The Small Business Administration (SBA) recently recognizedGSA Office of Small Business Utilization with a Leadership Award for its work helping small and disadvantaged companies bring their cost-effective and innovative solutions to the federal marketplace.
The award recognized GSA for its leadership in the small business contracting community and for awarding more than 19 percent of its contracts to small and disadvantaged businesses in fiscal year 2011. I was honored to accept this award on behalf of GSA at an SBA National 8(a) Training Event. The 8(a) Program is a business development program that offers a broad scope of assistance to firms that are owned and controlled at least 51 percent by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.
The award exemplifies the extraordinary efforts of GSA’s contracting community and our deep commitment to working with small business. When it comes to small business contracting, GSA knows the value and savings these companies can provide to not only our agency, but also to others in the federal government.
Recently, GSA raised its Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business contracting number to more than four percent, a full percentage point above the congressionally mandated goal, following an aggressive agency-wide training and outreach campaign. More than $1.4 billion in GSA contracts went to small businesses during fiscal year 2011, which provided products and services to help government meet its mission.
GSA works closely with SBA to assist small businesses in helping the government improve efficiencies and bring savings back to the taxpayer. Last fiscal year,GSA was rated an “A+”for exceeding SBA small business contracting goals in nearly all categories.
GSA’s small business outreach programs provide business development support including training with one-on-one support options, mentoring, and procurement assistance. These efforts are helping small businesses successfully compete for government contracts, which gives agencies the tools they need to serve the American people.