Biden-Harris Administration Awards Record-Breaking $178 Billion in Federal Procurement Opportunities to Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, April 29, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today, at a roundtable discussion hosted by the White House and attended by several federal agencies to mark National Small Business Week, SBA Administrator Isabel Casillas Guzman announced the agency’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 federal procurement “Scorecard” results, which measure how well federal agencies meet their small business contracting goals each year. The Biden-Harris Administration exceeded its FY23 small business contracting goal of 23%, awarding an all-time high 28.4% of federal contract dollars to small businesses.

This historic level amounts to a $178.6 billion investment in the small business economy – an increase of $15.7 billion from the previous fiscal year – and supports more than one million good-paying jobs in manufacturing, construction, research & development, technology, defense, and other vital industries. Minority-owned businesses across nearly all demographic categories also saw increased contracting dollars, underscoring the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to equity while growing the pie for all small business owners.

“Through President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, we have championed initiatives to fuel the nation’s economy, ensuring competition and a level playing field so that small businesses can have access to the historic level of investments through federal contracting,” said SBA Administrator Guzman. “The Biden-Harris Administration is proud of the federal government’s record-high of $178.6 billion in contract spending with small businesses, including veteran-owned and small disadvantaged businesses, while also continuing to make significant strides in contracts to women-owned businesses.”

Ten federal agencies received A+ grades, and an additional 12 agencies received an A grade. The federal government, overall, earned an A on this year’s government-wide scorecard.  This year’s A+ winners are the SBA, Dept. of Agriculture, Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, Dept. of the Interior, Dept. of Homeland Security, National Science Foundation, General Services Administration, Dept. of Commerce, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and Office of Personnel Management.   

The SBA plays a crucial role in setting contracting goals for each agency and collaborates closely with government buyers to emphasize the prioritization of small businesses in the procurement process. Individual agency scorecards with a detailed explanation of the methodology are available at

Highlights of the overall performance of the federal government include: 

  • For the third consecutive year, Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) spending exceeded its enhanced annual goal, set at 12% in FY23, with the federal government awarding a record-breaking $76.2 billion to SDBs. The noteworthy achievement reflects President Biden’s unwavering commitment to meeting his ambitious SDB contracting goal of 15% by FY25.
  • Service-disabled veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) spending has exceeded its 3% goal, reaching 5%. This achievement translates to $31.9 billion in procurement, reflecting a $3.8 billion spending increase compared to the previous year.  
  • Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) small businesses were awarded a record-breaking $17.5 billion in federal contract awards, marking the highest amount ever awarded in this category in the program’s history.
  • Women-owned Small Businesses (WOSB) received $30.9 billion in federal contracting dollars in FY23, up from $28.1 billion in FY22 and accounting for nearly 5% of the FY23 total eligible dollars. This marks the highest dollar amount ever awarded to WOSBs.
  • The federal government achieved its small business subcontracting goals, awarding 33.34%, or $86.4 billion, to small business subcontractors.
  • The federal government increased its contract spending with all demographic groups included in SBA’s disaggregated contracting data, which is available here.

Expanding Access to Federal Contracting:

Under the Biden-Harris Administration, the SBA has made it a top priority to expand access to federal contracting. During Administrator Guzman’s leadership, the SBA has made several strategic and targeted changes to ensure small businesses, particularly those in underserved communities, are empowered to find and take advantage of opportunities presented by President Biden’s signature legislation, including the historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, CHIPS and Science Act, and more. Actions include:

  • Releasing new guidance, “Creating a More Diverse and Resilient Federal Marketplace through Increased Participation of New and Recent Entrants.” This executive action includes several new initiatives for encouraging new entrants to the federal contracting space, including a Supplier Base Dashboard to track an agency's mix of new entrants, recent entrants, and established vendors.
  • Expanding access for small businesses to multiple-award contracts, which account for over 20% of government contracts. In January, the Office of Federal Procurement Policy directed agencies to structure those contracts with small-business participation in mind and instructed agencies to apply the small-business Rule of Two—the rule that a small business must receive a purchase if two or more small businesses are able to do the work—when using those contracts.

  • Launching an enhanced training program, “Empower to Grow,” to strengthen Small Disadvantaged Businesses’ contract readiness. This revitalization of the popular 7(j) Management and Technical Assistance program includes improved coaching, training, and technology tools to get more disadvantaged businesses contract-ready and build a diversified supplier base. In FY2023, small businesses participating in the 7(j) program saw a contract win rate of 60% and self-reported annual revenue growth of 45% on average.

  • Announcing several reforms in small business contracting, including:
    • Directing all agencies to track and evaluate the performance of each of the socioeconomic small business contracting goals in all performance plans for Senior Executive Service (SES) managers that oversee the acquisition workforce or agency programs supported by contractors.
    • Changing the government’s approach to consolidating federal contracts by reforming the Category Management program.

  • Creating special contract procedures for 8(a) participants using the GSA’s Multiple Award Schedule. The new procedures increase contracting opportunities for 8(a)-certified SDBs to ensure more equitable access to federal contracting dollars.

  • Reviewing and revising size standards to allow 78,000 additional small businesses to qualify for SBA’s programs.

FY23 Prime Contracting by Dollars and Percentages for All Categories*:

Category Goal 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
$(B) % $(B) % $(B) % $(B) % $(B) %
Small Business 23% $132.9  26.51% $145.7 26.02% $154.2  27.23% $162.9 26.50% $178.6 28.35%
Small Disadvantaged Business 12% $51.6  10.29% $59.0  10.54% $62.4  11.01% $69.9 11.38% $76.2 12.10%
Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business 3% $22.0  4.39% $23.9  4.28% $25.0  4.41% $28.1 4.57% $31.9 5.07%
Women-Owned Small Business 5% $26.0  5.19% $27.1  4.85% $26.2  4.63% $28.1 4.57% $30.9 4.91%
HUBZone 3% $11.4  2.28% $13.6  2.44% $14.3  2.53% $16.3 2.65% $17.5 2.78%

In accordance with federal law, SBA provided double credit for prime contract awards in disaster areas that were awarded as a local area set aside. SBA also included in the calculation of government-wide achievements Department of Energy first-tier subcontracts required to be included by section 318 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 (“CAA”), Public Law 113-76.

FY23 Federal Contracting Dollars to Minority-Owned Small Businesses:

Demographic Category FY20 FY21 FY22 FY23 $ increase under Biden-Harris Administration (from FY20 to FY23)
Black American $9.4 billion $9 billion $9.5 billion $10.2 billion $800 million
Hispanic American $10 billion $10.3 billion $10.6 billion $10.9 billion $943 million
Asian Americans $6.9 billion $7 billion $7.5 billion $9 billion $2.1 billion
Subcontinent Asian American $8.7 billion $9.5 billion $10.2 billion $11.5 billion $2.8 billion
Native American $15.1 billion $17.4 billion $19 billion $23.3 billion $8.2 billion

Small Business Federal Procurement Scorecard Overview: 
The annual Procurement Scorecard serves as a vital assessment tool, gauging the effectiveness of federal agencies in meeting their small business and socioeconomic prime contracting and subcontracting goals. This comprehensive Scorecard not only offers accurate and transparent contracting data, but also provides detailed reports on agency-specific progress.

Working in collaboration with federal agencies, the Small Business Administration annually assists in establishing individual prime and subcontracting goals. Moreover, the SBA ensures that the federal government, as a whole, meets or surpasses the government-wide statutory goals mandated in 15(g)(1) of the Small Business Act for each category.

To maintain the quality and accuracy of contracting data, every federal agency takes responsibility for its own data. Simultaneously, the SBA conducts supplementary analyses to identify potential data anomalies. Working alongside federal agency procurement staff, the SBA provides crucial analyses and tools to facilitate data review, enhance procurement systems, and conduct training to improve accuracy. This collaborative effort ultimately strengthens the federal government's commitment to small business participation and success in government contracts.


About the U.S. Small Business Administration 
The U.S. Small Business Administration helps power the American dream of business ownership. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit

Christine Saah Nazer
U.S. Small Business Administration
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