The General Services Administration is suspending new companies from offering office supplies through Schedule 75 for two years.
The goal is to encourage agencies to use the new blanket purchase agreements signed with 15 companies in June.
The General Services Administration freezes Schedule 75 to new vendors shortly after awarding a new strategic sourcing contract for office supplies. Small businesses say the combination of the two could have a detrimental effect on their ability to sell to the government. GSA expects to save $52 million a year across government from the BPA’s lower prices.
The Coalition for Government Procurement asks the Federal Acquisition Service to reconsider its decision to close the office supplies schedule to new offerors for two year. The association says the decision will hurt small businesses and likely lead to higher prices for the government.
Some small businesses are calling into question the benefits of the Obama administration’s strategic sourcing initiative. They say the agencies are mandating the use of the office supplies BPA and putting more than 500 Schedule 75 holders at risk of losing their business. GSA, which runs Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative (FSSI), said there still are plenty of sales to go around as the BPA accounts for less than half of the $1.4 billion office supplies market.
Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners will discuss the top strategic sourcing issues with host Mark Amtower. July 22, 2013
Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners will discuss the top strategic sourcing issues with host Mark Amtower. August 26, 2013
GSA issued a draft solicitation for the Office supplies 3 indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract Nov. 25 that puts more emphasis on small businesses, including consortiums, and would not be based on Schedule special item numbers.
The General Services Administration is soliciting industry input on how to buy office supplies differently through the multiple award schedules. Some in industry say GSA is reacting to continued challenges with the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative (FSSI).
Dozens of vendors are concerned they will not be able to renew their contracts to provide office supplies under GSA Schedule 75. GSA says it doesn’t plan on reopening the schedule for at least another nine months.