By Ryan Mattox, Mission and Installation Contracting Command Public Affairs OfficeMay 23, 2013
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- After the Mission and Installation Contracting Command commanding general announced the fiscal 2013 small business goals earlier this year, contracting personnel are off to a strong start in meeting those goals.
The MICC Fiscal 2013 small business goals for each program area are small business is 45.8 percent; small-disadvantaged business is 24 percent; women-owned small business is 9.5 percent; historically underutilized business zone is 10 percent; service-disabled veteran-owned small business is 6 percent of total dollars committed. The MICC commanding general assigns goals to each of the contracting offices in each of the five program areas, which accounts for 200 additional individual goals to establish.
"Small business goal-setting at the MICC involves the skilled efforts of a bunch of great people working together across the country and across the command," said Pete Hunter, an assistant director, for MICC Small Business Programs. "It involves looking backward at past small business achievement statistics and executing calculations, but it also involves forecasting future Army spending to project how upcoming requirements can be met to support the Army Small Business Program."
At the midway point, the command looks to meet or beat its goals for the fiscal year. Small business is at 41.8 percent; small-disadvantaged business is at 21.6 percent; service-disabled veteran owned small business is at 8.3 percent; woman-owned small business is at 8.3 percent; and historically underutilized business zone is at 7.3 percent.
We were #1 last year in goal achievement within Army Materiel Command, awarding more than $2.6 billion to small business across the continental United States, said Brig. Gen. Kirk Vollmecke, the MICC commanding general, in a memorandum to contracting personnel.
"We need to place greater emphasis on improving market research, contractor evaluations and compliance with subcontracting plans, and providing maximum opportunities to small businesses below the simplified acquisition threshold," the general said.
The simplified acquisition threshold is a designated dollar limit for purchasing supplies or services. One of its purposes is to improve opportunities for small businesses.
AMC officials are asking small business specialists for a commitment and support to improve small business setasides for indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contracts, procurements below simplified acquisition threshold for small businesses, and increasing small business participation in knowledge-based services, electronics and communications services, and facilities related services.
As provided by Defense acquisition regulations, the command will continue to exercise the discretionary authority to assist contracting officers in identifying opportunities for other small business set-aside programs in order to meet individual category goals.
MICC personnel are responsible for providing contracting support for the warfighter across Army commands, installations and activities located throughout the continental United States and Puerto Rico. In fiscal 2012, the command executed more than 58,000 contract actions worth more than $6.3 billion across the Army, including more than $2.6 billion to small businesses. The command also managed more than 1.2 million Government Purchase Card Program transactions valued at an additional $1.3 billion.