By Daniel P. Elkins, Mission and Installation Contracting Command Public Affairs OfficeSeptember 5, 2012
FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- U.S. small businesses throughout the nation benefitted from the award of more than $200 million in contracts during the month of August by contracting officials with the Mission and Installation Contracting Command.
Through August, MICC contracting officers have awarded more than $1.8 billion in contracts to small businesses, representing 43 percent of total small business eligible dollars awarded by the command this fiscal year. The MICC's small business goal is 47.5 percent.
As the fiscal year draws to a close Sept. 30, MICC small business officials expect a surge in contract awards they anticipate will help the command meet its small business goal.
"The command obligates approximately one-third of its annual small business spending in the last month of the fiscal year. We typically trend a bit short of our goal heading into September, and we're trending that way again this year," said Pete Hunter, an assistant director of MICC Small Business Programs.
The command's small business program consists of small business specialists at 34 sites around the country who work to ensure small businesses across all socioeconomic categories have maximum practicable opportunity to compete for Army contracts.
"It's not possible to overstate the impact of the Army Small Business Program on small business communities, especially in geographic areas around the Army posts we service," said Sandy Spiess, the MICC Small Business Programs associate director. "It's easy to look to the percentages for the accomplishments, but the more visible successes come in the form of construction jobs, maintenance and information technology positions, and revenue and growth for small businesses across the economic spectrum."
The amount of contract dollars awarded, percentage achieved and goal in each small business category this fiscal year through August include:
- Small disadvantaged business: $929 million awarded to achieve 21.8 percent toward a goal of 24 percent.
- Service-disabled veteran owned small business: $354 million awarded to achieve 8.3 percent toward a goal of 6 percent.
- Woman-owned small business: $356 million awarded to achieve 8.3 percent toward a goal of 10 percent.
- Historically underutilized business zone: $332 million awarded to achieve 7.7 percent toward a goal of 10 percent.
In fiscal 2011, the MICC awarded more than 47 percent of its total small business eligible dollars, injecting $2.8 billion into small businesses throughout the country.
The MICC is 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 2011, the command executed more than 63,000 contract actions worth almost $7 billion across the Army.