Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, details how GSA’s customers are choosing acquisition vehicles with lower fees.
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.
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).
The Government Accountability Office denied the sixth and final protest of the OS3 strategic sourcing contract awards. GSA expects the contract to save the government $90 million a year.
Lawyers say GSA’s analysis of the impact of OS3 on small businesses met the requirements under the Small Business Jobs Act.
Reps. Grace Meng and Tim Walberg introduce a provision in the Defense authorization bill to require GAO to study the impact of strategic sourcing on small businesses. GSA also is facing more than two dozen protests over its current and future office supplies contracts and now OASIS.
SBA said GSA’s impact analysis failed on two main accounts. SBA said it disagreed on GSA’s claim that OS3 is a follow-on contract to OS2 and therefore is not a consolidation of contract requirements subject to the provisions of the Small Business Act. SBA also said GSA’s argument that it is “contrary to law” to provide an economic analysis on the consequences of small business on a consolidated contract is wrong.