There is no question that the current environment in the federal market for small businesses is challenging, to say the least. However, the environment for small business may soon need to be declared a full on disaster zone.
Two recent developments are moving forward to continue making being a prime contractor and a small business more difficult, if not impossible.
First is the recent decision by a federal judge to rule against the small business community. One of the leading voices fighting for small business federal government contractors is Lloyd Chapman, President of the (ASBL). Mr. Chapman had hoped to bring to light the state of the small business federal government contracting market, and the way that
In the wake of the decision, Mr. Chapman stated:
According to a , the Small Business Administration . Therefore, the government's compliance with the goal of awarding 23% of government contracts to small business continues to be in question.
Even government contract experts agree that the small business community is seeing a large share of lost contracting opportunities:
The ASBL plans to appeal the ruling to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Second, and more pernicious, is the unthinkable actions by Congress, who are supposed to be fixing this problem.
The impact would be catastrophic on the small business community, since the Pentagon spends the most. This provision allows the Department of Defense to count towards the current goal established for competitive and noncompetitive set-aside awards to small business. Subcontract dollars would therefore dollars being awarded to small contractors today.
To see the potential impact, and the potential disaster awaiting small businesses, Guy Timberlake, the Chief Visionary Officer of the American Small Business Coalition, has an .
In three separate events in Washington D.C. this week where this issue was mentioned, all three representatives of the small business office for agencies at the individual events were excited at the prospect. They falsely believe this will help meet their numbers, but correctly believe this will be much less work for them. It was clear where the priorities are for these, and other, small business offices across federal government.
All small businesses should be up in arms over these developments, as the powers that be are aligned to punch down and cheat small businesses out of billions of dollars in federal contracts. Small businesses need to be aware of what is happening, and .
If this gets adopted across the federal government, small business government contracting can be a thing of the past.