Purchasing & Small Business

Maximum Practicable Opportunity Analysis Model

The small business Maximum Practicable (MaxPrac) Opportunity Analysis Model is an analytic methodology that uses Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS) acquisition data to identify potential opportunities for increased Small Business (SB) participation in unclassified contract awards.

There are two (2) separate versions of MaxPrac:

  1. DoD only data
  2. Federal civilian agencies as a collective whole

The result sets produced by MaxPrac are listings of organization / North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) combinations which significantly underperformed in SB participation in the prior fiscal year compared to either DoD or to the federal civilian agencies as a collective whole in the same NAICS.

The MaxPrac Model only includes data remaining after goaling exclusions have been applied.

The results produced by MaxPrac make a statistically compelling argument for increased SB participation. However, there are valid reasons why increased SB performance within some organization/NAICS combinations, as identified by MaxPrac, may not be realized. MaxPrac is simply a way to identify NAICS within an organization in which SB performance is subpar in comparison to a higher level in the organization’s hierarchical chain in the same NAICS. Additional investigation and Market Research will be required for each organization/NAICS combination identified by MaxPrac to determine whether or not increased SB participation is possible. [1]


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