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Waivers of the Small Business Administration's Nonmanufacturer Rule Have Limited Effect
GAO-03-311R: Published: Dec 19, 2002. Publicly Released: Jan 22, 2003.
Under section 8(a) of the Small Business Act, the Small Business Administration (SBA) conducts a program for developing small businesses that are owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. Participants can receive contracts under acquisitions that federal agencies offer to the 8(a) program as well as business development assistance from SBA. A firm that receives a supply contrac...
Small Business: HUBZone Program Suffers From Reporting and Implementation Difficulties
GAO-02-57: Published: Oct 26, 2001. Publicly Released: Nov 27, 2001.
Congress created the Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) program to stimulate economic development and create jobs in distressed urban and rural areas. To achieve these goals, the HUBZone program provides small businesses with greater access to federal contracting opportunities. Reported HUBZone program achievements for fiscal year 2000 were inaccurate because of data entry errors a...
Federal Procurement: Trends and Challenges in Contracting With Women-Owned Small Businesses
GAO-01-346: Published: Feb 16, 2001. Publicly Released: Feb 16, 2001.
Procurement regulations implemented in 1996 mandated that women-owned small businesses (WOSB) receive five percent of governmentwide contracts. Although the number of contracts awarded to WOSBs has risen more than four times as fast as other federal contracting efforts since 1996, the goal of awarding five percent of federal contracts to WOSBs has not been met. More agencies succeeded in meeting...
Small Business: Information on Selected Treasury 8(a) Contracts
GGD-99-89R: Published: May 13, 1999. Publicly Released: May 13, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on 8(a) contracting activities for fiscal years (FY) 1996 through 1998 in certain offices within the Department of the Treasury, focusing on: (1) a comparison of Departmental Offices' 8(a) contract goals with Treasury's departmentwide 8(a) contract goals; (2) the total number of Departmental Offices' contracts and 8(a) contracts as well...
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: Status of SBA's 8(a) Minority Business Development Program
T-RCED-95-122: Published: Mar 6, 1995. Publicly Released: Mar 6, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Small Business Administration's (SBA) 8(a) business development program and the Department of Defense's (DOD) small disadvantaged business program. GAO noted that: (1) while SBA has improved certain aspects of the 8(a) program and increased the total value of new 8(a) contracts awarded, it has not yet implemented key changes mandated by Congre...
Energy Management: DOE Can Improve Distribution of Dollars Awarded Under SBA's 8(a) Program
RCED-94-28: Published: Feb 23, 1994. Publicly Released: Mar 25, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the distribution of Department of Energy (DOE) contract awards to firms participating in the Small Business Administration's 8(a) program, focusing on whether DOE: (1) distributes its 8(a) contract funding equitably; and (2) has complied with noncompetitive contract award requirements.GAO found that: (1) DOE awarded 58 percent of its 8(a) contracts...
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 (...
The 8(a) Pilot Program for Disadvantaged Small Businesses Has Not Been Effective
CED-81-22: Published: Jan 23, 1981. Publicly Released: Jan 23, 1981.
The implementation of the 8(a) pilot contracting program of the Small Business Administration (SBA) is discussed. SBA awards procurement contracts under this program to socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses for the purpose of helping them become competitive. When SBA uses the pilot program, it has the exclusive authority to designate procurement requirements. The Department of t...
Status Report on Small and Small Minority Business Subcontracting and Waiver of Surety Bonding for 8(a) Firms
CED-80-130: Published: Aug 20, 1980. Publicly Released: Aug 20, 1980.
The Small Business Act was amended to emphasize the use of subcontracting as a method of promoting the long-term viability of small and minority businesses. The Small Business Administration (SBA) is authorized to provide financial assistance to large businesses for the purpose of training and upgrading potential small and small minority contractors. This authority generally has not been used. The...