Posted by: Rafael Borras, Under Secretary for Management
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was recognized today with an “A” rating by the Small Business Scorecard for its success in contracting with small businesses. This is the third year in a row DHS has received an “A” rating.
Each year, the Small Business Administration (SBA) releases its annual Small Business Procurement Scorecard, which rates federal agencies success in meeting their overall small business contracting goals. SBA ratings are based on five categories—small businesses, women-owned businesses, service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses, businesses in HUBZones (historically underutilized business zones) and small disadvantaged businesses.
DHS’ success is due in no small part to the hard work and dedication of the team in our Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization and the contracting professionals and small business advocates in every Component.
DHS also is among the top four agencies in terms of total Federal contract dollars awarded to small businesses. In fact, we exceeded the Federal government goals in four out of the five small business categories for both prime and subcontract procurements and spent more than $ 4 billion with small businesses.
In virtually every segment of our homeland security community there are small businesses working to support the DHS mission and play a critical role in delivering efficient and innovative solutions to our long- and short-term acquisition needs. We look forward to continuing our partnership with the small business community and remain committed to their participation in our efforts to secure the nation.
For more information about DHS’s small business programs, please visit: http://www.dhs.gov/xopnbiz/smallbusiness/.