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Federal Government Exceeds Small Business Contracting Goals by Awarding Record-Breaking $132.9 Billion to Small Businesses

Women-Owned Contracting Goal Met for the Second Time in Scorecard History; $1 Billion in Federal Contracts Awarded to Small Businesses in Portland District
Release Date: 
Friday, August 14, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore. – The U.S. Small Business Administration announces the federal government exceeded its small business federal contracting goal, awarding 26.5% – or $132.9 billion – in federal contract dollars to small businesses, a more than $12 billion increase from the previous fiscal year. 

Additionally, the Fiscal Year 2019 Small Business Federal Procurement Scorecard marks the second time in Scorecard history the women-owned small business contracting goal of 5% was met.*

The federal government also added a record-breaking one million jobs to the American economy with $132.9 billion in prime contract dollars awarded to small businesses and $90.7 billion in subcontracts awarded.  Overall, the federal government earned an “A” on this year’s government-wide Scorecard.  

“I’m thrilled to report that the federal government exceeded its set goals and awarded a significant $132 billion to small businesses in FY19,” said SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza.  “There is good news for women-owned small businesses too.  For the second time in the history of the Scorecard, the federal government has met the women’s contracting goal. For the seventh year in a row, the federal government has also exceeded the contracting goal set for service-disabled veterans.  The federal prime and subcontracts awarded to small businesses in FY19 equate to more than one million jobs created.  Every contract that gets in the hands of a small business is a win-win for our nation, entrepreneurs and their employees, and the communities they support. This is especially important now, as our economy recovers from the pandemic-related setbacks.”

FY 2019 Small Business Federal Procurement Scorecard

The individual agency scorecards released by the SBA, as well as a detailed explanation of the methodology, is available online.

  • In FY 2019, the federal government exceeded the service-disabled veteran-owned small business and small disadvantaged business goals and the prime contract dollar awards in all small business categories increased from previous years.


  • The federal government also exceeded its subcontract goals for awards to small businesses and women-owned small businesses and awarded more than $90 billion in subcontracts to all small businesses.  

*Prime Contract Goal Achievements by Dollars and Percentages

National Totals

National Contracting chart

Prime Contract Goal Achievements by Dollars and Percentages:

SBA Portland District (covers Oregon and southwest Washington)

Local Prime Contracting

** Part of Small Business goal
* Part of Small Disadvantaged Business goal

FY 2019 Prime Contract Goal Achievements by Dollars and Percentages:
States in the Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest Contracting
* Part of Small Disadvantaged Business goal
** Part of Small Business goal

“Federal procurement is a strategic way for a small business to grow and diversify its client base. Since the federal government is the world’s largest customer, the opportunities for small firms are vast and plentiful,” SBA Pacific Northwest Regional Administrator Jeremy Field said. “With a variety of certification and technical assistance programs – paired with procurement representatives advocating on behalf of small businesses to federal contracting officers – the SBA works from multiple angles to see as many contracts go to small firms as possible.”

The SBA continues to collaborate with federal agencies to expand small business opportunities for small business contractors to compete and win federal contracts. The FY 2019 Scorecard analyzed the prime contracting and subcontracting performance and other contributing factors, which resulted in an overall “A” grade for the federal government. Eight agencies received A+, 14 received a grade of “A” and two received a “B” grade.

Small Business Federal Procurement Scorecard Overview

The annual Procurement Scorecard is an assessment tool to: (1) measure how well federal agencies reach their small business and socio-economic prime contracting and subcontracting goals; (2) provide accurate and transparent contracting data and (3) report agency-specific progress. 

The prime and subcontracting component goals include goals for small businesses, small businesses owned by women, small disadvantaged businesses, service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses, and small businesses located in Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZones).

Every year, the SBA works with each agency to set their prime and subcontracting goals and their performance is based on the agreed upon goals. Each federal agency has a different small business contracting goal, determined annually in consultation with the SBA. The SBA ensures that the sum total of all of the goals exceeds the 23 percent target for the federal government as well as the socio-economic goals established by law.  

While each federal agency is responsible for ensuring the quality of its own contracting data, SBA conducts additional analyses to help agencies identify potential data anomalies. As part of its ongoing data quality efforts, the SBA works with federal agency procurement staff to provide analysis and tools to facilitate review of data, implement improvements to procurement systems and conduct training to improve accuracy.

For more information about contracting resources for small businesses, visit


About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. 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 and grow their businesses. It delivers services to people through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit The Portland District serves Oregon and southwest Washington with its office Portland.