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Review of Programs Designed To Assist Businesses Owned by Minorities and Other Disadvantaged Individuals
B-149685: Published: Jun 21, 1979. Publicly Released: May 6, 1985.
In 1978, Congress amended the Small Business Act to strengthen the assistance programs for minority-owned small businesses. A provision for periodic review of the programs by GAO was included in the amendments to the act. Meetings were held with the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Associate Administrator for Minority Business Development to keep abreast of SBA plans to implement the amendmen...
Proposals for Minimizing the Impact of the 8(a) Program on Defense Procurement
PLRD-83-4: Published: Oct 12, 1982. Publicly Released: Oct 12, 1982.
GAO evaluated the impact of the Small Business Administration (SBA) 8(a) program on the Department of Defense (DOD), which is the program's largest participant, to: (1) determine whether procurement activities received fair market prices, acceptable quality, and timely delivery of goods and services procured through the 8(a) program; (2) identify any negative impacts and their causes; and (3) deve...
Misuse of SBA's 8(a) Program Increased Cost for Many ADP Equipment Acquisitions
AFMD-82-9: Published: Oct 16, 1981. Publicly Released: Nov 16, 1981.
GAO reviewed the use of contracts under Section 8(a) of the Small Business Act by various federal agencies as a means of acquiring automatic data processing (ADP) equipment. GAO sought to determine whether government computer acquisition opportunities are being made available to as many small and disadvantaged businesses as possible under the 8(a) program and if federal procurement policies and re...
SBA's Progress in Implementing the Public Law 95-507 Surety Bond Waiver Provision and the 8(a) Pilot Program
116389: Sep 22, 1981
The Small Business Administration (SBA) has published proposed rules and regulations for surety bond waivers. The surety bond waiver provision called for a 2-year pilot effort to help certain small businesses obtain contracts even if they could not obtain the necessary bonding. For a qualified small business, SBA has the authority to waive any amount of any bond otherwise required on any governmen...
The Small Business Administration's 8(a) Pilot Program
116444: Sep 21, 1981
GAO commented on a bill that would extend the Small Business Administration's (SBA) 8(a) Pilot Program for an additional 18 months. In an earlier testimony, GAO pointed out that the program had not been successful, and it concluded that the success of the program depended on the ability of SBA to have information available on the qualifications of 8(a) firms. SBA needs to know enough about procure...
The SBA 8(a) Procurement Program--A Promise Unfulfilled
CED-81-55: Published: Apr 8, 1981. Publicly Released: Apr 8, 1981.
The 8(a) Procurement Program of the Small Business Administration (SBA) is designed to channel noncompetitive federal contracts to disadvantaged small businesses to help them to become self-sufficient. The program also provides management, technical, marketing, and financial aid. A review was made of the program's implementation.The program has had some benefits: the formation of many disadvantage...
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...
The Small Business Administration's 8(a) Pilot Program
114222: Jan 23, 1981
The Small Business Administration (SBA) has the authority to enter into procurement contracts with federal agencies for the purpose of subcontracting to small businesses to help them achieve a competitive position in the marketplace. A special pilot contracting program between the Army and SBA was created. In the regular 8(a) program, agencies volunteer these contracts. In the pilot program, SBA h...
Review of Eligibility Criteria for the Small Business Administration's 8(a) Procurement Program
095413: Jun 20, 1978
A review of the eligibility criteria for the Small Business Administration's (SBA) 8(a) procurement program was conducted to determine whether SBA offices were uniformly applying the eligibility criteria for determining an applicant's economic or social disadvantage for participation in the program. The review centered on analysis of the 28 applications in SBA Region IX for fiscal year 1977. The r...
Ways To Increase the Number, Type, and Timeliness of 8(a) Procurement Contracts
CED-78-48: Published: Feb 1, 1978. Publicly Released: Feb 1, 1978.
The overall objective of the 8(a) program under the Small Business Act of 1953 is to provide government procurement assistance to disadvantaged business owners to assist them in developing their capability to compete effectively on the open market. Small Business Administration (SBA) officials involved in the 8(a) program were contracted to obtain their opinion on how to: increase the number of fe...