National Council of Textile Organizations’ Government Textiles Committee Meets
April 14, 2017
Chaired by Burlington/ITG Government Contract Manager Ashley Bullock, the National Council of Textile Organizations’ (NCTO) Government Textiles Committee (GTC) met the morning Tuesday, March 21, prior to the kickoff of NCTO’s 14th Annual Meeting. Following a members-only business session, military guests from Defense Logistics Agency’s (DLA) Troop Support command and the U.S. Army’s Program Executive Office (PEO) Soldier joined the GTC for additional discussions.
During the NCTO members-only session, the GTC discussed the Berry Amendment, including the Simplified Acquisition Threshold (SAT). NCTO and other textile trade associations defeated an effort in the FY 17 NDAA to raise the SAT from $150,000 to $500,000, an important victory because the monetary threshold to trigger Berry is tied to the SAT by statute. Additional discussion covered ideas to expand the Berry Amendment to other federal agencies, an update on DOD compliance efforts with respect to current procurement rules for textile, clothing and individual equipment, as well as a report on actions against Berry Amendment violations.
Discussions on Berry Amendment procurements continued once military guests from DLA-Troop Support and PEO Soldier joined the GTC meeting. Discussions included expanding DLA-Troop Support purchases to include acquisition of textiles, clothing and individual equipment for other federal agencies and foreign allies. Consensus was reached on the importance of supply chain visibility for customers and suppliers.
More than 30 members from government and industry participated in the GTC meeting, including U.S. Army Brigadier General (BG) Charles Hamilton, DLA-Troop Support Commander, who later delivered the opening address at NCTO’s annual meeting, as well as Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) Chief Marketing Officer Eric Spackey who also made a presentation on the opening day.