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Source : Contractor News
November 26, 2021
Author : Kristy Casanova
The Small Business Office of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defence Command (USASMDC) has launched its first service-disabled veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) Set Aside contract program.
The USASMDC website states that the agency "develops and provides current and future global space, missile defense, and high altitude capabilities to the Army, joint force, and our allies and partners, to enable multi-domain combat effects; enhance deterrence, assurance, and detection of strategic attacks; and protect the nation."
As with other branches of the military, the U.S. Army is seeking to improve its outreach to disadvantaged businesses, especially SDVOSBs. Taking effect the fourth quarter of Fiscal Year 2021, the set-aside program
will begin its first year of a five-year indefinite-delivery/quality contract, at a value of approximately $46.4 million.
The award as part of the OASIS small business contract is a General Services Administration (GSA) government-wide initiative. It is primarily focused on small business set-asides like with SDVOSBs. In order to be eligible for the award, the small businesses must be 51% owned and controlled by one or more service-disabled veteran(s) who are actively involved in the management of the business.
Mary Birdsong, the SMDC Office of Small Business Programs Chief, stated that there are high hopes for this program to be a success and that it will likely positively influence other socio-economic category set-asides such as with women-owned and minority-owned businesses.