Thompson Government Contracting

Surviving the GSA Schedule Contractor Assessment: What They'll Test and How to Comply

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Webinar Details

Subject: Federal Contracting

Prerequisites: None

Recommended Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge and Applications

Program Knowledge Level: Basic

Advanced Preparation: None

Duration: 90 minutes

Location: Your office or conference room, per telephone connection

Course Description:

What’s in a name? Plenty, when it comes to GSA Schedule compliance. That’s because the former Contractor Assistance Visit has been renamed the Contractor Assessment. The shift from “assistance” and “visit” reflects the evolution of the review and the heightened compliance challenges facing GSA Schedule contractors.

Surviving this tougher assessment requires three things: First, you must not overlook the latest contract requirements. Sounds obvious, but many contractors are unaware how their responsibilities have changed. Second, you must have the right compliance systems in place. And third, you need to know what areas will be evaluated and what documentation you must be prepared to provide.

Here’s how to do it all before you’re facing your next assessment.

Register now for Surviving the GSA Schedule Contractor Assessment: What They’ll Test and How to Comply.

In this 90-minute webinar, two GSA Schedule experts from Aronson’s Government Contract Services Group are you with tips and best practices for getting through your next Contractor Assessment without having compliance mistakes lead to a negative outcome.

Know what to expect and what to do now. You’ll learn how the breadth and scope of Contractor Assessments are changing, and what major areas of contract compliance will be tested. You’ll get tips and best practices on what type of interaction to expect (virtual or onsite) and what you can do today to enhance your compliance systems and be prepared to provide specific documentation. Plus, you’ll have the chance to ask your own questions during the Q&A portion of the webinar.

Reserve your space now for guidance on how to tighten GSA Schedule contract compliance and troubleshoot your next Contractor Assessment. Attendees who complete the webinar will:

  • Understand Compliance Best Practices, including:
    • Implementing and documenting effective policies and procedures
    • Critical elements of compliant sales reporting and Basis of Award (BOA) monitoring systems
    • Unique compliance concerns that are specific to product and service providers
  • Review the documentation contractors should be prepared to provide to the GSA Industrial Operations Analyst (IOA)
  • Understand the Evolution of the Contractor Assessment, including:
    • Virtual assessments v.s on-site visits -- when and where
    • Annual assessments vs. en-of-terms assessments -- differences in scope and focus
    • Contractor assessments vs. OIG Audits -- differences in scope and purpose

Don’t let gaps in GSA Schedule compliance put you at risk for contract cancellation! Here’s your chance to learn how to look at your systems in exactly the same way IOAs do—and in time to fix any problems before they arrive.

Register now for Surviving the GSA Schedule Contractor Assessment: What They’ll Test and How to Comply.

Who Will Benefit

This webinar is of value to any company or organization interesting in obtaining or maintaining a GSA contract. Attendees who will benefit the most include:

  • Business Owners and C-Suite executives
  • Financial and compliance managers
  • Contracting professionals
  • Internal and outside counsel to federal contractors

Jennifer Aubel
Jennifer Aubel is a Principal Consultant in Aronson LLC's Government Contract Services Group. She is responsible for leading clients successfully through the GSA lifecycle, from obtaining a new GSA Schedule contract through administering ongoing contracts. She works closely with clients to custom-tailor GSA Schedule solutions that meet current and future organizational needs by developing scope and pricing strategies, maintaining contract compliance, providing audit support, and improving the profitability and versatility of the GSA Schedule contract. Additionally, Jennifer frequently speaks on GSA Schedule topics at both Aronson and industry-sponsored events and is an active member of the National Contract Management Association.

Ms. Aubel has more than 15 years’ experience in the Federal Contracting market, working for both contractors and as a consultant to GSA Schedule contract holders. Prior to working with Aronson, she managed a multi-million dollar GSA program comprised of six GSA Schedule contracts with more than 10,000 contract line items. She also managed a team that developed and delivered specialized training on the GSA Schedules Program to small businesses across the country. Jennifer graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maryland, University College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Legal Studies.

Vanessa Payne
Vanessa Payne is a managing consultant in Aronson LLC's Government Contract Solutions Group. With more than 15 years of full life-cycle government contracts and consulting experience, her expertise includes GSA contract management, subcontract administration, contractor task order proposals, and "Big Four" management consulting in the areas of process improvement, business process reengineering, cost accounting, survey development and analysis, workflow mapping, and facilitation services. She currently specializes in GSA Schedule contract preparation, renewals, and providing ongoing contract management, administration, and compliance support with a special interest in organizational procedure and policy review, improvement, and standardization.

Vanessa has been a guest speaker on GSA Schedule and social media topics for Aronson and other industry organizations, and she is a co-founder and frequent contributor to Aronson's Fed Point blog. She received her master's degree in organizational development and strategic human resources as well as a graduate certificate in skilled facilitation from Johns Hopkins University, and she completed her bachelor's degree in communications at the University of Pennsylvania.

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