JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (April 8, 2015) -- The third and fourth quarters of the government fiscal year stand to be a boon for American small businesses as officials from the Mission and Installation Contracting Command anticipate awarding approximately $1.7 billion in acquisitions.During the second quarter of the fiscal year that ended March 31, almost $475 million in contracts were awarded to small businesses throughout the nation by contracting officers with the MICC. To date, small businesses have been awarded more than $665.7 million in contracts by the command this fiscal year. Mark Massie, the associate director for the MICC Office of Small Business Programs at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, said nearly two-thirds of MICC spend still remains for this fiscal year."A strong second half effort to concentrate on small business awards is essential by the entire MICC team in order to meet our small business goals," Massie said. "Small business specialists working hand-in-hand with acquisition teams at installations will ensure small businesses have maximum opportunities to find, compete for and win Army awards."During the second half of fiscal 2014, the MICC awarded $1.8 billion in contracts to small businesses, totaling 75 percent of its small business awards that year.The MICC Small Business Programs consists of personnel around the country who provide aid, advice and counsel to small businesses as well as conduct outreach events to inform industry representatives of installation acquisition forecasts. In addition to providing advice to individual small businesses, the program also advocates within the command's 32 contracting offices to ensure small businesses have the maximum opportunity to compete for Army contracts awarded by those activities.Dollars awarded to small-business contractors help support the achievement of annual government-wide goals required by the Small Business Act. Small-business directors at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston monitor each small business category throughout the fiscal year to ensure contracts are awarded in each of the following small business categories:- Small disadvantaged business - Service-disabled veteran-owned small business - Woman-owned small business - Historically underutilized business zone small businessHeadquartered at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, the MICC is responsible for providing contracting support for the warfighter at Army commands, installations and activities located throughout the continental United States and Puerto Rico. In fiscal 2014, the command executed more than 37,000 contract actions worth more than $5.6 billion across the Army, including almost $2.4 billion to American small businesses. The command also managed more than 633,000 Government Purchase Card Program transactions in fiscal 2014 valued at an additional $783 million.