13 July 2007 — Washington (DC): Senator John Kerry has asked the General Services Administration (GSA) to postpone dropping office supplies from its global supply stock programme.
At the moment the programme directs almost 80 percent of government procurement of OP supplies to small businesses.
Kerry, the chairman of the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, says dropping the category from the programme could have a detrimental impact on many small businesses. He has called for a Government Accountability Office (GAO) study to evaluate the proposed policy.
He said: "It’s unacceptable for the administration to abandon innovative and effective small businesses in favour of a handful of big businesses. Before GSA eliminates these contracts, we need to know exactly what it means, economically and operationally, for the small firms that have been doing business with the federal government."