The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) remains committed to expanding opportunities for small businesses as part of the agency’s mission to deliver the best value to federal partners and the American people. GSA ensures that highly competitive, well-prepared small businesses have the opportunity to pursue contracts through GSA’s Multiple Award Schedule programs, and through other contract vehicles.
GSA established a guaranteed minimum of $2,500 in sales under the Multiple Award Schedule program. If a schedule contractor does not generate at least $2,500 in sales, they are entitled to the difference between that amount and their actual level of sales. Historically, GSA has required the contractors to show that they had complied with their contract and formally request this minimum. Under new leadership, GSA is changing its policy and will no longer require eligible businesses to request these payments. Instead, GSA will proactively identify eligible businesses and issue payments automatically. The agency will also issue payments to those eligible businesses who have not requested payments within the past six years.
- In FY12, more than $2 billion went to companies on our small business governmentwide contracts (GWACs) such as Alliant SB, 8(a)STARS I and II, and VETS.
- More than $1.2 billion in GSA contracts went to small businesses in FY12 and the SBA
gave us their Leadership Award for our strong record in using small and
disadvantaged businesses. Last fiscal year, GSA was rated an “A+”for exceeding SBA small business contracting goals in nearly all categories.
- More than 80% of all suppliers on the Multiple Award Schedules are small businesses.
- 100 percent of the companies on our telecommunications strategic sourcing initiative are small businesses, which saw almost $25 million in sales last year.
- 76% of the vendors on our office supply strategic sourcing initiative are small businesses.
- Nearly 6,000 small businesses took our Pathways to Success training program in FY12, helping them learn the ins-and-outs of the government market while, combined with our Vendor Toolkit, helping them assess whether serving in the government market is a good
business decision for them.
We are proud of what we’ve accomplished so far and will continue to strengthen the partnership between small businesses and the federal government.