JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (Oct. 3, 2014) -- Contracting professionals from throughout the Mission and Installation Contracting Command worked until the final hours of Sept. 30 to bring fiscal 2014 to a close having executed approximately 37,000 contract actions valued at almost $5.6 billion in support of Army commands, installations and activities across the DOD.Contract awards made to small businesses across America accounted for almost $2.4 billion of that total. The command also managed more than 633,000 Government Purchase Card Program transactions in fiscal 2014 valued at an additional $783 million."What the numbers don't show are the long hours, selfless sacrifices and superior dedication it takes from our team of professionals to accomplish our mission," said Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Gabbert, the MICC commanding general. "Fiscal 2014 was a tremendous success for the MICC, and I'm confident that our team will continue to do great things for our Soldiers, their families and the Army this fiscal year." Almost half of the $2.4 billion in contracts awarded to small businesses came in final quarter of the fiscal year, following an extensive outreach effort by MICC small business specialists across the command in June and July."The tremendous effort put forth by our small business specialists was a major contributor in the MICC exceeding its small business goal for the second year in a row," said Mark Massie, the MICC Small Business Programs associate director here. "The MICC's acquisition forecast open house events were a total success in providing transparency to industry and giving them the information needed to pursue future opportunities. This was evident in the MICC surpassing four of five small business goals, a first since fiscal 2010."The command achieved 48 percent against an overall small-business goal of 45.8 percent for fiscal 2014. That included contracts executed in the four remaining small-business socioeconomic categories: - Small disadvantaged business, $1.3 billion; - Service-disabled veteran-owned small business, $477 million; - Woman-owned small business, $462 million; and - Historically underutilized business zone small business, $314 million.Although efforts in meeting the HUBZone small-business goal fell short, Massie said the value of contracts awarded during fiscal 2014 in that socioeconomic category exceeded the previous year by more than $35 million.MICC small business specialists advocate on behalf of small businesses throughout the country to ensure they have the maximum opportunity to compete for Army contracts. Dollars awarded to small-business contractors help support the achievement of annual government-wide goals required by the Small Business Act.The $5.6 billion in contract actions awarded command-wide in fiscal 2014 is approximately $300 million greater than the previous fiscal year. Pat Hogston, the director of contract support integration at the MICC, said this reflects a return to stable spending after the impact of sequestration and operational budget cuts. Contracts executed by the MICC totaled $7 billion and 6.3 billion in fiscal 2011 and 2012, respectively.