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DoD carries weight of governmentwide small business goal

Tuesday, October 09, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Guy Timberlake (
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"The Army Contracting Command, which does about 60 percent of the Army’s procurement, is aiming to contract 90 percent of SAT acquisitions with small businesses, said Alice Williams, the associate director of the Office of Small Business at the Army Contracting Command."
This is an excerpt from the October 9th Federal News Radio article DoD carries weight of governmentwide small business program.
While I applaud Alice Williams for this goal, I have a few comments based on current spending by the Army in the area of Simplified Acquisitions.
The following information is reported by FPDS-NG and is based on transactions in the database with a "date signed" between October 2011 and September 2012 (FY12). NOTE: Due to the delay in DoD transactions being presented to the public, the total spending amount will not be presented until the end of the calendar year.
With that being said...
  • According to FPDS-NG, Department of the Army awarded $1,595,848,958 in simplified acquisitions during FY12.
  • $808,390,465 of this was awarded to "Other Than Small Business" based on the Contracting Officers Business Size Selection.
    • $164,344,369 was awarded without competition
    • Orders placed against Basic Ordering Agreements (BOA) total $1,241,500
    • $34,957,400 was awarded against Indefinite Delivery Contracts (IDC)
    • Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) Calls accounted for $391,018,715 in awards
Nearly $600 million of the $808M awarded to "Other Than Small Business" never really saw the light of day from a competitive perspective. If the Army Contracting Command can create an opportunity for the "rule of two" to be applied to these and similar Simplified Acquisition buys, that would go a long way to creating additional opportunities for small and disadvantaged business concerns to do business with Army, and foster growth via past performance and increased relationships within the small government contractor industrial base.
The American Small Business Coalition is willing to lend a supportive hand to the Army in achieving the goal cited by Ms. Williams, and to small businesses who want to know more about pursuing simplified acquisition opportunities.


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