GSA Small Business Utilization Receives an A+
Recently the General Services Administration (GSA) received good news in the form of its Fiscal Year 2011 Small Business Procurement Scorecard. The scorecard shows that GSA earned a GPA, or Government Procurement Achievement, of 134.29% and an A+ rating from the Small Business Administration (SBA).
The GPA percentage is a score produced from a weighted performance system encompassing GSA’s prime contracting achievements, subcontracting achievements, and performance on seven “success factors”. A sampling of these success factors include overall efforts taken to utilize small businesses in obtaining goods and services, agency commitment to expand subcontracting opportunities for small businesses, and an agency’s demonstrated commitment to grow their small business supplier base and increasing awareness of contracting opportunities for small businesses.
This latest GPA score displays a greater commitment to small business utilization when compared to GSA’s Fiscal Year 2010 score of 108.70% and improves greatly upon their Fiscal Year 2009 of 87% which resulted in a C rating from the SBA. Moreover, GSA increased almost all of its prime contracting and subcontracting goals and exceeded all prime contracting subcategory goals, except for the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) goal of 3% in which GSA came in at 2.63%. For its subcontracting achievements, GSA awarded 2.30% of its funding to service-disabled veterans, falling short of the 3% goal. GSA has made significant strides in small business utilization with its Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) program as well.
According to GSA, agencies using the MAS program last fiscal year generally met their small business spending goals. In fact, “all but two of the twenty-eight agencies utilizing the schedules program met the 23% small business utilization goal for Fiscal Year 2011.”