Do you pursue federal contracts? If so, the NSBA urges you to to contact their members of Congress and ask them to enact stricter oversight and greater implementation strategies for the Federal Single Source Initiative (FSSI) in order to further improve small-business access to contracting opportunities.
FSSI is a government-wide program that allows agencies to work together to develop innovative sourcing strategies for a set of commonly acquired goods and services.
Unfortunately, in an effort to help the government reduce the cost of purchasing goods and services, the program has actually made it more difficult for small firms to compete by awarding contracts to a select few while displacing the vast majority of small-business vendors.
Therefore, FSSI is actually shrinking the number of small-business contractors leaving them subjected to financial distress and threatening job losses.
The House is expected this week to consider the fiscal year (FY) 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), to authorize funding for national defense programs.
This measure is the product of two merged bills. Among some of the key provisions of the merged bill is a one year extension of the cap on the aggregate annual amount spent on contracts for services through FY 2015.
The bill would also modify and extend the test program for negotiation of comprehensive small business subcontracting plans authorized by section 402 of the Small Business Administration Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 1990.
The NSBA believes that more can and should be done to ensure that FSSI does not inhibit economic growth and impede small business’s ability to prosper and create jobs and urges you to contact your lawmakers to support measures that ensure small businesses are treated fairly and equally when it comes to bidding on federal procurement opportunities.