Procurement

Small biz programs for contractors could be consolidated in reorg

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The White House proposed consolidating programs that offer credentials to small businesses aspiring to contract with the federal government as part of a proposed large-scale reorganization plan released by the Trump administration June 21.

The Small Business Administration would take over programs currently spread across multiple agencies including the Departments of Agriculture, Transportation, Treasury and Veterans Affairs.

Small business owners looking to get access to federal funding programs into SBA's Office of Capital Access would have a "one-stop shop," the plan stated.

Along with making the process of getting access to capitalization programs and contracts easier for small businesses, the White House said its plan would also allow the government to take a closer look at how it assesses eligibility criteria, application processes and reporting for the programs. It would also ensure consistency of processes across the government, as well as possibly save some money in the longer term.

However, the proposal said, if a small business program at a given agency is "highly specialized" or "industry-specific" it would stay at that agency and any overlapping SBA program would be purged.

About the Author

Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.

Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, tele.com magazine and Wireless Week.

Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.

Click here for previous articles by Rockwell. Contact him at mrockwell@fcw.com or follow him on Twitter at @MRockwell4.


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