The US House of Representatives recently passed legislation that requires investigation of the negative impact of the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative (FSSI) on America’s small-business industrial base. The bill also requires the government’s justification for a strategic sourcing solicitation to be publicly released prior to the actual solicitation.
ISSA, the Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association, applauds the leadership of Reps. Grace Meng (D-NY) and Tim Walberg (R-MI) for their leadership in promoting these new requirements as an amendment to National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 (HR 4435).
Under the FSSI, General Services Administration (GSA) is working with Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and all federal government agencies to create 10 new government‐wide FSSI programs for commonly purchased products and services. One of these new programs will be for “jansan” products and supplies, such as general purpose and glass cleaners, trash bags, paper towels, toilet paper, mops, floor buffers, etc.
A second category is for maintenance, repair, and operations—or MRO— supplies, which includes supplies and equipment (excluding services) such as bathroom fixtures, hardware, power tools, pipes, valves, electrical equipment, lighting, etc. GSA is also considering implementing an FSSI program for commercial cleaning services.
According to sources at ISSA, the current implementation of these initiatives will result in severe economic losses in the commercial cleaning industry.
“Quantifying the impacts of FSSI on America’s small-business industrial base will help allow informed discussions regarding how GSA and other federal agencies can achieve the goal of increased purchasing efficiency while ensuring FSSI does not economically harm the cleaning industry and America’s small business industrial base,” says ISSA Legislative Affairs & Environmental Services Director Bill Balek. “We look forward to working with the US House of Representatives and US Senate on meaningful reforms to the government procurement process that can make the process more efficient and also ensure that small businesses will be able to continue to sell products to the federal government. The recent vote by the House is an important first step in that process.”