Small Business is vital to the success of Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory and its mission. We have maintained a strong institutional commitments to Small Business over the years and it is my intention that we continue that commitment. In fact, that commitment is formalized in our Prime contract with Department of Energy with an aggressive annual small business goal of approximately over 50%. We must work together as an institution, and as an individual contributor, in taking an active role of providing the Small Business community and four neighbor community maximum opportunity to participate in the LBNL subcontracts.
On behalf of the Laboratory, the Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO) division, through its Procurement and Small Business operations, holds the major charter to maximize the use of small business while ensuring that we meet the needs of the Labs and our internal customers. Please continue to work with our Procurement organization and Small Business Office to developing acquisition strategies that maximize small business participation without compromise to business requirements. Thank you for your continued support.
It is Berkeley Lab's policy to support and foster the Small Business Program policies of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). An inherent part of this mandate is the realization that economic, political, and demographic changes in our community demand and underscore the importance of expanding access to, and participation in, contractual opportunities for small, HUBZone, service-disabled/veteran-owned, small disadvantaged, 8(a) and women-owned businesses.
Generally speaking, the Laboratory accepts self-certification for business size. Small disadvantaged, 8(a) and HUBZone business enterprises must, however, comply with certification requirements, criteria and size standards for these businesses as determined by the U.S. Small Business Administration, and specifically defined in the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR).