Based on the scuttle around town, the ‘joy’ of diminishing the need for DoD to set-aside awards to small business concerns is shared by many. At the top of the list is SAIC CEO Tony Moraco who was bragging about his company’s efforts to convince Congress to make it easier on defense acquisition by crushing small businesses, eliminating jobs and bending the rules. He’s prints are all over the hilt of the knife going into the backs of small businesses. I’m sure he’s in good company with some of the other large players. Then there are the clueless members of Congress who don’t realize (actually, I say they don’t care) they’re effectively stealing from a large chunk of their constituency. As I said before, any of them voting to pass this that has ever stood on an “I support small business!’ platform needs to look in the mirror to see what a liar looks like. Next up is a smattering of of agency small business representatives and contracting officers who’ve been overheard commenting on this legislation in a positive light. Why? Simple. It’ll make their jobs easier in meeting small business goals. Any surprises here?
To learn more, here’s my most recent article discussing the impact of the language proposed by the Senate for inclusion in the 2017 NDAA (If it goes through, it’s gonna’ leave a mark!).
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If “Counting of major defense acquisition program subcontracts toward small business goals” becomes reality in the 2017 NDAA or at anytime, the pain small federal contractors experience will be significant and it will be based on Congress cheating America’s Small Businesses. Plain and simple.
Since DoD is the biggest spender, the impact would be felt throughout the community, making small business the biggest loser when DoD is allowed to count first tier and second tier subcontract dollars towards the goal currently established for competitive and non-competitive set-aside awards to small business. It will permit DoD to avoid making as many awards to small business concerns because subcontract dollars would replace dollars being awarded to small contractors today.
To offer some perspective on the potential impact of this change, let’s look at the Department of Defense FY2016 funding request published in February 2015 by the OUSD Comptroller/CFO. The publication indicates Major Defense Acquisition Programs (MDAPs) and Major Automated Information Systems (MAIS) accounted for 43% of the requested $177.7B. If DoD required its primes to subcontract 23% of the $77.2B, that would result in nearly $18B in first tier subcontract dollars that would replace $18B in obligations that might otherwise be awarded to small business through competitive or non-competitive set-asides. Don’t forget, we still need to ante up the affect of counting the second tier subcontracts.Here’s the rub. During FY2015, DoD exceeded its small business goal by obligating $53B to small business concerns. Based on the new math coming from the 2017 NDAA, they could award $18B less to small business and still hit the mark based on first tier subcontracts alone.
Along with agencies being able to count multiple small business designations per obligation and that this ‘new math’ rule trickles down to the socioeconomic designations, are there any questions regarding how screwed small businesses are if this goes through? How long before it’s adopted governmentwide?
“The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.”