The Washington Post reports “For second year in a row, government meets its goal of awarding work to small businesses according to an annual report released by the Small Business Administration early Friday.”
Just as I said last year, I’m not excited about this news. Here’s why.
Before we go the route of subtracting the more than $400 million obligated during FY2014 as ‘small business’ dollars that actually went to ‘other than small’ companies like Finmeccanica, Lockheed Martin, Accenture, SAIC, Spectrum Group International and seventeen (17) others, let’s look at the phrase ‘government meets its goal of awarding work to small businesses‘ and then review what actually occurred.
To me the term ‘goal’ infers something planned or the result of deliberate action, which in government contracting speak would be indicative of either a set-aside or a sole source. SBA says agencies awarded $91 billion to small business concerns as part of ‘their plan’ which is interesting since the Federal Procurement Data System indicates nearly $40 billion of the dollars obligated to small business in FY2014 were not the result of a set-aside and only $6.5 billion of the dollars not set-aside were the result of a non-competed procurement.
This means small business captured over $33 billion completely on its own without the assistance of the Government. My question is (once again), why do agencies get to take credit for successes resulting from small businesses outwitting, outlasting and outplaying other companies without the use of set-asides or non-competitions?
I wonder if the SBA OIG will chime in as they did last year when their agency released its last report touting success in the area of small business goals?
Guy Timberlake, The Chief Visionary
“The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.”