Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers, AIA, LEED AP, announced that the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) exceeded its Small Business Contracting goals for Fiscal Year 2010.
During the opening session of the AOC’s Small Business Industry Day on November 5, 2010, Ayers shared the news with local small business owners who attended the event to learn more about doing business with the AOC.
“Our organization is very committed to working with and encouraging small businesses to effectively compete for Architect of the Capitol contracts,” said Ayers. “This ensures that we receive the best value for taxpayers’ dollars while supporting job opportunities and businesses right here in the community. In addition, contracting with local businesses is in keeping with our commitment to using sustainable practices.”
“I am very pleased to say that we exceeded each of our six small business goals, and were very successful in contracting with small businesses overall,” Ayers announced. “We beat our goal of 60 percent by six percentage points, and we awarded more than $24 million in contracts to small businesses in the past fiscal year.”
The AOC leads the Legislative Branch in implementing and utilizing small business assistance programs. In 2009, the organization implemented a Small Business Set-Aside Program for small purchases between $5,000 and $100,000 when adequate competition exists. The agency also utilizes its Small Business Outreach Program to reach out to new vendors, and its Small Business Subcontracting Program to encourage its large construction project contractors to recruit small businesses as subcontractors.
The AOC also partnered with the Small Business Administration (SBA) in 2009 to implement the use of the SBA’s small business programs at the AOC. Under this arrangement, the AOC is actively working to award contracts to companies that reflect the diversity of our country.
Rachel Haltom-Irwin, Senior Advisor to the Associate Administrator for Government Contracting and Business Development at the SBA, congratulated Ayers on the AOC’s achievement saying, “It’s an amazing accomplishment in the Federal government to have met all of your small business goals.”