CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
S.2868 is expected to be considered on the House Floor on Wednesday, September 15, 2010, under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. This legislation was introduced by Senator Joseph Lieberman (ID-CT) on December 12, 2009.
S.2868 would allow the General Services Administration (GSA) to authorize the American Red Cross to access the Federal Supply Schedules program in order to purchase goods and services in support of the mandates authorized by the Red Cross’s federal charter.
Authority of the American Red Cross to use federal supply schedules for certain goods and services:
The bill would authorize the administrator of the GSA to provide the federal supply schedules for use by the American National Red Cross. Purchases under this authority would be used in furtherance of the purposes of the American National Red Cross. The authority provided could not be used to purchase supplies for resale.
Duty of users regarding use of federal supply schedules:
All users of the federal supply schedules, including non-federal users, would be required to use the schedules in accordance with the ordering guidance provided by the administrator of the GSA.
Authority of state and local governments to use supply schedules for certain goods and services:
The bill permits state and local governments to use the federal supply services to purchase goods and services for the purpose of disaster preparation and response.
The General Services Administration’s Federal Supply Schedules (FSS) program enables federal agencies to purchase goods and services under contracts that have been pre-negotiated by the GSA. Currently, there are more than 11 million commercial goods and services listed in broad categories known as schedules.
Federal agencies and certain non-governmental entities are authorized to place orders under the Federal Supply Schedules program, allowing them to streamline the acquisition process and reducing time and administrative costs related to negotiating and awarding contracts.
CBO estimates that implementing this legislation would have no significant impact on the federal budget.