The General Services Administration says the strategic sourcing initiative for office supplies has saved $39 million over the last 18 months and is on track to save $208 million by 2013.
And office supplies are just the beginning of the products that soon will be part
of the governmentwide Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative (FSSI). The Obama
administration plans to use the power of the government's size to buy everything
from print management to mobile devices and services to IT hardware.
But some small businesses not on the contract are demanding the White House step
back and analyze the
broader, unintended costs of these efforts. A growing number say they are
in grave danger of losing their businesses, and thousands more could be right