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SBA: Agencies Meet Small Business Contracting Goals

Under the new leadership of Trump appointee Linda McMahon, the Small Business Administration has released its annual scorecard on federal agencies' small business contracting. The SBA's scorecard reports that the government overall met its mandatory goals for the fourth year running.

The average agency award rate of 24.34 percent of contracting dollars in fiscal 2016 went to qualified small businesses totaling $99.96 billion, a bump-up of $9 billion over fiscal 2015, according to SBA findings. However, while all goals were met -- the percentages of money going to small business was slightly lower when compared to fiscal 2015.

Prime contracting dollars rose in all set-aside categories, and the government exceeded the Small Disadvantaged Business goal and had its highest achievement ever for percentage of contract dollars awarded to Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned small businesses.

"It is a win-win for federal agencies to get small business contracts into the hands of the innovative small business owners that create jobs in their communities and help to fuel the nation's economy," McMahon said.

The agencies exceeded their subcontract goals for awards in most categories, though the awards to women-owned contractors fell slightly and dropped below the goal of 5 percent.

Four agencies received a B grade on the SBA scorecard: the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Health and Human Services Department, NASA and the Veterans Affairs Department. Only one agency received a C -- the Education Department -- all others receiving A's.

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