Overview of SBA Annual Agency Procurement Scorecards
The Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Policy, Planning and Liaison recently published its annual procurement scorecard assessing how well federal agencies did in reaching their 2021 Small Business (SB) contracting goals. The SBA works with 24 agencies annually to establish their prime and subcontracting goals, and their scorecard grades are based on the agreed-upon goals.
The annual scorecard is an assessment tool to measure how well federal agencies reach their small business and socio-economic prime contracting and subcontracting.
Overall, in 2021, agencies reached their prime contracting goals for small businesses, small disadvantaged businesses, and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses. However, agencies did not meet goals in small businesses located in Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZones) nor with small woman-owned businesses.
Agency scorecard grades consist of their achievements in four areas, and each area is graded by percentage, with 50% from Prime Contracting. Letter grades are then given to reflect what percent of their goals were met or exceeded. The agencies with the highest scoring letter grade (+A) include Commerce, DHS, DOL, EPA, GSA, Interior, NCR, NSF, OPM, SBA, and State. The lowest scoring agencies include HHS and Treasury; both scored a letter grade of “B.” HUD can in with the lowest grade of a “C,” but that is improved from the “D” they earned the previous year.
The Agency Scorecard can be found at Scorecard Landing (sba.gov).