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GSA Announces Across the Board Increases in Small Business Contracting

GSA #1053

September 16, 2008
Contact:  Diane Merriett, (202) 501-1231
diane.merriett@gsa.gov

WASHINGTON — The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) today announced it increased its small business contracting in Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 in every single category from its FY 2006 achievements.

 GSA Small Business Contracting Percentages  FY 2006  FY 2007
 Small Business Total  32.22%   34.22%
 Small Disadvantaged Business  9.91%  13.37%
Woman Owned Small Business   5.50%  6.70%
 HUBZone small business   4.82%  5.57%
 Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business  1.45%  2.25%

GSA increased its total percentage of dollars going to small business from 32% in FY 2006 to 34% in FY 2007.  That result is nearly 50 percent higher than the statutory goal of 23 percent set by Congress.

GSA also increased its contracting in all of the socio-economic small business categories, exceeding the statutory goal set by Congress in three of four categories.  Based on preliminary numbers for FY 2008, GSA expects to exceed all socio-economic contracting goals, including the 3% goal for Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses.

In addition to supporting small business in its own contracting activities, GSA manages the Schedules Program and multiple Governmentwide Acquisition Contracts that support small businesses.  By creating and managing these contract vehicles, GSA helps increase federal contracting with small businesses governmentwide.  Nearly 80% of all GSA Schedules contracts have been awarded to small businesses.  In FY 2007 over 37% of all prime contracting dollars, or $13.4 billion, was awarded to small businesses via the GSA Schedules.

"I am very proud of GSA's efforts to help small businesses succeed,” said Acting Administrator Jim Williams. “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and we need these companies, which are run and employed by people in communities throughout America, to help our nation remain prosperous. We increase our contracts with small businesses every year, and I expect this trend to continue."

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