Kevin Plexico: Agencies Hit Small Business Contracting Goals for First Time Since 2005
Federal data shows that the federal government reached its goal of awarding 23 percent of agency contracts to small businesses during its 2013 fiscal year, the Washington Business Journal reported Wednesday.
Plexico writes that small businesses were awarded 23.4 percent of federal contracts despite the sequester and partial shutdown that occurred during the last fiscal year.
Nearly 9 percent of federal contracting dollars went to small disadvantaged firms and 3.4 percent to businesses owned by service-disabled veterans, exceeding targets for those socioeconomic classes, Plexico found.
Plexico noted that agencies have taken steps to boost their business relationships with small contractors and legislators also moved to form rules intended to help agency officials connect small business contracting goals with strategic plans.
He also offered a mathematical explanation for the contracting milestone.
“The Pentagon spends less as a percent of its total dollars with small businesses than other federal agencies, so having its budget reduced by a larger amount than other agencies naturally increases the overall small business contracting percentage, ” Plexico stated.