In fiscal 2015, the U.S. Agency for International Development awarded 18 percent of U.S. transactions to small businesses, exceeding its target of 14 percent, according to the agency. This was the fifth year in a row USAID surpassed its small business utilization target. For the third year in a row, USAID earned at least an A grade on the federal government’s small business scorecard which measures how well federal agencies reach their small business contracting and subcontracting goals.
The USAID Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization is responsible for monitoring USAID's implementation and execution of small business programs. OSDBU generally defines a small business as “independently owned and operated, not dominant in the field of operation in which it is bidding on government contracts.”