Small Business Plays Big Role
Agencies use SEWP IV to meet small business goals
Small businesses are thriving under SEWP IV, which saw 48 percent of its sales go to small businesses during the past year, more than doubling the federally mandated goal of 23 percent for federal agencies.
SEWP IV small businesses have done so well under SEWP IV and other contracts that four of them graduated from the small business category last year. “The fact that four of our companies grew into large companies is evidence that our small businesses are mature companies that provide excellent products and services,” said Joanne Woytek, Program Manager for NASA’s SEWP IV program.
Currently, SEWP IV has 17 small businesses among its 38 contract holders. Agencies can conduct set-aside task order competitions among two SEWP IV groups: small businesses and six service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSBs). In addition, SEWP IV has four contract holders with non-competed 8(a) small, disadvantaged business set-aside contracts, which are limited to $ 4 million.
“Our Quote Request Tool makes it easy for agencies to identify the set-aside groups and use the vehicle to get what they need,” Woytek said.
SEWP IV’s pool of small businesses also includes woman-owned businesses, Alaska Native businesses, competed 8(a) businesses, veteran-owned businesses, and businesses in historically underutilized business (HUB) zones. Agencies can hold competitions among all small businesses, and then give preference to these other sub-categories.
SEWP IV’s small business utilization has increased steadily in recent years, growing from 35 percent in fiscal 2009, 42 percent in 2010, and 48 percent in 2011. “We have mature small business that our customers can use with assurance,” Woytek said.