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H.R. 2781 (115th): Ensuring Veteran Enterprise Participation in Strategic Sourcing Act


H.R. 2781 directs the Department of Veterans Affairs to work with the General Services Administration to increase the pool of veteran owned small businesses represented on government-wide strategic sourcing contracts.

H.R. 2781 concerns a group of contracts run by the General Services Administration known as the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative (FSSI). The FSSI enables federal agencies to pool their buying power for common items like office supplies, janitorial products, and building maintenance services. Each group of contracts under the FSSI is awarded to roughly ten to twenty companies. When an agency needs to order such products, the agency asks for price quotes from the FSSI companies, which have all already been vetted, and picks one of them. The FSSI is a good, simple method of purchasing.

H.R. 2781 directs VA to implement the most logical fix, to examine whether there are enough Veteran Owned Small Businesses and Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses on the FSSI contracts. If there are not enough Veteran contractors, the bill directs the VA to work with GSA to add more.

Last updated Oct 3, 2017. Source: Republican Policy Committee

The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Jul 24, 2017.


Ensuring Veteran Enterprise Participation in Strategic Sourcing Act

(Sec. 2) This bill directs the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to certify that sufficient numbers of small businesses owned and controlled by veterans, and of small business owned by veterans with service-connected disabilities, are represented within each category of supplies or services (except for domestic delivery services) for which a suite of contracts has been awarded under the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative. A "sufficient number" means between two and enough to maximize the percentage of orders entered into by the VA with such businesses, as determined by the VA.

If such representation within a category is not sufficient, the VA shall: (1) consult with the General Services Administration to increase the number of such concerns awarded contracts under that category, or (2) stop awarding orders under that category of the initiative.