House Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce, under the Chairmanship of Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), today held a hearing on contracting issues and opportunities for small businesses within the General Services Administration (GSA).
Specifically, the Subcommittee focused on GSA's Multiple Award Schedules Program. Under this program, GSA establishes long-term government-wide contracts with commercial companies to provide access to millions of commercial products and services. GSA Schedules are faster and easier contracting vehicles for agencies to use and account for approximately $50 billion in federal contracts each year. Given this volume, it is important that small firms have a fair opportunity to compete for work on the Schedules.
"Our Committee is devoted to making sure that small businesses have every opportunity to compete for government contracts," said Chairman Mulvaney. "Small businesses need to be protected against proposed GSA changes that would preclude them from competing for $50 billion a year in federal contracts for commercial items and services. Unlike their larger counterparts, small firms don't have the resources to fight bureaucratic impediments and unjustified bundling. This hearing provided a valuable forum to examine how programs intended to protect opportunities for small business competition, such as voluntary set-asides on Schedules and compliance with the Brooks Act, are actually being implemented."