The General Services Administration expects agencies to save $155 million annually under the third generation of its Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative for office supplies, according to an agency announcement.
GSA posted a draft statement of work Monday for its OS3 contract and said it will increase opportunities for small businesses and open up the procurement process to all office supply businesses, even those without slots on the GSA schedule.
The agency plans to release a full draft request for proposals next week, and an official solicitation early next year. The agency also plans an industry day Dec. 10 to gather feedback from the private sector.
GSA Federal Acquisition Service Commissioner Tom Sharpe said in a statement that the agency is working with all of its stakeholders to streamline the purchasing process.
With increasingly constrained resources and budgets, saving time and money is essential, Sharpe said.