NEW YORK — It appears the Federal Prison Industries might lose its monopoly as the sole apparel provider to the Department of Defense.
The House of Representatives last week passed the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2002 that could end the FPI’s mandatory sourcing arrangement with the Department of Defense for military sewn goods.
“The FPI reform provisions in this bill will help our members who supply sewn goods to the military,” said Kevin Burke, president and chief operating officer of the American Apparel and Footwear Association on Thursday. “Our members can finally compete on an even playing field when bidding for Department of Defense contracts.”
Section 811 of the act provides the DOD the flexibility to choose whether it wants to buy from private manufacturers or from the FPI.
The House passed the measure 382-40. It now moves on to the Senate.

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