Military Contracts and Small Business Purchasing Regulatory Requirements – Let’s Talk Performance

It is amazing all the programs we have for small business contractors doing business with the federal government and the state governments. It seems that whenever there is a contract available, the small businesses get a bid advantage, and even more so if they happen to be a minority-run company. This may seem like a fair way to do it because it’s hard for a smaller company to compete with a corporation which is well-funded, well-staffed, and with lots of executive management experience. To that I agree, however when it comes to the military, there’s more to the story, and I’d like to talk to you about this if I might.

You see, as crazy as it is to have all these regulations to protect small business, or even give them a slight in advantage, in the end it is often the government that suffers with less than adequate services, services which they paid. Now then, when it comes to military contracting and small business purchasing regulatory requirements, it even becomes an even greater concern to me.

I’d like to address the issue of performance. If a small business is incapable because it is not well-funded, can’t get the financial resources it needs to fulfill the contract to the same level that a large corporation would, then that contract should not be given out to the smaller company.

Requiring and mandating a military branch to contract with small business people that can’t perform is doing a disservice to our Department of Defense, and it might put the lives of our military in danger, something I find to be totally unacceptable, and I don’t care how much this helps a given individual small company. Military readiness, and contract performance is paramount, the job must be done right, it must be on time, and there often isn’t a lot of room for error.

In some branches of the government, it may not matter as much, and if a small business contractor falls down, no lives are in jeopardy, and the government can work with them to help them recover.

Nevertheless, as a tried and true advocate of free market capitalism, I would say that we shouldn’t give handicaps to anybody, the strongest and best company that can provide the services at the lowest price, and do the best job should get the contract. If that happens to be a smaller company, then give them the contract, but if it happens to be a large corporation which can bundle services along with some other contracts that it already has, then they should get the contract, and we taxpayer should save that money, and know that our military is at 100% of its operational capability.

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