George Mason University is now an approved vendor of executive education offerings to the federal government. Spearheaded by the School of Business Executive Education team, Mason will now be listed on the GSA MOBIS – Schedule 874 and is one of only 11 universities with this status.
The GSA, or US General Services Administration, provides government agencies a catalogue of vendors or commercial corporations that can be used to procure products or services. Last year federal agencies spent over $5 billion through the GSA MOBIS Schedule.
Mason's executive education services will be listed in the GSA Mission Oriented Business Integrated Services (MOBIS) – Schedule 874. The MOBIS program offers a range of management and consulting services.
"GSA MOBIS provides an excellent way to leverage our experience and expand our opportunities to serve the management, organization and leadership development interests of the federal government," says Roy Hinton, associate dean of Executive Education at the School of Business.
As a GSA MOBIS vendor, Mason will benefit from the speed, ease, and efficiency of securing government contracts to provide executive education services. Additionally, it gives Mason the opportunity to connect more easily with a range of government agencies and spend less time on purchasing paperwork, since terms are pre-negotiated.
"It's great because the GSA schedules are often the first place that agencies will turn to when they need a product or service," says Whitney Caldwell, executive education program manager at the School of Business.
This GSA MOBIS Schedule listing applies to the entire university, but the School of Business initiated the process in the summer of 2012, with the support of the Office of Sponsored Programs.
"It was a daunting process that took a really long time," says Caldwell. "Roy led the effort. He had the vision that this would be a great way to connect with government agencies."