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The General Services Administration (GSA) wants to boost small business opportunities in government by showcasing ways for those companies to engage in the federal market. GSA Administrator Robin Carnahan says GSA is “setting the bar” by incorporating the White House’s diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility goals into all of the agency’s work.

  • Jim Williams, partner at Schambach & Williams Consulting, former Federal Acquisition Service commissioner at GSA, said President Biden’s plan to increase federal contracting for small businesses by 50% over five years is doable but “a very tough goal.”
  • Williams said it is key to provide small businesses with vehicles such as the Polaris Governmentwide Acquisition Contract (GWAC), although he is concerned that it does not use the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS) as a way to separate out above-average companies.
  • Williams said GSA is taking the lead on the Biden administration’s goals on climate change and energy reduction and partnering with the Department of Energy in its recent request for information for technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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