Peter G. Tuttle
Hi Jaime. Great timing. Last week I was talking with a very senior Federal acquisition official and he had the best suggestion I've heard of yet - Make the agency/department small business goals applicable to a number of corporate-level executives, not simply those executives in the procurement rganization.
If the "tone" from the top is that small business is important, more than just the procurement guys will be looking for ways to increase the percentage of small business acquisitions. Achieving small business goals will be easier if executives from program management and requiring organizations are also held accountable for the success of the program within the agency/department. In a way this makes perfect sense, since it is National socio-economic goal that transcends individual organization goals (at least theoretically). Hopefully, you'll get some lively debate on this one. Cheers. Pete