Letter to the editor
I am a loyal reader of Federal Computer Week and a former Air Force contracting
officer and small-business advocate.
I would like to address an issue covered by Carl Peckinpaugh in his
column Sept 16 ["Sizing
up small biz laws"] about General Services Administration schedule holders
being able to retain their small-business status on their GSA schedules
when they have long since become large businesses. This is a real problem
for GSA schedule holders that truly are small companies and who often cannot
compete with a large "small" business due to economies of scale.
I think the fact that Part 6 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation gives
an exception to small-business considerations for schedule buys also is
anti-small business. One of our biggest nemeses is a company shown as a
small business in GSA Advantage and as a large business on all of its contracts.
I can't see the GSA Federal Supply Schedule division caring much about
this (it's their bread and butter), but I would certainly think the Small
Business Administration and the General Accounting Office should.
This seems to be a conflict between acquisition streamlining and small-business
regulations, and I think something really does need to be done about it.
IPI GrammTech Ltd.