two solutions:
support the department of defense textile and apparel procurement fairness act and the federal prison industries competition act
The DOD Textile and Apparel Procurement Fairness Act (H.R. 2312) would:
  • Limit FPI to five percent of any one clothing and textile-based product made for the Department of Defense.
  • Require DOD to report to Congress annually on all market research that led to the award of contracts to FPI.
  • Require DOD to report to Congress on the disbursement of funds to FPI and the effect of their preference on the private sector.
  • Direct DOD to reduce FPI at the same percentage as industry when DOD reduces quantities in delivery orders.
  • Prohibit FPI from taking any small business set-aside contracts.
  • Prohibit FPI from obtaining contracts only to subcontract that work out to another entity. 
    The Federal Prison Industries Competition in Contracting Act (H.R. 3634) would:
  • Require FPI to compete for government contracts, minimizing unfair competition with the private sector firms and their non-inmate workers.
  • Prohibit FPI from taking any small business set-aside contracts.
  • Require FPI to submit a detailed analysis of the probable impact on the private sector with proposals that would expand sales of new products or services.
  • Require agencies to research private sector products based on price, quality, and time of delivery before making a purchase from FPI to best meet agency needs.
  • Require purchasing agencies to negotiate terms and conditions of contracts and price paid with FPI, cannot exceed fair and reasonable price determined by the Federal Acquisition Regulation.