The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has earned an “A+” grade, the highest score possible, from the Small Business Administration (SBA) for our accomplishments supporting America’s small businesses during fiscal year (FY) 2018. This milestone marks a decade of excellence for the Department! For ten consecutive years DHS has earned an “A” grade or higher on the SBA’s Annual Small Business Procurement Scorecard. This is also the fourth time DHS has earned an “A+” rating. DHS is the largest federal agency to achieve ten “As” in a row since the SBA started the letter grade format in FY 2009. This achievement confirms that DHS does not only talk the talk when it comes to small business inclusion, we walk the walk. We know that small businesses play a critical role in assisting DHS achieve its mission of securing the nation.
I could not be more proud of the hard work of Kevin Boshears, the Director of the DHS Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, his team, as well as every member of our DHS procurement community. Their tireless dedication and commitment to the small business community year after year made achieving this milestone possible!
SBA’s scorecard measures Federal agencies’ success in meeting their overall small business contracting goals. Last FY, DHS awarded 34.5 percent of total contracting dollars to small businesses, far exceeding the 23 percent goal for the Federal Government. Further, nearly 11,700 companies received DHS prime contracts and of these approximately 7,800 were small businesses.
I wish to again thank everyone who helped DHS realize this success. You have my sincere gratitude!