Officials aren't working hard enough to persuade contractorsto subcontract with smaller firms, according to recent guidelinesdrafted by the White House aimed at boosting small-businessparticipation in federal procurement projects. Although recent SBAdata shows subcontracts to small businesses accounted for $61.2billion out of a $197.5 billion federal procurement pie, the gentlenudge from Deidre Lee, administrator of the Office of FederalProcurement Policy (OFPP), is a welcome one for small business.
Lee is encouraging federal procurement officers to adopt fourbest practices: 1) to establish award programs that recognizeprime contractors who promote opportunities for small business assubcontractors, 2) to evaluate subcontracting plans,3) to use past performance techniques, and 4) to useaggressive goaling techniques. These are only guidelines, however;there's currently no mechanism in place to ensure thesepractices are used.
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