The Future of Small Business in the U.S. Federal Marketplace

Journal of Public Procurement, Vol. 4, No. 3, pp. 450-470, 2004

22 Pages Posted: 28 Apr 2005

See all articles by Chad M. Moutray

Chad M. Moutray

National Association of Manufacturers

Major Clark

Government of the United States of America - Office of Advocacy

Abstract

The federal government purchased goods and services valued at approximately $100 billion from small businesses in FY 2003, which was up from previous years. Moreover, in FY 2003, the federal government exceeded its small business contracting goal of 23 percent. Despite such achievements, implementation of the acquisition reforms enacted in the 1990s has limited small businesses' access to the federal procurement market. Federal agencies have, for instance, not met their goals for women, minorities, or veterans, and contract bundling and purchase cards may restrict small business opportunities. Meanwhile, both judicial actions and a reduction in the number of acquisition workers complicate matters. This paper discusses each of these issues and offers five recommendations that, if fully implemented, should ensure a brighter future for small businesses in the federal government marketplace.

Keywords: Small business, procurement

JEL Classification: H57

Suggested Citation

Moutray, Chad M. and Clark, Major, The Future of Small Business in the U.S. Federal Marketplace. Journal of Public Procurement, Vol. 4, No. 3, pp. 450-470, 2004, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=696043

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