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How To: Government Procurement of IT Training Subsidy via GSA

Government Procurement SubsidyThere are over 40 million government procurement options tied to over 17,000 schedule contracts through the Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) program. Eighty percent of these are dedicated to small businesses. While this may seem like a lot of work to uncover the right contractor, the MAS program is actually an easy and cost effective way to order services on the GSA eLibrary. To get a subsidy for IT training via Learning Credits follow these steps.

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Identify IT Training Scope

The GSA MAS program offers a wide-range of commercial services. Within each service GSA groups similar products, services, and solutions together to aid in the acquisition process using a Special Item Number (SIN). The first step to procurement of IT Training is to identify the Special Item Number (SIN) within the Information Technology Services (70) category. A SIN under schedule contracts is similar to a Contract Line Item Number (CLIN) under a standard contract. The SIN for Training Courses is 132 50. Your RFQ needs to indicate the correct SIN to be considered in scope.

Acquisition Process for Services

When using the MAS program to acquire services there are milestones for each acquisition cycle. For schedule orders, the goals for acquisition planning are to:

  1. Acquisition Planning as Required by FAR Part 7.105
  2. Market Research as Required by FAR Part 10.001
  3. Communicating the Need for Services (RFQ)
  4. Describe the Work

The Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Federal Procurement Policy have mandated that agencies use Performance Base Acquisitions (PBA). PBA facilitates developing a strategic linkage to mission needs increasing the likelihood of meeting them. This creates potential for better value and enhanced performance.

NHDoD understands mission critical training needs and has executed a number of training contracts using Bootcamp Training and Test Pass Assurance to ensure success. If you are looking to simplify this process or when looking for technology training, consult a NHDoD expert to discuss the SIN and scope of your task.

past performance, experience, and pricing

According to GSA, the factors to consider for best value when awarding a task order for schedule services are:

  1. Past Performance
  2. Experience
  3. Reasonable Pricing

NHDoD, a division of New Horizon Learning Group, is experienced in Department of Defense training initiatives to assist in mission critical workforce development (View Past Performance and Experience here). When choosing NHDoD, you are also selecting to work with a Small Business connected to communities we serve.

Competitive course pricing per student is offered as government procurement via GSA Contract Number #47QTCA18D0054.

In addition to being competitive with other approved contractors, NHDoD offers a subsidy in the form of Learning Credits. The DoD training subsidy program starts with your committing a pre-determined amount of funding to be placed on account with NHDoD. Then, NHDoD adds additional funds to your account in the form of a subsidy, thereby maximizing your training budget. The more you invest, the more we invest in you.

Learning Credits Purchase NHDoD Provided Subsidy Total Training Budget
$10,000 $2,000 20% $12,000
$24,999 $6,250 25% $31,249
$35,000 $10,500 30% $45,500
$40,000+ $14,000 (or more depending on the investment) 35% $54,000


NHDoD GSA Contract 47QTCA18D0054To purchase Learning Credits with NH Provided Subsidy via GSA Advantage, simply:

  1. Go to the GSA eLibrary
  2. Scroll to: HORIZONS SOUTHWEST MANAGEMENT, LP then click on name.
  3. Under "View Catalog" - Click on GSA Advantage for the 132 50 category
  4. Type in the box labeled "Search within results" – LEARNING CREDITS- then click GO

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