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: Mr. Couick, good to have you on.
Rodney Couick: Good morning, Tom. Thank you very much. It’s my pleasure.
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