USDA Small Business Programs - Full Small Business Participation & Clearance Process for Contracts Not Set-aside or Reserved for Small Business Participation
All USDA employees involved in the acquisition planning, strategy, and execution phases must fully consider and utilize small businesses when identifying contractors that can meet USDA requirements to achieve USDA program goals. This regulation prescribes small business set-aside policies, responsibilities, and procedures for the clearance of contracts over the simplified acquisition threshold not set-aside or reserved for small business participation, including bundled contracts. Open market acquisitions of supplies and services over the micro-purchase amount and under the simplified acquisition threshold are statutorily reserved for small business concerns. This policy applies to all acquisitions, including those developed and executed outside the Washington, DC, metropolitan area.