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Small Business Administration Awards DOI and "A+" in Annual FY 2013 Small Business Scorecard
The annual scorecard is an assessment tool that measures how well federal agencies reach their goals for small business and socio-economic prime contracting and subcontracting, provide accurate and transparent contracting data, and report agency-specific progress. Each agency's small business procurement performance was assessed along several quantitative measures, with the most prominent being prime contracting, subcontracting and progress achievement against prescribed success factors. The prime and subcontracting component goals include goals for small businesses, women owned small businesses, small disadvantaged businesses, service disabled veteran-owned small businesses, and small businesses located in Historically Underutilized Business Zones.
Performance in four out of five of the small business prime contracting categories showed significant improvement government-wide, with increases in performance against statutory goals. While contract dollars have gone down in all categories as a result of overall reduced federal spending, small businesses still secured a greater percentage of the contracting dollars. The commitment and hard work of the Department's program managers, acquisition professionals, and senior officials, DOI excelled in meeting its procurement goals with small business. The Scorecard is just one indicator of the Department's commitment to improving small business contracting and promoting the many rewards realized through capitalizing on the Nation's entrepreneurial spirit. The individual agency scorecards released by SBA, as well as a detailed explanation of the scorecard methodology, is available online: http://go.usa.gov/Nxxd
House Small Business Committee Approves Bill to increase Agencies Small Business Contracting Goals
The House Small Business Committee has marked up and approved a six-pack of contracting reform bills, including legislation that would raise the current agency goals for steering work to small businesses.
The package approved Wednesday would particularly affect the construction industry, women, and disabled veterans. It includes a plan to raise agencies’ small-business prime contracting goal from 23 percent to 25 percent and establish a 40 percent goal for small-business subcontractors.
“Greater small business involvement in federal contracting benefits companies and taxpayers alike,” said panel Chairman Sam Graves, R-Mo., who sponsored the bill outlining the new contracting goals. “Small firms are innovative, and increased competition often leads to savings for the taxpayers.”
A second Grave bill would “improve transparency and accountability” by discouraging bundling of contracts to give an advantage to large companies over small businesses. Bills sponsored by Rep. Richard Hanna, R-N.Y., would restrict the government’s use of reverse auctions in awarding construction contracts and increase construction companies’ access to surety bonds for use in federal procurement work.
A bill sponsored by Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., would transfer responsibility for verifying the status of disabled veteran-owned small businesses from the Veterans Affairs Department to the Small Business Administration. And two bills sponsored by Ranking Member Rep. Nydia Velazquez, D-N.Y., would boost the training and education services delivered by Small Business Development Centers and promote parity for women-owned small businesses by standardizing sole-source authorities in SBA’s procurement operations.
Article from Government Executive - March 2014