Small-biz goals easier to reach
- By Dan Caterinicchia, Dan Caterinicchia
- Jun 12, 2000
The Small Business Administration's FAQ on the 8(a) business developmentprogram
Agencies that do business with 8(a) companies on the General Services Administration
schedule can get automatic credit toward meeting their 8(a) goals, thanks
to an agreement signed last week between GSA and the Small Business Administration.
The memorandum of understanding between GSA and SBA states that any federal
agency that does business with an 8(a) company through a scheduled contract
will receive credit for it automatically, without having to meet any additional
criteria, said SBA spokesman D.J. Caulfield.
"The SBA used to act as a middleman, but we're getting away from that role,"
Caulfield said. "There are many 8(a) firms on the GSA schedule, but the
agencies weren't getting credit for it," and now they will.
In the past, agencies would get credit toward their small business goals
for contracts awarded to 8(a) companies through the GSA schedule, but they
would not get credit toward specific 8(a) goals, said Larry Allen, executive
director of the Coalition for Government Procurement.
To qualify as an 8(a) company, a small business must be owned and controlled
by a socially and economically disadvantaged individual.
Allen said the agreement is a benefit to 8(a) companies and federal agencies
and could have been done sooner if not for a lengthy approval process within