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GSA SmartPay Cards Powering Large Task Order Purchases

Guy Timberlake is the Chief Visionary Officer of The American Small Business Coalition. He recently wrote a much commented on post regarding the growth of Simplified Acquisitions.

Here’s the interesting part to me:

“The GSA SmartPay/SmartPay2 purchase card was the payment mechanism for $12,861,425 of these purchases. $6,759,404 of these purchase card payments were to small businesses. The largest purchase card payment issued to-date was by the Department of the Army for $193,981.05.”

I interviewed David Shea, head of the SmartPay program… Read More »

How government agencies and contractors can improve margins and reduce fraud

In our last editorial, we discussed an article that spoke of the insistent drive to cut costs at federal agencies and the impact on government contractors margins.

Last year, David Shea, director of the Office of Charge Card Management at the GSA, was featured on Federal News Radio with Mark Amtower discussing two programs that can help agencies and contractors substantially improve margins and virtually eliminate fraud: the GSA SmartPay card and Level-3 processing.

As indicated in the broadcast, the… Read More »

The Upcoming Schedule 70 SSI for Mobile and Level-3

In a recent interview on Federal News Radio’s Off the Shelf, one of the topics GSA FAS commissioner Steve Kempf discussed with show host Roger Waldron was the pending Schedule 70 Strategic Sourcing Initiative (SSI) for mobile communications. This SSI will be the latest in a recent series of initiatives applied to a GSA Schedule to improve purchasing efficiency.

One aspect that often gets overlooked by contractors when they hear about the various SSIs is that a basic requirement to… Read More »

The GSA SmartPay Program and Level-3 Financial Data

The GSA SmartPay™ program is 23 years old (started in 1989 as the IMPAC program) and accounts for about $30 billion annually in transactions. Approximately $20 billion of that is with the small purchase card.

The SmartPay program saves the government money by avoiding paper-based procurement; it streamlines how front-line managers can access products and services; and the card providers (banks) rebate the government a percentage on the amount purchased. It makes the procurement easier for the federal cardholder and the… Read More »