How the Federal Government Disenfranchises Small Businesses: Challenges and A Plan for Action , by Dan Gill, describes the underutilization of small business capacity in the interest of economic well-being and security of the nation intended by earlier Congress. The book is available at Amazon.com.
Mr. Gill proposes, “To achieve the real objectives of the Small Business Act, there needs to be more aggressive accountability and effective implementation and oversight in the federal contracting. In addition, a change is necessary in the acquisition workforce culture in the twenty-first century to fully integrate small business into federal acquisition as was intended by the early Congress of the United States. “
With the groundbreaking information in this educational book, the reader is taken one step closer to the reform and change needed. By covering the full range of statutory and regulatory authority for implementing national policy within the Small Business Act, this revelatory new book by Daniel R. Gill should lead to small businesses finally receiving the development and assistance that they truly deserve.
How the Federal Government Disenfranchises Small Businesses: Challenges and A Plan for Action offers a noncritical analysis, challenges and proven solutions and thought provoking ideas that should stimulate action.
Interviewer: Why did I write the book?
Mr. Gill: Inspired by a career in training federal employees on small business programs, discussions with contracting officials, and consulting with small businesses that demonstrated an alarming lack of knowledge of the legislative history, I wanted to provide a legislative history on national policy while analyzing agency implementation based on my personal experience at the operational and senior executive level. One of my goals was to provide the readers with the framework to develop future legislation and develop future strategies to carry out the vision to more aggressively use small business to create jobs. Another goal was to provide for small business a simple overview of key small business and contracting policies and procedures Hopefully, this illuminating new book could possibly have the remedy that could get the country out of our troubled times.
Interviewer: How can current and future small business government contractors benefit from the book?
Mr. Gill: I believe that understanding the acquisition process and competitive environment is critical to being successful in federal contracting. The federal market is unnecessarily complicated as far the process itself, but also in understanding the role and responsibilities of the acquisition workforce. In addition, it is critical that small businesses know the full range of authorities and rights provided to them in various public laws and regulations. Finally, it is very important that small business understanding the political environment in which national policies are implemented.
Interviewer: What key small business policy change is most important to increase access to federal contracts to small business?
Mr. Gill: I don’t believe there needs to be any policy changes to increase small business access to federal contracts. What is needed is more accountability, execution and compliance at the executive agencies. Presently, Title 13 C.F.R. 121-126, the Small Business Act, the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and the agency FAR Supplements are more than adequate to maximize small business access to government contracts. The problem is lack of real accountability of the head of the agency, (HOA) (appointed positions), head of the contracting activity (HCA) (senior procurement executives and general officers) and contracting officer (CO) who are responsible for awarding contracts in compliance with the FAR and agency supplements.
Also, SBA should be adequately funded to ensure compliance with the existing policy that procurement center representatives (PCRs) are assigned at major buying offices. Although, SBA funding has increased under the Obama Administration and the SBA Administrator position was elevated to cabinet level, this has not increased small business access to federal contracts. In fact, SBA recently reported that the government has missed the small business 23 percent goal for the seventh year in a row. Currently the problem is being addressed strategically, when, in reality, it is a tactical problem at the operation level.
Daniel R. Gill is a principal of Dayvon Services Inc., a privately owned firm that specializes in acquisition consulting, coaching, and training. Gill ended his public service career as the highest-ranked black professional in the Federal Senior Executive Service in the Department of Defense, Acquisition Workforce. While working as director of the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, he developed acquisition and small business policy and provided oversight for DOD–appropriated expenditures for systems, equipment, supplies, services, construction, and research. Prior to that, he worked with the Department of the Army in a similar capacity. He also served on the Army’s Contract Adjustment Board and the Steering Group for implementation of the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA).Gill represented the Army on Executive Boards for Centers of Excellence established by the Army at two (2) historically Black colleges and universities. Gill earned a bachelor’s in business from Virginia Commonwealth University, a master’s in contracts and procurement management from the Florida Institute of Technology, and is a graduate of the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, Senior Managers Program.