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WIPP Tells Congress GSA Proposal Is Too Costly For Small Businesses

Monday, June 29, 2015  
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June 29th Policy Briefing

WIPP Tells Congress GSA Proposal Is Too Costly For Small Businesses

WIPP Government Relations Team Member John Stanford testified before the House Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce on a proposal by GSA that doesn’t work for small businesses.  When asked by the Subcommittee if GSA should go back to the drawing board, Stanford said yes.  If the proposal is put into effect, GSA would require federal contractors to enter their detailed sales data into a new database.  Undoubtedly, small businesses will face costs. GSA has put forth the estimated costs for small businesses, but other sources, such as SBA Office of Advocacy and the Inspector General of the GSA, have suggested that GSA’s costs are understated.

In March, GSA proposed that contractors should be required to report data on orders and prices paid by government agencies using Federal Supply Schedules, IDIQ contracts, multiple-award contracts, and governmentwide acquisition contracts (GWACs). In other words, GSA is asking vendors to report to the GSA what they spent on the GSA platform.  Stanford stated that the proposal ultimately  “fails to best serve small businesses.”  A video of the hearing and the testimony be found here.

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