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Disputed new federal printer-buying system to be in place by summer: Shared Services

By Marco Vigliotti      

Nearly 30 suppliers of printers and photocopiers have launched an advocacy group to protest the system, arguing the new requirements will bar them from effectively competing for lucrative government contracts. 

Shared Services Canada, overseen by Public Services and Procurement Minister Carla Qualtrough, pictured, is planning to consolidate the number of standing offers it has for printers and printing services. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

A disputed new Shared Services Canada procurement program reducing the number of eligible suppliers for printers and printing services to federal departments should be in operation by the summer, according to the department. Critics say the new procurement process will completely shut out small- and medium-sized suppliers. Twenty-nine suppliers of printers, photocopiers, and related services started the coalition Let Me Compete earlier this year in protest of the new purchasing system. Members argue the stringent new requirements will bar them from

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