Narrowing GSA Schedules Would Hurt Small Businesses

December 16, 2012

I strongly believe that contracting with small businesses is an important part of how we tackle America’s federal spending problems. When small businesses compete for contracts, the government spends less money and gains access to innovative products and services from companies that create jobs. That’s why I oppose the General Services Administration’s proposal to restructure its Multiple Award Schedules program in a way that deprives small business of the opportunity to compete.

Until now, while not perfect, schedules have been good for small business and taxpayers. The schedules streamline the procurement process while remaining open to new, better offers, which translates into faster contracting at lower prices. As a result, about one of every 10 federal dollars spent with contractors goes through the schedules.

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