House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) today released the following statement on the release of the Small Business Administration (SBA) FY 2013 Small Business Contracting Scorecard, showing that for the first time since 2005, the federal government reached the government-wide 23 percent goal for small business contracting:
“For the first time in eight years, the federal government has finally met its 23 percent goal for small business contracts. This demonstrates that the reforms enacted during the past 2 Congresses are working. We've focused on helping small businesses compete for federal contracts by including small business goals in senior agency employee performance reviews and bonus discussions, increasing the authority of the small business contracting advocates, and making the size regulations easier to follow. Once SBA implements the rest of these reforms, such as making it easier for small companies to team on larger contracts or find mentors, small business participation will continue to rise. Now that the small business contracting goal has been met, we should not relax in helping more small businesses compete; the Senate should follow the House in raising the small business goal to 25 percent, to help more small businesses grow and create jobs.