Provide all federal procurement/contracting office, small business office including SBA, and senior leadership across all agencies training on "effectively removing barriers impacting small business success."
Include in the performance standards for all federal procurement/contracting office, small business office including SBA, and senior leadership across all agencies the requirement "effectively removes barriers impacting small business success."
Effect of Size Standards on the Erosion of the Mid-Level Companies. In recent years, mid-size firms, by virtue of being neither small enough nor large enough to successfully compete, have consistently and considerably seen their share of the market decline, according to Gregory Sanders et al.’s report Structure and Dynamics of the U.S. Federal Professional Services Industrial Base 1995-2009 (see figure 3-14, Sanders et ...more »
Increase periods of performance and/or award terms for small business contracts to allow small business time to mature and grow.
Moving towards shorter periods of performance, as the DOD is doing now, will not increase competition and lower costs. It will only increase costs and make it more difficult for small businesses to grow.
Have the SBA pay for small business legal cost to defend a size protest. This will encourage the agency to improve it's rules and understanding of how small and large businesses work together to be both profitable and productive suppliers to the government.
Remove from federal procurement regulations all "lowest common denominator" type regulations and give small businesses the benefit of the doubt. Ensure that federal procurement regulation actually achieve the intent behind the rule.
Develop strategies to ease burdens and enable small business government contractors to take their lessons learned from working with the government into commercial markets.
Spend more effort on removing regulations from the FAR/DFAR than the effort spent adding to them and trying to manage government contracts according to them. Have government agencies apply common sense and sound ethics vice the present level of reliance placed upon the FAR/DFAR driven bureaucracy.
Fix or do away with the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA). They are unable to perform audits in a competent and timely manner delaying payment of hundreds of millions of dollars to small business.
Limit federal employment to no more than 20 years of service for employees without commerical work experience. Require all federal procurement/contracting office, small business office including SBA, and senior leadership across all agencies to have a minimum of 5 years of commercial/industry experience.
Your agency’s Office of Hearings and Appeals will not review an appeal where the contract has been awarded [13 C.F.R 121.1101(b)]. To correct the errors an SBA size determination in such a case the small business must proceed to Federal District Court (and incur additional legal expenses). In dismissing an appeal without review, the SBA lost accountability for its personnel who made the size determination and put additional ...more »
Make government small business offices and agency leadership responsible for success of small business contracts for the government agency rather than just repsonsible for tracking/meeting set-aside goals.