Accession Number : ADP002832

Title :   Strengthening Small Business Participation in Department of Defense Extramural Research and Development,

Corporate Author : DEFENSE TECHNICAL INFORMATION CENTER ALEXANDRIA VA

Personal Author(s) : Dennis,B. K.

Report Date : 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 5

Abstract : This paper discusses steps taken by the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) to strengthen small business participation in DoD extramural R&D, indicates a need for explicit attention to information transfer requirements by R&D contract administrators and concludes with a suggestion to the DoD contract administration community. Many factors impede small business efforts to do R&D business with the federal government. These run the gamut from federal procurement policies, regulations, and procedures; beliefs, biases, and practices of federal R&D people and their management systems; and the formidable advantages of bigness in the federal marketplace. Information transfer issues exacerbate the impacts of all the above and further reduce small business capabilities to compete for and to perform federal agency-- particularly DoD--R&D projects. The studies and testimony leading to the Small Business Innovation Development Act of 1982 indicated a need for change in federal agency approaches to R&D contracting. DTIC's approach has been to mitigate the impacts of information transfer barriers on small R&D firm efforts to do business with DoD. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Research management, *Participative management, *Information transfer, United States Government, Government procurement, Contract administration, Industries, Resources, Management planning and control, Management information systems, Technical information centers, Symposia

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE