The U.S. Small Business Administration today released its annual Small Business Procurement Scorecards, which provide an assessment of each federal agency's annual small business contracting achievement against its goal using a grade of A+ through F. The federal government received an "A" on the government-wide scorecard for 2015, reflecting significant efforts by federal agencies toward meeting their 23 percent statutory goal.
The federal government also reached its small business federal contracting goal for the third consecutive year, awarding 25.75 percent in federal contracts to small businesses totaling $90.7 billion.
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Washington, D.C. tech startups face an often daunting maze in pursuit of federal government contracts. Wanting to share her own map of that labyrinth after years as a government IT contractor drove Meagan Metzger to found tech startup accelerator Dcode42 just steps away from the White House last year. It's the same mission that inspired her to create the series of events that make up Dcode42's first Power Week.
"There's so much money available," Metzger told DC Inno in an interview. "Sometimes it's hard [for startups] to see the best way to get those contracts. The connections we show them can make the difference."
Knowing how much the government wants new tech and how many companies have solutions to offer, the week's events offer a mix of experts from both the government and corporate sectors. Representatives from the innovation and digital technology teams at the White House, the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency among others will speak about their experiences and advice for bridging the divide between startups and government agencies.
"The barriers for entry for government contracts can intimidate companies if they don't know the right people and techniques," Metzger said. "The agencies will have a chance to directly communicate with some of the companies looking for contracting opportunities."
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Yesterday, the Federal Acquisition Regulations ("FAR") Council published the final FAR rule on Basic Safeguarding of Contractor Information Systems.1 The rule is intended to prescribe "the most basic level" of safeguards, "reflective of actions a prudent business person would employ."
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