Thursday, October 23, 2008

Kerry Responds to Bush Administration's Failure to Meet Its Small-Business Contracting Goals

Sen. John Kerry [D-Mass.], chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, released the following statement regarding the Bush Administration’s failure to meet its small-business contracting goal. This comes after yesterday's release of the Small Business Administration’s [SBA] annual contracting Scorecard, which shows that just 17 of 24 federal agencies met their 2007 small-business contracting goal:

"For the second year in a row, the Bush Administration has short-changed America's small businesses. But the fact that the government missed its contracting goal isn't even the worst of it. Like the administration itself, the numbers just can't be trusted. They don't count the millions of small-business contracts that have slipped through the cracks and gone to corporate giants.

"Eight years of budget cuts and lax oversight show that the Bush Administration thinks small equals less important. Given the impact entrepreneurs have on our economy, we need leadership that is more aggressive in giving small businesses the chance to succeed in the federal contracting arena."

SBA’s Scorecard builds on a series of significant initiatives the agency began two years ago to improve small-business access to federal contracts. SBA, along with the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, ordered the federal contracting database to be scrubbed, removing many cases of non-profits, state or local governments, and large companies that were recorded erroneously as small businesses.

The annual Scorecard rated federal agency performance in meeting the overall small-business goal and the component contracting goals for small disadvantaged businesses, small businesses in HUBZones, and small businesses owned by women, and service-disabled veterans.

The following 17 agencies met their small-business contracting goals: the departments of Veterans Affairs, Agriculture, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Labor, State, Transportation, Treasury, and the Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Office of Personnel Management, and SBA.

GoodBiz113's take: America's small-business owners, entrepreneurs and self-employed folks are fortunate to have Sen. Kerry advocating on our behalf, to see that we're awarded the contracts that have been set aside for us -- at least 23 percent of all federal contracts, according to Federal Acquisition Regulation [FAR] -- Part 19 standards. Hopefully, the next Administration will be much fairer in spreading the wealth of federal contracting dollars, and all 24 agencies will meet their small-business contracting goals across all components.

SOURCES: U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, U.S. Small Business Administration

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