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Small Business Innovation Research: DOD's Program Has Developed Some Technologies that Support Military Users, but Lacks Comprehensive Data on Transition Outcomes
GAO-14-748T: Published: Jul 23, 2014. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 2014.
Transitioning technologies from defense research and technology development programs, such as through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, to military users has been a long-standing challenge for the Department of Defense (DOD). Over the past decade, Congress and DOD have taken several steps to address transition challenges in DOD's SBIR program. For example, the military departm...
Small Business Contracting: Opportunities to Improve the Effectiveness of Agency and SBA Advocates and Mentor-Protege Programs
GAO-11-844T: Published: Sep 15, 2011. Publicly Released: Sep 15, 2011.
This testimony discusses our recent work on the federal government's efforts to increase contracting opportunities for small businesses. This work covered (1) the Offices of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) at federal agencies, (2) federal mentor-protege programs, and (3) the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Procurement Center Representatives (PCR) and Commercial Market Re...
Small Business Contracting: Action Needed by Those Agencies Whose Advocates Do Not Report to Agency Heads as Required
GAO-11-418: Published: Jun 3, 2011. Publicly Released: Jun 16, 2011.
Section 15(k) of the Small Business Act requires that all federal agencies with procurement powers establish an Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) to advocate for small businesses. Section 15(k)(3) requires that OSDBU directors be responsible only to and report directly to agency or deputy agency heads. GAO was asked to assess agencies' compliance with the reporting str...
Small Business Contracting: Survey of 25 Agency Advocates (GAO-11-436SP, June 2011), an E-supplement to GAO-11-418
GAO-11-436SP: Published: Jun 3, 2011. Publicly Released: Jun 16, 2011.
This is an e-supplement to GAO-11-418. It presents the results of GAO's survey of the directors of the Offices of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) at 25 federal agencies. (The Department of Defense agencies, as well as some of the other agencies surveyed, refer to their offices as the Office of Small Business Programs. For simplicity, we use the term OSDBU for all agencies surv...
Alaska Native Corporations: Increased Use of Special 8(a) Provisions Calls for Tailored Oversight
GAO-06-874T: Published: Jun 21, 2006. Publicly Released: Jun 21, 2006.
Alaska Native corporations (ANC) were created to settle land claims with Alaska Natives and foster economic development. In 1986, legislation passed that allowed ANCs to participate in the Small Business Administration's (SBA) 8(a) program. Since then, Congress has extended special procurement advantages to 8(a) ANC firms, such as the ability to receive sole-source contracts for any dollar amount...
CEC Sale of Federal Spectrum
NSIAD-97-40R: Published: Nov 13, 1996. Publicly Released: Nov 13, 1996.
GAO provided information on the effects of the transfer of certain radio frequencies on the Navy's Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) Program. GAO noted that: (1) the government conducts about 90 percent of its radio frequency operations below 3.1 gigahertz, but only has exclusive use of 17 percent of the spectrum; (2) the federal government is required to provide a span of radio frequencies...
Small Business: Information on Eight Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization Offices
RCED-95-137: Published: Apr 14, 1995. Publicly Released: May 15, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) at eight federal agencies, focusing on: (1) whether OSDBU directors report to the required agency official and, if not, the rationale for the deviation; and (2) OSDBU activities to assist small and disadvantaged businesses (SDB) in obtaining federal contracts.GAO found that: (1) exc...
Small Business in Southern Nevada
RCED-93-36R: Published: Oct 6, 1992. Publicly Released: Oct 6, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Small Business Administration's (SBA) performance in southern Nevada, focusing on the: (1) Las Vegas district office's staffing requirements; (2) Las Vegas district office's effectiveness in approving and servicing loans; (3) extent to which federal installations in Nevada provided procurement contracts to small businesses; and (...
Federal Research: Small Business Innovation Research Program Shows Success but Can Be Strengthened
T-RCED-92-45: Published: Mar 31, 1992. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 1992.
GAO discussed the Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR), focusing on: (1) whether the SBIR Program has met its goals; (2) the reasons for minority and disadvantaged businesses' low level of Phase III SBIR Program activity; (3) the level of foreign investment and attention that SBIR awardees have attracted; and (4) changes that could improve the program. GAO noted that: (1) the SBIR Pro...
Federal Research: Small Business Innovation Research Program Shows Success But Can Be Strengthened
T-RCED-92-32: Published: Feb 26, 1992. Publicly Released: Feb 26, 1992.
GAO discussed the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, focusing on products' commercial trends in Phase III of the program, which involves the use of non-federal funds for commercial application of the technology or follow-on non-SBIR government contracts for government application. GAO noted that: (1) about half of the SBIR projects are of about the same quality as other federal res...