ISSA discusses impact of Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative
LINCOLNWOOD, IL — "The Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative (FSSI) will have a significant adverse economic impact upon distributors, manufacturers and other vendors of JanSan products to the federal government," according to a press release.
Under the FSSI, U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) is working with the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and all federal government agencies to create 10 new government‐wide Federal Strategic Sourcing programs for commonly purchased products and services, the release stated.
According to the release, one of these new programs will be for janitorial and sanitation (JanSan) and maintenance, repair & operation (MRO) supplies and services.
While the FSSI is expected to result in savings to the federal government, ISSA anticipates this initiative will result in a drastic reduction in JanSan vendors on the GSA schedule, with resulting economic losses; more importantly, the economic impact is expected to go far beyond GSA vendors, the release noted.
ISSA will participate in the JanSan pre-industry solicitation meeting to be conducted by GSA on May 15 in Washington; one of the association's goals is to require that a cost benefit analysis be conducted to assess the anticipated negative economic consequences of the FSSI JanSan initiative in the private sector, the release added.
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