency :Typically "GS," the first two characters, indicate that it is a GSA Schedule Contract.
  2. Regional Code : These two characters represent the regional code.
  3. Service/Office Code : This reflects the service or office that issued the contract.
  4. Contract Number : This is a unique number assigned to your contract.
  5. Fiscal Year Awarded : The endmost character(s) signify the fiscal year in which the contract was awarded, with specific letters representing each year.

Contracts awarded before October 1, 2017, are usually formatted as GSF***, spanning over 10 characters encapsulating five elements. A change in the fiscal year 2013 led to a transition in the GSA format to two characters for each fiscal year, reducing the contract number length from four to three.

GSA Schedule Contracts Awarded After 9/30/2017:

The new format aligns with the FAR's standardized format for Procurement Instrument Identifiers (PIIDs), a sweeping introduction to create a unified system specifically for identifying federal contracts. Let's breakdown the new 13-character format:

  1. Funding Agency Code : Identifies the agency providing the funds.
  2. Awarding Organization Code : The specific organization awarding the contract.
  3. Organization Office Code : The office within the organization responsible for the award.
  4. Fiscal Year Awarded : Denotes the fiscal year in which the contract was awarded.
  5. Type of Instrument : Represents the type of procurement instrument, such as BPA, Task Order, IDIQ, RFQ, or RFP.
  6. Number Unique to Your Contract Award : A unique identifier specific to your contract.

Blackfyre's Role:

Understanding your GSA Schedule Contract number isn't just about compliance—it's about having a solid grasp of your agreement's history and scope with the federal government. As GSA schedule consultants, we are committed to providing clarity and guidance on all aspects of GSA Schedules. Our dedicated team at Blackfyre is here to provide you:

  • Expert Guidance : Our team helps you understand every element of your GSA contract number and its implications for your business.
  • Contract Management : We offer services to manage, maintain, and optimize your GSA Schedule Contract.
  • Strategic Planning : Understanding your contract number is only a part of broader strategic planning including compliance, renewal, and marketplace expansion.

In conclusion, irrespective of your GSA Schedule Contract being awarded before or after the 2017 change, Blackfyre is here to help you decode and manage the complexities of your contract. Our committed team ensures that you not only understand the structure of your GSA contract number, but also leverage this understanding for effective and strategic management of your federal schedule. Contact us today to learn more about our comprehensive GSA Schedule consulting services. Guided by a former GSA Schedule Reviewer, we offer best-in-class GSA Schedule Consulting services.

Pedro has extensive background as a Contracting Officer and Contract Specialist, has worked across seven federal agencies, managing contracts totaling over $1 billion in the professional and tech sectors. His notable tenure includes serving with the DoD/DARPA during the inception of their robotics program. Additionally, he played a pivotal role in initiating the Cyber Special Item Number (SIN) within the GSA's IT Schedule 70 as a Team Lead. After graduating from Harvard, he started Blackfyre to help you win your next contract.

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