The government should identify as many opportunities to use platforms for open market competition as possible in order to increase participation in federal business from a more diverse community of suppliers. Many organizations are too entrenched in their relationships with huge corporations and the use of BPAs that many small- and minority-owned businesses are denied access to these opportunities where they may be able to provide a lower price and where spend can be brought back into local markets. Open competition platforms allow small businesses greater access to these opportunities and challenge the status quo regarding procurement methods.
Idea No. 127