The vast majority of federal procurement is happening in four sectors — only one of which meets its goals for divvying contract dollars to small businesses.
According to a report from the Office of Advocacy of the Small Business Administration, more than 80 percent of federal procurement was concentrated in these categories in fiscal 2012:
- Manufacturing, with nearly $200 billion.
- Professional, scientific and technical services, with about $141 billion.
- Administration and support, waste management and remediation, with about $43 billion.
- Construction, with about $35.44 billion.
But within that massive chunk of contract spending, how much is making its way to small business? For three of the four categories, not enough to meet the federal goal of 23 percent, according to the report.
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