The Small Business Administration is gearing up its Procurement Automated Source System to help small companies obtain contracts for reconstruction projects in Kuwait, according to Stan Nakano, SBA director for Utah.

"Small businesses can greatly improve their chances to secure reconstruction work in Kuwait by listing their company profiles in the PASS Systems. PASS puts small businesses on a widely available list of companies interested in prime and subcontracts," he said.He also is encouraging large companies planning to compete for Kuwait reconstruction contracts to use PASS as a source to find experience, capable small business contractors for subcontracts.

PASS is a computerized directory containing detailed profiles of more than 210,000 small businesses interested in government prime and subcontracts.

Nakano said the SBA is printing new PASS application forms that will have a space in which businesses can indicate interest in Kuwait-related work. The agency also is providing PASS information directly to prime contractors and assigning a procurement specialist to the Department of Commerce's Gulf Reconstruction Center, which can be reached by calling (202) 377-5767.