Via Obama's blessings and initiative, GSA is incrementally shutting down all competition & destroying small businesses via each schedule. A total of $70 Billion Dollars which will cost tax payers additional billions.
This program is called Federal Strategic
Sourcing Initiative or FSSI. GSA is eliminating competition via this
FSSI Program. The first to feel this FSSI wrath has been the GSA
Schedule 75 which has shut down all competition via this socialistic
FSSI program. This schedule is for office supplies. (Schedule 75) From a
selection of 525 Schedule 75 GSA Contractors, orders are given to only
15 companies, including 2 "Big Box" retailers, namely Staples and
Office Depot, both of whom have been brought up on fraud charges under
31 USC 3729 and SEC charges and were fined and penalized for millions of
dollars already. Office Depot & Staples are currently obtaining 65%
of all GSA Schedule 75 Sales. GSA Schedules 70, 36, 67 are the next
victims for eliminating free competition, destroying 1000's of small
businesses and 100,000's of jobs. Hence small business vendors are being
kicked out of GSA.
There are ongoing SBA and congressional
hearings going on (
http://smbiz.house.gov/UploadedFiles/Tucker_Testimony.pdf ) Rep. Mick
Mulvaney, R-S.C last week read (
) And many more hearings have been held.
This is the irony, Obama
supported The 2010 Small Business Jobs Act giving small businesses a
chance to fairly and equally compete for government business. Obama then
in 2010 gave the go ahead for GSA to eliminate free competition via the
above Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative. Schedule 75 was the first
victim to lose free competition and all other GSA Schedules a total of
$70 Billion are next. Keep in mind GSA is the largest and sometimes only
way for small businesses to sell to the government. GSA claims by using
this socialistic procurement method they will save billions of dollars.
They claim GSA employees are overworked and cannot keep up with
numerous vendors, auditing and price control, hence eliminating free
competition is GSA's answer. GSA is full of crap & they currently
have the ability to audit and control prices GSA and DoD both currently
utilize very sophisticated web sites for buyers to use which currently
have very sophisticated audit and price control abilities I will prove
1) Go to gsaadvantage.gov...
2) In the search box put in: Q5950A Remanufactured Toner & Click the Go Button...
3) Now you will see the Sort By Most Relevant Drop Down Box, Hence select Price - Low to High...
4) Then you will notice all the different companies that offer this
item hence to drill down if they are a small business, woman owned, 8A,
veteran owned ect. Then click the very top description line that is
underlined for given company, hence you will go into another page, hence
go to the bottom of that page and see Socio, hence that tells you if it
is a small business, vet owned, ect...
5) If they have questions go
to mid part of page you will see: $Price EA sold and shipped by ABC
Company, LLC Hence click the company name for their phone #, address,
email address, phone #, and fax #
6) Also you will notice via
gsaadvantage.gov there are symbols for environmental friendly products,
Ability One, ect. Everything you need is here
7) DoD EMALL is
exactly the same but you need a secure token to enter web site. Only
vendors and buyers have a security token...
8) ALL GOVERNMENT BUYERS ARE TRAINED HOW TO NAVIGATE THESE SITES.
are my thoughts Why is GSA slapping competition in the face. Instead
they should be slapping buyers hands if they make unnecessary and dumb
over cost purchases. What is required is a very strict government buyer
purchase program with very strict disciplinary action if purchases are
made outside of given web sites allowing free and open competition
within these web sites. Also, disciplinary action would occur if the
government buyer does not buy the best quality & lowest priced
item(s) per SBA small business requirements, goals, regulations, laws
& rules. I know it is not Congress Job to Micro Manage.
that said I wanted to add this very vital additional information for
Congressional general understanding. A software company should
definitely give testimony to Congress on how GSA & DoD can wisely
use their vast amounts of computerized GSA/DoD information & data.
No need to reinvent the wheel. Via creating various programs both GSA
& DoD can both save much more money than using the FSSI Schedule 75
BPA which is a 20th century old fashion approach. This can be done
without additional funding. If our nation goes to war of course the
military dedicates its main resources to that cause. GSA & DoD can
prioritize this software project via existing employed Software
Engineers with no additional funds. It takes the will and priority to
make this happen. Case and point look at Amazon.com. If they can handle
1,000,000s of orders via 100,000s of vendors then GSA with their
existing data should be able to do the same. I know the government is
not a company but GSA has incredible amounts of data and very smart
software engineers. Via new created programs they can easily identify
buyers overspending and notify given superiors and agencies. A big
problem I have noticed via E-Buy many government buyers are purchasing
OEM & New items when they are mandated & required to purchase
recycled items. We can go on and on but GSA & DoD has more than
enough data to really control budgets and cost via the buyer. They can
also create programs to control vendor issues currently being done via
GSA & DoD employees hence automating given tasks humans are
Info & Ways to get involved...
to Google.com and in the Google search box enter ( Congressional FSSI
Hearing ) there you will find additional information. Currently there
are proposed rules to enhance The Small Business Jobs Act of 2010
regarding unfair FSSI agreements implemented by GSA, DoD & NASA. To
see rules simply go to Google.com and via search box enter ( Federal
Register / Vol. 77, No. 95 / Wednesday, May 16, 2012 / Proposed Rules ).
may also submit comments, identified by RIN: 3245-AG20, or contact Dean
Koppel, Assistant Director, Office of Policy and Research, Office of
Government Contracting, U.S. Small Business Administration, 409 Third
Street SW., Washington, DC 20416, (202) 205-7322.
Bornstein is preparing a study, Professor of Accounting and Taxation Kean
University, School of Business, Union, NJ Partner-Bornstein & Song,
CPA's & Consultants, Oakhurst, NJ
Tel: (732) 493 - 4799 Fax: (732) 493 - 3399
For more information contact stopFSSI.org
4949 St. Elmo Ave., Suite 221, Bethesda, MD 20814‐6067
(301) 652‐7410 – info@stopFSSI.org– www.stopFSSI.org
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Obama has it wrong, Socialism is not needed...