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GSA Streamlines Local Small Business Contracting in the Gulf Coast

GSA #10397

August 31, 2007
Contact: GSA Public Affairs, (202) 501-1231

Washington — A new order signed by GSA Administrator Lurita Doan will make it simpler and faster for the U.S. General Services Administration to award millions of dollars in recovery contracts to local small business in the Gulf Region supporting Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts.

“Local small businesses are the backbone of every community,” said Administrator Doan. “Revitalizing the small businesses is one of the most significant ways we can aid in the recovery of the Gulf Coast region.”

Over the past year, Administrator Doan has met with GSA contracting officers, small business owners, and local officials in the region.  Each group has asked for help in streamlining the process to get recovery work awarded to local firms.  The new GSA Order, ADM 2851.5, does just that, promoting maximum participation of local small business in the impacted area for acquisitions supporting Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts.

Additionally, GSA has taken a number of other steps to help small businesses along the Gulf Coast, including the following:

  • Conducted over 9 small business partnering events to connect local businesses with subcontracting opportunities.
  • Awarded over $29 million to local businesses for renovation of the U.S. Customs House in New Orleans.
  • Planned a series of monthly meetings throughout the region to enroll local small businesses in the HubZone and GSA Schedules program.

After Hurricane Katrina, the President declared the Gulf Coast a Major Disaster area under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act.  This allows GSA’s contracting officers to give a preference to local firms in the affected area.  Instead of writing separate justifications, GSA Order ADM 2851.5 provides a blanket justification for all local preference awards under the authority of the Stafford Act.  The Order will remain in effect until the Presidential declaration of a Major Disaster is lifted.

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Founded in 1949, GSA serves as a centralized procurement and property management agency for the federal government.  GSA manages more than one-fourth of the government’s total procurement dollars and influences the management of $500 billion in federal assets, including 8,300 government-owned or leased buildings and 205,000 vehicles.  GSA helps preserve our past and define our future, as a steward of more than 420 historic properties, and as manager of USA.gov, the official portal to federal government information and services. GSA’s mission to provide superior workplaces, expert technology solutions, acquisition services, purchasing and eGov Travel solutions and management policies, at best value, allows federal agencies to focus on their core missions.

Did You Know?    In the Gulf Region, GSA has awarded 79% of all contracting actions and 62% of all contracting dollars to small businesses since April.


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