Sounds like a good thing, right? Not if you’re a small business concern.
What would make it easier for agencies? It wouldn’t be a result of finding more small businesses or reducing agency goals (not yet, anyway). Nothing comes to mind?
What if Congress (with help from industry chiefs) allowed subcontract dollars to be counted the same as dollars awarded to small business concerns through set-asides and socioeconomic sole source actions?
That’s exactly what’s on the docket and on-track to become the new norm. In a nutshell subcontracting dollars that today do not count towards the small business contracting goal will now carry the same weight of competitive and non-competitive dollars awarded directly to small businesses.
Any idea of how many more dollars are awarded to small business concerns through subcontracting? Now imagine what happens to small businesses in federal contracting when those dollars can be used to replace direct award dollars. Beginning to feel the pain that will occur as a result of this rule?
What are we going to do about it small business community?
“The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.”