In using the Multiple Award Schedules Program (Schedules), both GSA and the Department of Defense (DoD) continue to be strong advocates of small business. To promote the maximum use of small businesses, GSA strongly encourages agencies to leverage Schedules in identifying small business contractors and to consider at least one small business, veteran-owned small business, service disabled veteran-owned small business, HUBZone small business, women-owned small business, or small disadvantaged business when placing an order. The DoD, in a recent memorandum, similarly suggests that contracting officers include at least two small businesses in the competitive mix when using Schedules. Both agencies also highlight ordering activities’ ability to use socio-economic status as an evaluation factor in determining best value when using Schedules. Also, be sure to read the Office of Management and Budget's memo for Chief Acquisition Officers, Increasing Small Business Participation in Federal Contracting.
To learn more about how you can utilize small businesses when ordering from Schedules, visit GSA’s Small Business Utilizationpage. More information on how GSA helps small businesses can also be found on “How We Help.”