As I've mentioned before in our blog, Russ Farmer of ReliAscent (Russ is a part owner and co-founder of ReliAscent) is the chairman of the joint NDIA/SBTC committee that is working on small business issues with the DCAA. The efforts of this committee in their first year have been significant in helping small business's not only voice their concerns to the DCAA but to work out issues with the DCAA. The committee has only been working with the DCAA for a year now but the progress is significant and this should give small business concerns a reason for optimism in government contracting in the future.
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I attended a briefing this week by the Director of Small Business with the Air Force Space Command. It was very enlightening to see the status of small business contracting within this section of the Air Force. Yes, the budget cuts and sequestration has reduced the amount of money being spent in this sector. But the good news is that the small business goals are being met in a lot of areas despite the reduction in dollars (on a percentage basis). The Air Force is using some creative tactics to insure that small business has an opportunity and that the small business goals can be met. I think that the Air Force realizes that small business is the best hope for job growth as well as the best chance for new innovations.