For the eighth consecutive year, the Department of Defense has earned an “A” grade for its performance against its small business procurement targets. Released on July 26, the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) annual scorecard puts into context the critical role small businesses play in achieving the department’s mission.
During a virtual press event announcing the release of the dashboard, Dr. William A. LaPlante, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, highlighted the contributions of the workforce American and Small Business throughout fiscal year 2021 alongside agency heads from the Departments of Transportation and Homeland. Security as well as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
“Small businesses play a vital role in the American economy, and they are mission critical to the Department of Defense, enabling us to develop, deliver and maintain critical capabilities for our Warfighter,” LaPlante said. “The DoD has met our primary contracting goal for small businesses for eight consecutive years. This shows our commitment to maximizing opportunities for small businesses, which increases competition and strengthens our national and economic security.
With more than $83 billion in obligations directly to small businesses, plus an additional $50 billion outsourced to small businesses by large DoD primary suppliers, the department continues its commitment to the small business industrial base of defense.
More specifically, the department Protected Mentor Program (MPP), which connects small business with big business, provides a solid platform for small businesses to grow as viable contributors to the defense industrial base. Over the past five years, MPP has successfully helped hundreds of small businesses fill unique niches and become part of the military supply chain.
The ministry is also prioritizing the use of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) to increase the number of small businesses in the industrial base. Administered by the department’s Office of Small Business Programs, in cooperation with state and local governments and nonprofit organizations, the PTAC program helps businesses pursue and fulfill contracts with the DoD, other agencies federal and with government prime contractors.
Along with the release of the scorecards, the SBA announced that the Biden-Harris administration had exceeded its federal contracting target for small businesses, awarding more than a quarter — or $154.2 billion — of total federal small business contracting funds. Combined with $72 billion in subprime contract targets, this historic spending has supported more than a million jobs in the US economy.
To see the department’s scorecard, visit https://www.sba.gov/agency-scorecards/scorecard.html.