The Federal Government Shorts Small Businesses Again, Misses Contracting Goal For Seventh Straight Year
House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) today released the following statement on the release of the FY 2012 Small Business Procurement Scorecard, which shows the government missed its goal of awarding 23 percent of federal contracts to small businesses for the seventh consecutive year.
“The fact that the federal government hasn’t met this meager 23 percent small business contracting goal for seven years is simply unacceptable, and further proof that our government continues to give lip service to small companies. We passed legislation last year that takes a step toward holding senior agency executives accountable for meeting the small business goals by making goal achievement an element in their performance plans. Nevertheless, the Administration must make meeting this goal a priority because it is efficient governance, and not just a law that makes small businesses feel good. Improving small business opportunities through federal contracts creates jobs and saves taxpayer money because small businesses bring competition, innovation and lower prices.