WASHINGTON – A bill before the U.S. Senate this week could give the office furniture industry more access to the federal government, a billion-dollar market, according to Reuters. In 1934, the U.S. government created UNICOR, a government-owned corporation that teaches trades to prison inmates. This made the federal government off-limits for various industries and created a monopoly over various federal government needs, including filing cabinets and desks. The new bill would make it easier for government agencies to choose between UNICOR and its private-sector competition. Read more.
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