Bornstein & Song has been researching the FSSI since its inception in June 2010 as it was applied to the GSA Pilot FSSI Program for Schedule 75 Office Supplies (OS2). The research concluded that the FSSI was detrimental for small businesses, jobs, and the US Economy. Bornstein & Song decided to develop this website as an informational tool to alert the federal government and the federal contracting community of the dangers of the FSSI in its present form.
Bornstein & Song was motivated to develop this website in response to the federal government’s decision to implement and make Mandatory the FSSI for annual federal government procurement of $500+ billion. The FSSI decision was clearly defined in the December 5, 2012 Office of Management & Budget (OMB) “Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies - Improving Acquisition through Strategic Sourcing”.
The OMB Memo made it clear that FSSI would be made mandatory for federal agency purchasing of goods and services. According to Joseph Jordan, Administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy at the OMB, “"Mandatory is what we're moving toward," Jordan said. "There will be winners and losers, and not all who want to sell to the government can sell to the government."
There is an immediate sense of urgency as GSA intends to implement 10 new FSSIs in FY 2013-2014, beginning with the Janitorial/ Sanitation Products (JanSan) and Maintenance, Repair, and Operations Supplies (MRO), which will be implemented in November / December 2013.
All businesses selling to the federal government are vulnerable as the government implements FSSI on a mandatory basis across all federal government spending. Bornstein & Song determined that the FSSI was going mostly unnoticed and the soon-to-be-affected federal contractors were unaware of the implications of this controversial and risky policy.
Bornstein & Song developed this website as an informational tool to alert the JanSan & MRO industry of the dangers of the FSSI program. Having seen the damage the FSSI program has already caused for the Office Supplies federal contracting community, and realizing that the JanSan & MRO FSSI is going mostly unnoticed, Bornstein & Song decided to alert the industry.
Bornstein & Song Research, since 2000, has been driven by their faith-based belief that they have been given this unique opportunity to be a "vehicle for good" to address issues which impact the small business community, jobs and the U.S. economy.
The Bornstein & Song Research has been self-funded. They have devoted their time, effort, and money to research Small Business Issues such as Strategic Sourcing in the Federal and State Government. Their research included other issues of concern such as Small Business Failure; Small Business Financial Literacy; the Unrecognized Link between Small Business, Jobs, Toxic Mortgages, and the Housing Crisis; and Small Business Access to Credit. Prof. Bornstein testified to the US Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee on April 16, 2008 and various State Legislative Committees (2009 -2012).
Samuel D. Bornstein is a 35 year Professor of Accounting & Taxation at Kean University School of Business, Union, NJ.
Jung I. Song, CPA is managing partner of Bornstein & Song CPAs & Consultants in Oakhurst, NJ.
•October 28, 2013: GSA Awards $300M Contract for FSSI
•October 20, 2013: President's Management Advisory Board (PMAB) Meeting
•October 14, 2013: Alert! FSSI, PMAB, and the Impact on Your Business
•July 31, 2013: Bornstein & Song Research Launches FSSI Website
•June 26, 2013: Making JanSan FSSI Mandatory - House Small Business Committee Hearing
Alert for Federal Government Contractors & Vendors: Federal Agencies will be Required to Purchase Products & Services Only from the few Businesses who were Awarded FSSI BPAs. Not all Who Want to Sell to the Government can Sell to the Government.