As we start the New Year, we realize we still have a lot of ground to cover in meeting our goals. It currently appears that NASA should achieve our negotiated FY13 small business goal; however, we will again fall short of achieving the statutory goals for Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone), Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) and Service-Disabled Veteran–Owned Small Business (SDVOSB). In an effort to achieve these goals in the future, NASA developed a Small Business Improvement Plan for fiscal years 2014 and 2015, which includ the following three initiatives:
1) In reach to the NASA Community: Strengthen small business awareness and opportunities through stakeholder advocacy, training, and participation through existing resources.
2) Outreach and Social Media: Enhance small business awareness of NASA mission requirements through traditional and non-traditional outreach methodologies.
3) Procurement: Improve Agency small business contracting performance through evaluating and evolving procurement guidance.
Each of these initiatives contains several objectives that outline how they will be accomplished and each of them is required to be measureable, affordable, and achievable.
I will keep you updated on our progress and will inform you of upcoming outreach events, to give you greater access to our upcoming requirements.