IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday January 31, 2013

MBRT Urges Swift Senate Confirmation of Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense


Washington, D.C. – "The Pentagon needs leaders who can utilize the resources of America's greatest asse t- the technology and innovation of America's small, minority, women and veteran-owned businesses," said Roger A. Campos President & CEO. "With contracting dollars likely to go down this year and the Pentagon not meeting its 23% small business goals year after year, Chuck Hagel has an opportunity to reverse the slide of actual contracting dollars going to small business over the last three fiscal years." (FY10-$60.1B: FY11-$57.6B: FY12-$56.1B: Source: smallbusiness.data.gov)

"We need a new strategy to achieve and expand contracting goals by directing chief acquisition officers to utilize Small Business First as the preferred method of contracting; and would like to hear Chuck Hagel's views on utilizing small, minority and women business to create jobs. Increasing goals just two percent of the government's $600 billion annual spend will add $12 billion in contracts creating hundreds of thousands of new jobs across America, restoring confidence in the economy and reducing unemployment in distressed communities... and it will not cost the taxpayer one extra dime. As the largest government agency purchasing goods and services, DOD should lead these efforts."


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