DATE: July 23, 2003

SUBJECT: Small Business Administration; Guidelines on Goal Setting Under Procurement Preference Programs

SOURCE: Federal Register, July 23, 2003, Vol. 68, No. 141 page 43566

AGENCIES: Small Business Administration (SBA)

ACTION: Notice and Request for Comments

SYNOPSIS: SBA is proposing to revise its "Goaling Guidelines for the Small Business Preference Programs" to implement the recommendations made in August 2001 by the General Accounting Office (GAO) in its report GAO-01-551, Small Business: More Transparency Needed in Prime Contract Goal Program, to make the guidelines clear, transparent, and consistent.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before August 22, 2003.

ADDRESSES: Send comments to Linda G. Williams, Associate Administrator for Government Contracting, Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street, SW, Suite 8100, Washington, DC 20416; or be e-mail to: goaling@sba.gov; or electronically on http://www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Pat Holden, National Goaling Program Manager, Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street, SW, Suite 8000, Washington, DC 20416; 202-205-6460; e-mail: patricia.holden@sba.gov.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: The Small Business Act establishes governmentwide goals and requires all federal agencies with procurement authority to negotiate goals annually with SBA to insure that small businesses receive maximum opportunity for participation in federal contracts. The statutory governmentwide goals based on the value of all prime contract awards are:

Subcontracting goals based on the value of subcontract awards are:

SBA is required to obtain procurement data on achievements towards those goals and to publish an annual report to the president and the Congress that is also included in the State of Small Business report. As part of this mandate, SBA issues "Goaling Guidelines" that provide policy direction to the various federal agencies pertaining to establishing annual goals, reporting procurement activity and submitting corrective action plans when goals are not met under the small business procurement preference programs. The guidelines provide procedures and timelines for the SBA to negotiate goals with each agency so that collectively the governmentwide goals are established.

The Goaling Guidelines, by which SBA manages the goaling program, must be updated periodically. The current Goaling Guidelines were last revised in Fiscal Year 2000 and are published at http://www.sba.gov/GC/goals/goal_help.html. Since the last update, GAO reviewed SBA's goaling program. GAO recommended that the Goaling Guidelines be revised to:

The proposed revision to the Goaling Guidelines addresses each of GAO's recommendations. SBA has posted the proposed Goaling Guidelines at http://www.sba.gov/GC/goals/ggtotal71503.pdf. SBA is seeking comments on improving or further clarifying the guidelines.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Panoptic Enterprises at 703-451-5953 or by e-mail to Panoptic@FedGovContracts.com.

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