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59 -- FSC Code 5995 - Cable, Cord, and Wire Assemblies

Solicitation Number: Reference-Number-RACS-21-2004
Agency: Department of Justice
Office: Federal Prison Industries/UNICOR
Location: Research, Activation & Corporate Support
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Special Notice
Added: September 24, 2004
This notice announces a decision by the Board of Directors for Federal Prison Industries, Inc. (FPI) to waive FPIís status as a mandatory source of supply for items within Federal Supply Classification (FSC) code 5995 - Cable/Cord Wire Assemblies. FPI will continue to produce items within FSC code 5995, however, all sales FPI obtained for those items will be through non-mandatory means. This decision is effective immediately. This decision is the result of an earlier resolution by FPIís Board to end the application of FPIís mandatory source for products for which FPIís share of the Federal procurements is 20 percent or more.

Mandatory source is prescribed by law. In the past, the Board has exercised its authority to administratively determine how the statute should be applied. It is within the Boardís authority to determine the conditions under which waivers of FPIís mandatory source are to be applied.

The following guidance is being provided to facilitate the customer implementation of this action.

- For products where FPI has waived the application of mandatory source, the market share acquired by FPI without the benefit of the mandatory source is considered a reasonable share.

- For those FSCs where FPIís mandatory source is waived, FPI must be given full visibility of the requirement and afforded a fair and equitable opportunity to submit an offer to meet the customerís requirement, to include being provided by Federal agencies the same information and specifications (as are afforded to any private sector offeror).

- Such waiver is contingent upon FPIís ability to submit an offer for these procurements. Thus, consistent with the provisions of the Interim Rule Implementing Sections 811/819 of the Defense Authorization Act of 2003(Federal Register, November 14, 2003), such procurements must not be set aside for other programs, e.g., small business set-aside, nor may FPI be otherwise precluded from being able to submit an offer.

- Notwithstanding the fact that customers are no longer required to purchase products from FPI as a result of the Board resolution waiving FPIís mandatory source for products in which FPI has at least a 20 percent market share, there is absolutely no restriction or prohibition against the customers continuing to purchase from FPI, should they choose to do so of their own volition. Thus, customers that currently rely on FPI to meet their product needs may continue to utilize FPI under the Boardís resolution.

Interested parties have a right to raise questions at any time with FPIís Board of Directors. Any correspondence should be addressed to: Chief Administrative Officer, Research, Activation and Corporate Support, Federal Prison Industries, Inc., 320 First Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20534. Attention: FPI Board of Directors.

Department of Justice, Federal Prison Industries/UNICOR, Research, Activation & Corporate Support, 320 First St., N.W., Washington, DC, 20534
Yvette Hairston-Mercer, Industrial Specialist, Phone 202-305-3862, Fax 202-305-7358, Email