While the GSA Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) Contract vehicle was originally created for federal agencies, there are several programs in place that allow state and local government entities to utilize the contract. The chart below details these programs, which GSA Categories the program authorizes state and local buyers to utilize, and under what circumstances.
|Various Categories, Mainly IT & Security*
|All GSA MAS Categories*
|Purchase of supplies/services to facilitate recovery from major disaster or facilitate disaster preparation and response
|Public Health Emergencies (PHEs)
|All GSA Categories
|Purchase of supplies/services when expending federal grants funds in response to PHEs
|See 1122 Program Catalog
|Purchase of equipment in support of counter-drug, homeland security & emergency response activities
*State and local government can purchase from GSA MAS Contractors that are eligible and have elected to participate in Cooperative Purchasing/Disaster Recovery.
Cooperative Purchasing allows the state and local government to make purchases under specific GSA Special Item Numbers (SINs), mainly within the IT and Security related Categories. The program is unique in that it does not place restrictions on the type of purchase – state and local government may buy products and services under any qualifying SINs at any time, for any reason. Learn more about Cooperative Purchasing, including which SINs are eligible and sales through the program here.
Disaster Recovery Purchasing
Disaster Recovery Purchasing allows the state and local government to make purchases under any GSA MAS Category or SIN to be used in preparation for or recovery from a disaster. This includes major disasters declared by the President or nuclear, biological, chemical, radiological, or terrorist attacks.
1122 Program allows the state and local government to purchase specific equipment under select GSA Categories for use in the performance of counter-drug activities. For a list of available equipment, and more information on the program please click here to visit GSA’s website.
Public Health Emergencies
Public Health Emergencies allows the state and local government to make purchases under any GSA MAS Category when expending Federal grant funds in response to Public Health Emergencies declared by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
State & Local Government Spending through GSA Schedule
Disaster Recovery & Cooperative Purchasing FY2017-2021
Source: FAS Schedule Sales Query Plus
State and local government entities are defined in the General Services Administration Acquisition Manual (GSAM), 538.7001 Definitions, and include the following:
- The 50 United States
- Towns and Townships
- Tribal Governments
- School districts
- Council of governments (incorporated or not)
- Colleges and Other Institutions of Higher Education
- Public Authorities (Including Public or Indian Housing Agencies Under U.S. Housing Act of 1937)
- Regional or Interstate Government Entities
- Any Agency or “Instrumentality” of Preceding Entities (Including any Local Educational Agency or Institution of High Education)
- Legislative and Judicial Department