Freedom of Market Navigation Versus Duty of Economic Rescue: The U.S. Department of the Navy

Report Number: SYM-AM-16-038

Series: Acquisition Management

Category: Small Business

Report Series: Symposium Proceedings

Authors: Max Kidalov

Title: Freedom of Market Navigation Versus Duty of Economic Rescue: The U.S. Department of the Navy

Published: 2016-05-01

Sponsored By: Acquisition Research Program

Status: Published--Unlimited Distribution

Research Type: Other Research Faculty

Full Text URL: http://acquisitionresearch.org/files/FY2016/SYM-AM-16-038.pdf

Keywords: Small business concerns, contract management

Abstract:

Since March 1999, the Department of the Navy (DoN) has had an important shore duty: to exercise its purchasing freedoms and powers in ways that will channel government contracts to small business concerns (SBCs) locating and hiring in Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZones). Under the Small Business Act, the HUBZone Program provides these firms with contracting assistance, notably, competitive and sole sources set-asides. In 2005, this assistance was expanded to FAR Part 13 Simplified Acquisition Procedures. The federal government must also spend at least 3% of its prime contract dollars with HUBZone SBCs. During fiscal years 2006