While ISSA supports strategic sourcing and its primary objective of saving the government substantial sums in the procurement process, we are opposed to implementing it in a manner that would have an unreasonably burdensome economic impact on the jansan community and the private sector generally. Therefore ISSA supports the implementation of federal strategic sourcing in a manner that:
- Ensures that any Federal agency RFQs will not negatively impact the industrial base of the United States of America or small, disadvantaged, women, minority or veteran-owned businesses;
- Specifies that federal agencies are not required to utilize the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative (FSSI) when they can demonstrate that purchasing items from the appropriate the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) schedule is economically beneficial, items on the GSA schedule are more appropriate for the agency’s need or other circumstances warrant purchase through the GSA schedule;
- Allows, whenever possible, separate categories or pools of awards for consortia-teaming arrangements made up of small businesses;
- Ensures that the majority of blanket purchase agreements are set aside for small, disadvantaged, women-, minority- or veteran-owned businesses;
- Requires that a small business impact analysis be conducted prior to making any awards, in cases where small or disadvantaged businesses will not receive the majority of awards or if fewer than 25 blanket purchase agreements will be awarded; and
- Requires that a size standard certification be provided by businesses competing for small business set-asides.
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