A federal Office of Supply Chain Resiliency is “imperative” to repair weaknesses revealed by pandemic

“Amid rising manufacturing and consumer costs, deteriorating infrastructure, labor shortages and continued pandemic challenges, there is no shortage of supply chain issues,”​ CBA President and CEO Geoff Freeman tells key legislators in a July 9 letter​. “One workable and immediate solution has been put forward by members of Congress as well as the administration: establishing a federal office of supply chain.”

He explains that such as office, as proposed by President Joe Biden in the American Jobs Plan with an proposed budget of $50bn, “could monitor domestic industrial capacity and fund investments to support the production of critical goods, while overseeing the strategic execution of policies that build resiliency and competitiveness across the US economy.”

Freeman argues that creating a single point of contact with the private sector to address issues that cut across agencies “is an imperative to boost resiliency.”

For support, he points to a recent report​ published by CBA along with the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals and Iowa State University that found efforts to reinforce and repair supply chain resiliency cut across government agencies and involved a wide-range of private players whose combined efforts would be more effective if brought together under one office for oversight.

Creating a public-private partnership for streamlined oversight, advancement

According to the report, a search of the Library of Congress revealed that “by mid-September 2020, there were more than 125 bills proposed by the 116th​ Congress that make some reference to supply chains in the text of the legislation, including 10 that have supply chains in the title,”​ excluding bills that pertain to transportation infrastructure funding.

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