GSA Schedules Swell Revenues for Service-Disabled Veteran Businesses
April 20, 2006
Contact: Viki Reath (202) 501-1231
Washington, DC – Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) revenues from U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Schedules rose 500 percent in fiscal year 2005, GSA announced today.
SDVOSB revenues from GSA Schedules generated $600 million in 2005, up from $120 million in 2004. GSA Schedules list vendors eligible to sell a broad range of goods and services to federal agencies, from information technology to professional services, from fire-fighting to military supplies and more.
“This is a great start for Operation Breakout, GSA’s initiative supporting President Bush’s Executive Order to increase government business with SDVOSBs,” said GSA Acting Administrator David L. Bibb. “The initiative provided GSA associates with guidance on recruiting SDVOSBs for GSA Schedules. The hard work of GSA associates did the rest.”
The GSA initiative got under way in 2004; the same year President Bush signed Executive Order 13360 – Providing Opportunities for Service Disabled Veteran Businesses to Increase their Federal Contracting and Subcontracting. The Executive Order bolstered 1999 and 2003 Congressional directives, directing agencies to set aside three percent of their contract dollars for SDVOSBs.
The Executive Order and Congressional directives not only set goals for doing business with SDVOBs, but also allow agencies to set aside contracts for SDVOSBs and award sole-source contracts to SDVOSBs. GSA’s initiative makes it easier for agencies to find SDVOSBs eligible to provide the services and supplies agencies need.
GSA is a centralized, federal procurement, property management, policy development and information provision agency, created by Congress to improve government efficiency and help federal agencies better serve the public. In this role, GSA acquires products and services on behalf of federal agencies; plays a key role in developing and implementing governmentwide policies; provides services and solutions for the office operations of more than one million federal workers; and encourages a citizen-centric relationship with government by providing a single "point of entry" to the information and services citizens needed in a timeframe they can appreciate. This allows citizens to receive accurate, timely and consistent answers and information, and helps federal agencies better respond to citizen inquiries.