ISSA is working Capitol Hill to find a legislative vehicle that would expand business opportunities with the federal government under the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative (FSSI) for manufacturers and distributors of cleaning products as well as providers of cleaning services, and which would minimize any adverse economic impact on the private sector. ISSA has formed an industry coalition of affected organizations that is supporting the adoption of legislative language summarized below:
- 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 FSSI when they can demonstrate that purchasing items from the appropriate 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.