Small Disadvantaged/8(a) Business Program
The Army has sustained a strong history of supporting contract awards to small business firms that fall into the socio-economic category of small disadvantaged businesses (SDB). The success of awards to these firms has come through various methods and as prime and subcontracted dollars. These methods include 8(a) set-asides, small business set-asides through the other socio-economic categories, and through unrestricted competitions. We have searched out these firms for the wealth of capabilities they bring to the table at fair and reasonable prices, in support of the Army mission, and the needs of the Warfighter. Army awarded $8.70B contract dollars to SDBs in FY16, $8.85B contract dollars in FY17, and is moving upward towards that mark in FY18. Another area in which SDBs have excelled is in the Army’s Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer Programs. Army awarded $51.72M to SDBs in FY17, and is moving upward towards that mark in FY18. SDB is the second largest socio-economic category in which these types of awards were made. Additional information on the program can be found on our SBIR/STTR Program Manager web page.
As we continue to move forward, our message to these firms and to all small business firms is that the Army is looking for those firms with capabilities which can ensure that our Army is the Greatest in the World. We are looking for firms that have capabilities that support: Readiness, Modernization, Reform, Innovation, Lethality, and a commitment to Army Values.
If you would like more information, please contact the Army OSBP Front Desk at 703-697-2868.