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There’s always a lot of talk about how important small businesses are to federal contracting. Every administration loves to tell us how small businesses are the “engine that runs the economy.”
Yet, the governmentwide small business contracting goal has been at 23% since 1997 despite federal procurement spending hitting $594 billion in fiscal 2019. While agencies have done a good job in meeting and exceeding the 23% goal over the last five-plus years, small businesses continue to face huge challenges as prime and subcontractors. Just take a look at the 8(a) STARS II craziness and several other programs that have gone off the rails in recent years.
So when an agency does something that not only puts small businesses at the forefront of a major procurement but adds clauses to hold large firms accountable, it’s worth noticing.
This is the case for the Defense Information Systems Agency’s systems engineering, technology and innovation (SETI) contract.
For its effort, DISA received the 2020 Verdure award from the Defense Department for demonstrating fresh approaches to balancing the development of efficient procurement methods and the utilization of small businesses. The Pentagon established the Verdure award in 2015 as one of five formal recognition programs to promote the success …
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