April 29, 2024

SBA: Record-Breaking $178 Billion in Federal Procurement Opportunties Awarded to Small Businesses

10 Federal Agencies Earn A+ in SBA’s Annual Scorecard Released During National Small Business Week

Today, at a roundtable discussion hosted by the White House and attended by several federal agencies to mark National Small Business Week, SBA Administrator Isabel Casillas Guzman announced the agency’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 federal procurement “Scorecard” results, which measure how well federal agencies meet their small business contracting goals each year. The Biden-Harris Administration exceeded its FY23 small business contracting goal of 23%, awarding an all-time high 28.4% of federal contract dollars to small businesses.

This historic level amounts to a $178.6 billion investment in the small business economy – an increase of $15.7 billion from the previous fiscal year – and supports more than one million good-paying jobs in manufacturing, construction, research & development, technology, defense, and other vital industries. Minority-owned businesses across nearly all demographic categories also saw increased contracting dollars, underscoring the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to equity while growing the pie for all small business owners.

“Through President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, we have championed initiatives to fuel the nation’s economy – ensuring competition and a level playing field so that small businesses can access the historic level of investments through federal contracting,” said Administrator Guzman. “The Biden-Harris Administration is proud of the federal government’s record-high of $178.6 billion in contract spending with small businesses, including veteran-owned and small disadvantaged businesses, while also continuing to make significant strides in contracts to HUBZones and women-owned businesses.” 

Ten federal agencies received A+ grades, and an additional 12 agencies received an A grade. The federal government, overall, earned an A on this year’s government-wide scorecard.  This year’s A+ winners are the SBA, Dept. of Agriculture, Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, Dept. of the Interior, Dept. of Homeland Security, National Science Foundation, General Services Administration, Dept. of Commerce, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and Office of Personnel Management.  

The SBA plays a crucial role in setting contracting goals for each agency and collaborates closely with government buyers to emphasize the prioritization of small businesses in the procurement process. Individual agency scorecards with a detailed explanation of the methodology are available at SBA.gov/scorecard.

Highlights of the overall performance of the federal government include: 

Expanding Access to Federal Contracting:

Under the Biden-Harris Administration, the SBA has made it a top priority to expand access to federal contracting. During Administrator Guzman’s leadership, the SBA has made several strategic and targeted changes to ensure small businesses, particularly those in underserved communities, are empowered to find and take advantage of opportunities presented by President Biden’s signature legislation, including the historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, CHIPS and Science Act, and more. Actions include:

FY23 Prime Contracting by Dollars and Percentages for All Categories*:

Small Business23%$132.9  26.51%$145.7 26.02%$154.2  27.23%$162.9 26.50%$178.6 28.35%
Small Disadvantaged Business12%$51.6  10.29%$59.0  10.54%$62.4  11.01%$69.9 11.38%$76.2 12.10%
Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business3%$22.0  4.39%$23.9  4.28%$25.0  4.41%$28.1 4.57%$31.9 5.07%
Women-Owned Small Business5%$26.0  5.19%$27.1  4.85%$26.2  4.63%$28.1 4.57%$30.9 4.91%
HUBZone3%$11.4  2.28%$13.6  2.44%$14.3  2.53%$16.3 2.65%$17.5 2.78%

* In accordance with federal law, SBA provided double credit for prime contract awards in disaster areas that were awarded as a local area set aside. SBA also included in the calculation of government-wide achievements Department of Energy first-tier subcontracts required to be included by section 318 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 (“CAA”), Public Law 113-76. 

FY23 Federal Contracting Dollars to Minority-Owned Small Businesses:

Demographic CategoryFY20FY21FY22FY23$ increase under Biden-Harris Administration (from FY20 to FY23)
Black American$9.4 billion$9 billion$9.5 billion$10.2 billion$800 million
Hispanic American$10 billion$10.3 billion$10.6 billion$10.9 billion$943 million
Asian Americans$6.9 billion$7 billion$7.5 billion$9 billion$2.1 billion
Subcontinent Asian American$8.7 billion$9.5 billion$10.2 billion$11.5 billion$2.8 billion
Native American$15.1 billion$17.4 billion$19 billion$23.3 billion$8.2 billion

Small Business Federal Procurement Scorecard Overview: 

The annual Procurement Scorecard serves as a vital assessment tool, gauging the effectiveness of federal agencies in meeting their small business and socioeconomic prime contracting and subcontracting goals. This comprehensive Scorecard not only offers accurate and transparent contracting data, but also provides detailed reports on agency-specific progress.

Working in collaboration with federal agencies, the Small Business Administration annually assists in establishing individual prime and subcontracting goals. Moreover, the SBA ensures that the federal government, as a whole, meets or surpasses the government-wide statutory goals mandated in 15(g)(1) of the Small Business Act for each category.

To maintain the quality and accuracy of contracting data, every federal agency takes responsibility for its own data. Simultaneously, the SBA conducts supplementary analyses to identify potential data anomalies. Working alongside federal agency procurement staff, the SBA provides crucial analyses and tools to facilitate data review, enhance procurement systems, and conduct training to improve accuracy. This collaborative effort ultimately strengthens the federal government’s commitment to small business participation and success in government contracts.

This post was originally published here.