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The DLA Small Business Program at Land and Maritime
Where does the DLA Land and Maritime Small Business Programs Office 'fit' in government contracting?
The DLA Land and Maritime Small Business Programs Office maintains oversight of socioeconomic programs at Defense Supply Center Columbus. Socioeconomic programs play a
substantial role in how the government obtains supplies and services. Various laws, regulations, and local policy provide the framework to accomplish this monumental task. The Small Business Act signaled the acceptance, by Congress, of small business as a distinct and vital element of the national economy.
There are many socioeconomic programs. Depending on the government entity, there may be a different policy or procedure in utilitizing the Small Business Programs. For example, here at DLA Land and Maritime, although part of the federal community, we are within the Department of Defense (DoD). We can further break down DLA Land and Maritime's place within DoD to the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). So the guidelines that DLA Land and Maritime follows would be the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS), the Defense Logistics Acquisition Directive (DLAD) and the DLA Land and Maritime Acquisition Guide (DAG). As you can see, there is a plethora of information that must be interpreted regarding government contracting and socioeconomic programs' fit in the process.
It is the general policy of the Government that the small businesses be provided maximum practicable opportunities to compete for and participate in contracts and subcontracts consistent with efficient contract performance. To this end, the Heads of Contracting Activities are responsible for ensuring that the requirements of the Act are effectively implemented. One of the mechanisms used is to ensure the Act is effectively implemented is to establish, track and monitor goal achievment. Goals are negotiated each year at the local level (DLA Land and Maritime) to the department level (DoD) and are established based on a combination of past performance, commodity mix, and future projections.
Current Business Opportunities:
In addition to the DIBBS for business opportunities, DLA has been assigned procurement management and related support functions of all Class-IX Depot Level Repairables (DLRs). A DLR is a part that can be repaired a certain number of times rather than thrown away after use. Management of DLRs will be phased in over the next few years. A variety of long term procurement
instruments are created to further improve support to the military so many of the procurement initiatives encompass total logistic support to the war fighter.
The socioeconomic programs that the DLA Land and Maritime Small Business Programs Office has
oversight for are as follows:
To help train and counsel small businesses, the Office of DLA Land and Maritime Small Business Programs offers the following:
Additional assistance in doing business with the government is available. Find
the Procurement Technical Assistance
Center (PTAC) near you.
Additional information assistance in doing business with other business units in DLA is available at Defense Logistics Agency's Office of Small Business Programs.
For additional information please contact the Office of Small Business
Programs/Business Counseling Center at 1-800-262-3272 or email at: DSCC.email@example.com