GSA Scores High on Small Business Contracting Efforts
Highest-Scoring Among Agencies, GSA Exceeds All Small Business Goals
Aug. 21, 2009
Contact: Caren Auchman, (202) 501-1231
WASHINGTON — The U.S. General Services Administration has received a green scorecard and all acceptable ratings on this year’s Small Business Procurement Scorecard, issued today by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
“GSA’s green scorecard reflects the hard work and dedication of our contracting officers, small business specialists, and program officials, and their commitment to helping businesses succeed,” said Mary Parks, GSA Acting Associate Administrator of the Office of Small Business Utilization. “We’re proud of these accomplishments, as it is the first time GSA has exceeded all of the small business goals. Now our focus is on maintaining these great results and building on them for the future.”
SBA rates agencies green, yellow, or red based on whether agencies reach their annual small business contracting goals and their efforts to make contracting opportunities available to small businesses. To achieve a green rating a federal agency has to meet or exceed its overall small business contracting goal, as well as the goals for at least three of the four subcategories.
GSA received green grades in all five categories. The five categories include awards to small businesses, small disadvantaged businesses, women-owned, HUBZone, and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses.
“As the most important drivers of innovation and job creation in our country, small businesses are integral to GSA’s efforts to rebuild the economy,” said GSA Acting Administrator Paul Prouty. “We’re looking forward to building on our success as we continue to carry out our Recovery Act agenda.”
GSA’s Office of Small Business Utilization (OSBU) helps provide small businesses, including disadvantaged, women-owned, HUBZone, veteran-owned, and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses, the opportunity to participate in the federal procurement process. OSBU provides many essential resources to help small businesses compete, including monthly webinars around the country on how small businesses can obtain a GSA schedule contract and how to market to the federal government. Small businesses make up 80 percent of GSA multiple award schedule contract holders.
GSA provides a centralized delivery system of products and services to the federal government, leveraging its enormous buying power to get the best value for taxpayers.
- Founded in 1949, GSA manages more than 11 percent of the government’s total procurement dollars and $24 billion in federal assets, including 8,600 government-owned or leased buildings and 213,000 vehicles.
- GSA helps preserve our past and define our future, as a steward of more than 480 historic properties, and as manager of USA.gov, the official portal to federal government information and services.
- GSA’s mission to provide superior workplaces, expert technology solutions, acquisition services, purchasing and E-Gov travel solutions and management policies, at best value, allows federal agencies to focus on their core missions.