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OFPP, SBA Heads Push For More Small Biz Awards In Memo

Two top federal contracting officials have issued a memo directed to agency heads encouraging them to guarantee more contract awards for small firms, Federal News Radio reports.

OFPP’s Joe Jordan, head of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, and Karen Mills, head of the Small Business Administration, signed off on the memo.

Recommendations came from the White House Small Business Procurement Group meeting on April 25 and Jordan’s office expects a report of agency progress in July, Jason Miller reported.

Agencies are required to automatically award contracts below $150,000 to small business except when two or more small contractors bid for the contract.

Over the last five years, federal agencies have not met the government-wide goal of allocating 23 percent of contracts to small businesses, according to Federal News Radio.

Total procurement spending allocated for small business also decreased in activity during the same time period.

Late last month, Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) introduced his own legislation to raise the minimum prime small business contractor requirement from 23 percent to 25 percent across all agencies.

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