GSS – Desktops & Laptops







FY17 HP Buying Guide

Government-wide Strategic Sourcing (“GSS”) vehicles for Desktops & Laptops. A Best in Class Contract Opportunity.

September, 2017

ABM Federal, a specialist in providing innovative IT solutions to the Federal Government has some very interesting news to share with you regarding a new government-wide initiative that is changing the way desktop and laptop computing devices are procured.

BACKGROUND: OMB issued CATEGORY MANAGEMENT POLICY 15-1 in late 2015, to streamline the acquisition of PC’s across the entire federal government. The name of this new Program is “GSS”, or “Government Strategic Solutions for Laptops and Desktops”. 2016 was an “awareness-building” year, and heading into 2018 Agencies are strongly encouraged to drive 75% of all desktop / laptop purchases through one of the 3 approved government-wide contracts;  NASA SEWP, GSA SCHEDULE 70, or the NIH CIO-CS GWAC.


 “What is the Program, and how does it work?” ABM Federal is a catalog awardee under both the GSA Schedule 70 GSS and the NASA SEWP GSS Vehicles. All 3 GWAC’s provide a great online ordering catalog of technically and FAR-compliant desktops and laptops in pre-configured base units that you can customize to meet your needs.

GSA has gone a step further by launching their “2017 Buying Event BPA”. GSA conducted a reverse-auction among all GSS Contract Holders and awarded 3 sole-source BPA’s; 1 Contractor for HP products, 1 for Dell, and 1 for Lenovo, based on Low-Price-Technically-Acceptable criteria.

ABM Federal won the competition and received the sole-source award for HP. As a result, you can purchase ANY QUANTITY of HP PC devices through ABM’s Buying Event BPA … and here is the GREAT NEWS: There is no need to do an RFQ or get 3 bids. You can place any size order, quickly and easily.

BASIC ORDERING STEPS: Federal customers are saying “Wow, this new program makes our jobs a lot easier, how do we order?” Simple, here are the basic steps.

First: You can order directly from ABM Federal, or utilize the GSA AdvantageSelect online portal.

To order direct from ABM, simply call (800) 522-9226 and we’ll walk you through the transaction.

If you’d like to order online from GSA, go to the GSA Advantage website URL

Step 1 FIND (“GSS BUYING EVENT” BPA): Once on GSA Advantage! click on the GSA AdvantageSelect link.

 From the GSA AdvantageSelect Screen, click on the first hyperlink for the Government-wide Strategic Solutions IT Products.

That takes you to the “Product Offerings” page. Type “HP” into the Search box, and hit “GO”. 


 This will take you directly to the HP Product Options and ABM Federal’s Special Buying Event BPA.

 Step 2 (SELECT PRODUCTS): Now you’re ready to select from among 16 base configurations … 6 laptops, 8 desktops, and 2 tablet configs, plus the monitor can be ordered with the unit or as a stand-alone purchase. Choose your base product, click “Select Deal”.  Note – do not insert your desired Quantity in this screen, as it will not pull in the BPA pricing.  Go to Step 3.

Step 3 (Select Options / Accessories):  Click on the Options/Accessories hyperlink to review the standard configuration, choose Available Options to customize and add Accessories to meet your needs.

Choose from available options to customize your computer or keep the base configuration and select Add to Cart.  This will automatically include Qty 1 of the selected device in your Shopping Cart.

Step 4 (ORDER):  At this point you can increase the Quantity and Update Cart and either Checkout, or Continue Shopping and add other items as needed.

PLEASE NOTE: It is recommended that you contact your ABM Federal Account Manager for special discounts on larger orders (over 25 units) before processing. If applicable we will provide a discount code to be used at checkout.

So it’s that easy! For a copy of the OMB Memorandum, or for more detailed information on the program, ordering options, or for technical information, please visit and click on the GSS News link located on our HOME PAGE. You’ll then be able to access a variety of useful information, PLUS (and this is important) contact information for GSA GSS Contracting Personnel is provided, if you would like to speak directly with a GSA Official to clarify any aspect of this program.

Thanks so much for exploring the new and highly streamlined GSS Desktop / Laptop BPA. The ABM Federal Team is ready to assist!

About ABM Federal

ABM Federal is a small business with an excellent past-performance record. The company’s experience, agility, dedicated federal teams, and network of solutions partners help customers simplify IT acquisition and increase productivity. For more information, please contact ABM Federal by e-mail at or by phone at 800.522.9226 or visit our website at

Need assistance? You can place your order directly with ABM Federal by sending a PO to or  by calling ABM directly at 1-800-729-9380.


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OMB “GSS Desktop and Laptop Buying Events” have been organized to inform and provide agencies with strong computer purchasing options. In August 2016, using a category management approach, IT Schedule 70 conducted a reverse auction where suppliers submitted initial quotes for three laptop and three desktop configurations to GSS via eBuy, and those rated “technically acceptable” participated in the pricing phase.

IMPRES Technology Solutions (Dell), ABM Federal Sales (Hewlett-Packard) and NCS
Technologies (Lenovo) were awarded contracts, and 36 agency representatives attended
buying events to survey options.

The intent of agencies to buy as one drove prices immediately down an average of 16 percent and has the potential to save up to 27 percent off GSA standard pricing, as well as save U.S. taxpayers an initial $8 million overall.

The Category Management Leadership Council (CMLC), chaired by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), established the Workstations Commodity Team (WCT) to develop a framework and strategy for effectively managing multiple interagency acquisition vehicles in the information technology workstation space (i.e. desktops, laptops) to manage the spend, reduce costs, and increase value through the application of strategic sourcing principles. The WCT represents a collaborative effort of over 20 Federal Agencies.

As part of category management, the primary goals of the Team were to identify a common set of desktop and laptop configurations that meet the vast majority requirements of the Federal Government. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Solutions for Enterprise Wide Procurement (SEWP) Office was appointed by OMB to lead this initiative. The WCT conducted extensive data analysis of the Government’s largest laptop and desktop contracts and determined that nearly 80% of basic laptop and desktop needs could be met through six (6) standard configurations.

NASA developed an implementation plan and deployment strategy in collaboration with the General Services Administration (GSA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The end result was the establishment of the “Government-Wide Strategic Sourcing Solutions (GSS) for Desktops and Laptops”, available exclusively through the following existing Government-Wide Acquisition Vehicles (GWAC’s):

› NASA SEWP V, NIH / NITAAC CIO-CS, and GSA Schedule 70

› Three (3) desktop and three (3) laptop configurations are offered

› Today’s latest technology is ensured

› Solutions from HP, Dell and Lenovo are featured (open to others)

› All solutions are TAA Compliant

› All solutions are Energy Star / EPEAT Gold / 508 Compliant

› Standard 30-day delivery

› Up to 5-year extended warranties available

› Over 80% of vendors are “Small Business”

IMPORTANT NOTE: OMB has subsequently issued Policy M-16-02, which directs all federal agencies to use these 3 GWAC’s exclusively when purchasing standard desktop and laptop computing devices.

Need assistance? You can place your order directly with ABM Federal by sending a PO to or  by calling ABM directly at 1-800-729-9380.


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