"The knowledge of details has often caught an error before it became a catastrophe." -- Aimee Buchanan
In early/mid/late 2005 the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) was directed to implement new Federal Procurement Policy that was designed to consolidate the government purchasing power, and to save money for the American Taxpayer. Our former administration, under the questionable leadership of George W. Bush, set a plan into motion, the first Federal Strategic Sourcing Intitiative (FSSI I), which was a drastic failure, and resulted in nearly no savings to the federal government. None the less, the bureaucrats who had originally crafted and sponsored the program, somehow saw potential for this severley flawed initiative, and with intense tunnel vision, they have marched forward with a new and mandatory implementation of FSSI II on the office supply schedule known commonly as MAS 75.
Some not so fun facts:
What has ensued since March of 2010 is a litany of conspiracy, on the part of GSA, to cause the failure, bankruptcy, and massive layoffs or closures of some 500 schedule 75 contractors. The funneling of dollars by GSA has been accomplished through driving the use of the FSSI contracts beyond their scope. Simplified acquisitions, purchases above $3000.00 but falling below $150,000.00, that were once completed amongst over 500 socio economically disadvantaged contractors, are now being competed amongst only fifteen, two of which are Staples and Office Depot. Mr. Daniel Gordon received his marching orders to implement a series of FSSI Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPA's) from our current President, Baraq Obama... and march they have, regardless of job losses to small business or lack of savings associated with these BPA's.
- GSA did not complete the legally required small business impact audits before running the FSSI solicitations or awarding contracts.
- The only published GAO reports on the FSSI program fail to consider the offsetting damage caused by the shrinkage and displacement of a significant number of small business federal contractors including minority, women-owned, and disabled veterans.
- GSA is ACTIVELY directing federal buyers to run simplified acquisitions only amongst FSSI contract holders, this is a direct violation of multiple Federal Acquisition Regulations clauses (13.001 and 13.004 to name a few) as they relate to the utilization of socio-economically disadvantaged business enterprises.
- Over $70,000,000.00 in annual revenues has been funneled out of the hands of 560 contractors, and into the hands of 15 contractors, two of which are Staples and office Depot (both have been fined on multiple occasions for prior contractor violations).