PSC Offers Recommendations to Congress to Improve Small Business Contracting
Professional Services Council Executive Vice President and Counsel Alan Chvotkin offered a series of recommendations to improve the government’s small business contracting record, during a hearing of the House Small Business Committee.
“We are strong supporters of a balanced federal policy on small businesses,” Chvotkin said. “Congress and the agencies must ensure that proper considerations are taken before embarking on strategic sourcing activities, that quality data is available to analyze where and how small businesses are being tapped, and that changes to laws and regulations are having the intended effects.”
“The continued lack of quality data about the use of small businesses on the prime and subcontracting levels inhibits the effectiveness of small business programs and regulations,” he said.
In Chvotkin’s written testimony to the Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce, PSC recommends that Congress and agencies:
- Improve the data reporting to track federal prime and subcontracting data.
- Ensure that opportunities of the appropriate size are being set aside.
- Evaluate not only top-line small business goals, but also analyze and comment on changes in the agencies’ business base and addressable market.
- Set not only prime contracting and subcontracting goals but also target goals for services and commodities to be sure that one segment of an agency’s market is not drawing a disproportionate share of the agency’s attainment efforts.
- Implement and then comply with both the bundling and the consolidation reporting requirements that have been enacted in recent years.
- Explore the viability of conducting past performance assessments of first-tier subcontractors.
About PSC: PSC is the voice of the government technology and professional services industry. PSC’s more than 375 member companies represent small, medium, and large businesses that provide federal agencies with services of all kinds, including information technology, engineering, logistics, facilities management, operations and maintenance, consulting, international development, scientific, social, environmental services, and more. Together, the trade association’s members employ hundreds of thousands of Americans in all 50 states. Follow PSC on Twitter @PSCSpeaks and @StanSoloway.
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