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Small Business Administration: Agency Should Assess Resources Devoted to Contracting and Improve Several Processes in the 8(a) Program
GAO-09-16: Published: Nov 21, 2008. Publicly Released: Nov 21, 2008.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) helps small businesses gain access to federal contracting opportunities and helps socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses, known as 8(a) firms, by providing management and contracting assistance. SBA negotiates agency-specific goals to ensure that the federal government meets the statutory goal of awarding 23 percent of contract dollars to s...
HUBZone Program: SBA's Control Weaknesses Exposed the Government to Fraud and Abuse
GAO-08-964T: Published: Jul 17, 2008. Publicly Released: Jul 17, 2008.
The Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) program is intended to provide federal contracting opportunities to qualified small business firms in order to stimulate development in economically distressed areas. As manager of the HUBZone program, the Small Business Administration (SBA) is responsible for certifying whether firms meet HUBZone program requirements. To participate in the HU...
Alaska Native Corporations: Increased Use of Special 8(a) Provisions Calls for Tailored Oversight
GAO-07-1251T: Published: Sep 19, 2007. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 2007.
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...
Federal Acquisitions and Contracting: Systemic Challenges Need Attention
GAO-07-1098T: Published: Jul 17, 2007. Publicly Released: Jul 17, 2007.
In fiscal year 2006, the federal government spent over $400 billion for a wide variety of goods and services, with the Department of Defense (DOD) being the largest purchaser. Given the large and growing structural deficit, the government must get the best return it can on its investment in goods and services. For decades, GAO has reported on a number of systemic challenges in agencies' acquisitio...
Department of State Contract for Security Installation at Embassies
GAO-07-34R: Published: Nov 8, 2006. Publicly Released: Nov 8, 2006.
In March 2003, the Department of State (State) awarded a sole-source contract to EmbSEC, a Virginia limited liability corporation, for work at U.S. embassies. The contract currently has a ceiling price of $354 million. The contractor is required to install and maintain technical security equipment, such as alarms, cameras, and controlled-access equipment; establish X-ray capability for special pro...
DOE Contracting: Improved Program Management Could Help Achieve Small Business Goal
GAO-06-501: Published: Apr 7, 2006. Publicly Released: Apr 7, 2006.
Federal policy requires that small businesses receive the maximum practicable opportunity for providing goods and services to federal agencies through prime contracts--direct contracts between the government and a contractor. The Department of Energy (DOE) buys more than $20 billion in goods and services annually. GAO was asked to (1) discuss DOE's key efforts to increase small business prime cont...
Some Restructuring Needed in District's Contracting Program To Serve Minority Businesses
GGD-81-68: Published: Jun 24, 1981. Publicly Released: Jun 24, 1981.
The Minority Contracting Program, established in March 1977, is designed to expose qualified minority firms to increased business opportunities and to aid them in overcoming barriers in their attainment of professional and financial independence. The Minority Business Opportunity Commission is responsible for implementing, administering, and monitoring the program.The program has had some positive...
Size Standards for Small Businesses
109847: Jul 10, 1979
The Small Business Administration (SBA) uses size standards to determibility for Federal Small Business Assistance programs, but many of the size standards do not direct assistance to the target group of businesses which are "struggling to become or remain competitive." It was found that the standands often define as small a high percentage of industry firms controlling most of an industry's sales...