6 steps for agencies to aid small businesses
- By Matthew Weigelt
- Jun 07, 2012
As his first official action as administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Joe Jordan released a new memo June 7 intended to improve small business contracting.
Jordan’s memo, in conjunction with the Small Business Administration Administrator Karen Mills, gives agency officials six steps to increase contracts for businesses through multiple-award contracts (MACs).
Jordan wrote on the OMBlog June 7 that these tactical steps include using the authorities provided by law to set aside orders under MACs, turning to small businesses for small-dollar awards, and strengthening accountability to meet annual small-business contracting goals.
Jordan and Mills ordered agency officials to:
- Encourage their acquisition workforce, in an agency memo, to consider setting aside orders for small businesses on MACs.
- Think about requiring set-asides under MACs if the agency is not currently meeting its small business goals.
- Modify MACs to provide for set-asides.
- Require that contract documents include details on how officials considered the set-aside tools.
- Give feedback to SBA officials about the agency’s set-aside rule on greater consideration of set-asides on MACs.
- Take advantage of free training from the General Services Administration.
Matthew Weigelt is a freelance journalist who writes about acquisition and procurement.