Mason’s Executive Education Now Government Approved Vendor

Posted: February 28, 2014 at 5:00 am, Last Updated: March 3, 2014 at 7:47 am

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By Jennifer Anzaldi

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Roy Hinton, associate dean of executive education at the School of Management. Photo by Creative Services

George Mason University is now an approved vendor of executive education offerings to the federal government. Through efforts spearheaded by the School of Management Executive Education team, George Mason will now be listed on the U.S. General Services Administration Mission Oriented Business Integrated Services (GSA MOBIS), and is one of only 11 universities with this status.

The GSA provides government agencies a catalogue of vendors or commercial corporations that can be used to procure products or services. Last year federal agencies spent more than $5 billion through the GSA MOBIS Schedule.

Mason’s executive education services will be listed in the GSA 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 Management.

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 Management.

This GSA MOBIS Schedule listing applies to the entire university, but the School of Management 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.”

Mason’s contract will be in effect until January 2019. Questions about Mason’s GSA-MOBIS listing should be directed to Hinton at rhinton1@gmu.edu.

Write to Preston Williams at pwilli20@gmu.edu

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