1) Meet small business goals
2) Increase competition
3) Foster greater discipline in acquisition planning
4) Leverage buying power via consolidation of like type items
5) Review all procurements exceeding $10 million
MG Lynn explained that these measures will help DISA cope with sequestration, and expected future budget cuts, “…the future is our budget is going to be decreasing. It’s been pretty significant from what we’ve seen so far. What that means is competition is good for us, and we are going to try and compete as much of the contracts as we have coming out as much as possible…we’ve found that if we compete them, then it drives down prices which is good for us.”
· $523 million awarded to Small Disadvantaged Businesses (SDBs)
· $219 million awarded to Woman Owned Small Businesses (WOSBs)
· $255 million awarded to Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSBs)
· $85 million awarded to HUBZone small businesses
Jones indicated that DISA intends to increase the total value of contracts awarded to HUBZone small businesses up towards three percent from the current two percent, “We want to work with small business and we want to bring in the best products and services for our warfighters. So in the one area I really want to highlight here, because we really do need to bring in additional companies in this one area to help that endeavor, is those that are HUBZones…We are trying to increase our HUBZone goal. I want to eventually be able to say we can meet the three percent.”
Jones concluded her remarks by stressing the importance for small businesses to choose appropriate teaming partners and to respond to sources sought and RFIs well in advance of industry days.
- DISA 2014 Forecast to Industry
- MG Alan R. Lynn, DISA Vice Director
- Sharon Jones, Director, Office of Small Business Programs, 2014.
- DISA Launches 5 Cloud Tests, Warns On Industry Consolidation, Sydney J. Freedberg Jr., 2014.
- DISA Conducts Forecast To Industry