GSA Efforts to Boost Small Business Participation in Government Contracting Earn High Marks

GSA’s commitment to small business was recently recognized when our partners at the U.S. Small Business Administration graded GSA with an “A” for our work in Fiscal Year 2014 awarding a substantial portion of contracting dollars to small businesses. GSA awarded $1.5 billion to small business in Fiscal Year 2014.

GSA exceeded all of its subcategory prime contracting goals. To improve subcontracting performance, GSA increased visibility of the reporting progress across the agency by developing and implementing a dashboard to track ongoing subcontracting performance and target goals.This dashboard assisted GSA in exceeding its 25 percent small business subcontracting goal in Fiscal Year 2014.

Acting Deputy Administrator Adam Neufeld presents the opening remarks at the OSBU "Small Business First" Fair on June 17 in Washington, DC.
Acting Deputy Administrator Adam Neufeld presents the opening remarks at the OSBU “Small Business First” Fair on June 17 in Washington, DC.

GSA is committed to getting more small businesses involved in government contracting. An endeavor that not only brings innovative services to the government marketplace, but also helps grow jobs in our communities.

GSA relies heavily on small business participation in many of it contracting offerings. Currently, small businesses account for nearly half of GSA-funded contract dollars, 80 percent of all vendors on GSA Schedules, and 34 percent of all dollars awarded.

In addition, the agency is making sure that small businesses are well represented in its newest contract offerings. For example, GSA’s OASIS Small Business is a 100 percent small business set-aside that will also drive down costs for federal agencies, and increase efficiency by reducing the time spent on developing complex contractual instruments.

SBA’s annual scorecard measures how well federal agencies reach their small business and socioeconomic prime contracting and subcontracting goals as well as additional factors that affect the agency’s goal achievement. It also provides accurate and transparent contracting data.

The Work Continues

While GSA is proud of this accomplishment, the work continues and we’re doubling down on our efforts to do even better in fiscal year 2015 with all small businesses, however, we are especially focused when it comes to Service-Disabled and Veteran-Owned and HUBZone contracting categories which are a more challenging goal to achieve. This spring, the agency developed a “Small Business First” campaign to spread awareness about the importance of contracting with small businesses. The campaign’s goal is to further empower our acquisition and contracting staff to consider small business when making contract awards.

Focusing on In-person Outreach and Counseling

GSA is committed to meeting small businesses face-to-face to help match businesses to the products and services we need.

A few weeks ago, we held an open house that provided free counseling services to small businesses. More than 250 small business representatives attended the training. We conducted a similar training this past March and have one tentatively scheduled in the fall. The open houses are a great way for small businesses to receive free counseling, and meet other businesses to discuss teaming arrangements and other subcontracting opportunities.

Training

Training is a big part of how we provide assistance as well. This year GSA released: Doing Business With GSA, a new video series that makes it easier for small businesses to learn more about doing business with the federal government. The series gives small businesses the opportunity to learn more about doing business with the federal government when it’s convenient for them

Need Help/Have a Question

You can also find support at GSA’s Small Business Page. There you will find training classes and important information about partnering with us.

Lastly, if you have questions about doing business with us, please reach out using our contact form, or by calling 1-855-OSBU-GSA.

Learn more about the scorecard.
Learn more about the GSA opportunities that are available to small business.