House Panel Chairman Pushes GSA Over Supply Schedules Proposal

November 29, 2012

A House panel chairman is pressing the General Services Administration to back off of its plan to reduce the federal supply schedules contracting program on grounds it will harm small-business contractors.

GSA announced this year that it will use a “demand-based model” to phase out more than 8,000 supply schedule contracts it identified as obsolete. Typewriters, nondigital photographic equipment, trophies and commemorative or promotional items are some of the outdated or unnecessary products GSA plans to phase out of the popular governmentwide contracting program. The reduction is expected to save $24 million a year and is intended to enhance small-business viability and improve operational efficiency.

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