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U.S. Property & Fiscal Office, Purchasing and Contracting Division receives Award for Excellence 
By Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 Thomas Lamont, U.S. Property & Fiscal Office, Purchasing and Contracting Division, Massachusetts National Guard  

MILFORD, Mass. -The U.S. Small Business Administration presented the Massachusetts U.S. Property & Fiscal Office, Purchasing and Contracting Division with a plaque for exceeding all SBA socioeconomic goals at the NGB-Acquisition Advisory Council Conference, held in Sarasota Fla., during January, 2010.

Though awards were given to other USPFO’s that had high percentages in every category, the USPFO-PC MA was the only one of 10 that exceeded all goals across the board for all 54 states and territories.

Some of the categories for 2009 were Small Business, Small Disadvantage Businesses, Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses, Women-Owned Small Businesses and HUBZone Businesses.

The SBA is responsible for the management and oversight of the small business procurement process across the federal government. SBA negotiates with federal departments concerning their prime contracting goals and achievements with small businesses to ensure they have the maximum practicable opportunity to provide goods and services to the federal government.

Further, the negotiation ensures that the federal government will achieve not less than 23 percent to small businesses, not less than 5 percent to woman-owned small businesses, small disadvantaged businesses, and not less than 3 percent to service disabled veteran-owned small businesses and certified HUBZone small businesses. The Small Business Goaling Report documents the achievement by each department.

Small Business Procurement Scorecards provide an assessment of federal achievement in prime contracting to small businesses by the twenty-four Chief Financial Officers Act agencies. Further, it measures progress that departments are making to ensure small business opportunities remain an integral part of their acquisition of goods and services to meet mission objectives. The scorecard was designed as an internal control and monitoring device to ensure that first, federal agencies reach their small business and socio-economic goals, second accurate and transparent contracting data is used and third, that agency-specific progress is maintained. SBA issued the small business procurement scorecards for the first time in alliance with the President’s Management Agenda.

Chief Warrant Officer 4 Thomas Lamont, supervisory contract specialist for the USPFO-PC, would personally like to thank all the members of Purchasing & Contracting for exceeding these goals. It could not have been done without the full support of the following employees: Warrant Officer Erika Reinikainen, Warrant Officer Jean Greenwood, Sgt. 1st Class Richard George, Staff Sgt. Ray Leedberg, Sgt. Melissa Larson, Spc. Tyna Stevens, Harry Greco, Nanci Thurston, Gerre Spriggs and Mark Guilfoil.