“In conducting procurements on behalf of other agencies, the General Services Administration’s Assisted Acquisition Service often turns to small business, specifically the Small Business Innovation Research Program, to get new technology into the government. For his work in this area, Rodney Couick, director of Assisted Acquisition Services for GSA’s Great Lakes region, won a prize known as a Tibbetts Award from the Small Business Administration.
Tom Temin: So tell us about Assisted Acquisition Service and how it relates to the Small Business Innovation Research, the SBIR program from SBA, how do the two connect?
Rodney Couick: Well, as you mentioned, I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as the director of assisted acquisition services, or AAS, for the Great Lakes region, which we’ll refer to as R5. Our mission is to award and administer contracts and task orders on behalf of external customers on a fee-for-service basis. With SBIR, or Small Business Innovation Research. As you mentioned, it is a competitive award program. It’s coordinated with the US Small Business Administration. Our goal in AAS is to bring innovative solutions to the federal marketplace, support the growth of American small businesses, facilitate job creation and positive economic impact and strengthen our industrial base. Most of the contracts that we do are for…” Read the full interview here.
Source: Leading the charge for small business innovation at the GSA – By Tom Temin, February 19, 2021. Federal News Network.