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HUBZone Program: Actions Taken on February 2015 GAO Recommendations
GAO-16-423R: Published: Mar 24, 2016. Publicly Released: Mar 24, 2016.
As of March 8, 2016, the Small Business Administration (SBA) had taken some actions to address but had not fully implemented the two recommendations GAO made in February 2015 to address weaknesses in SBA’s oversight of the Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) program. The program provides federal contracting preferences to small businesses located in HUBZone areas that also employ...
Alaska Native Corporations: Oversight Weaknesses Continue to Limit SBA's Ability to Monitor Compliance with 8(a) Program Requirements
GAO-16-113: Published: Mar 21, 2016. Publicly Released: Mar 21, 2016.
GAO has reported in the past that the Small Business Administration's (SBA) ability to enforce regulations prohibiting the award of follow-on, sole-source contracts to 8(a) subsidiary firms of the same Alaska Native Corporation (ANC) relies on contract information from other federal agencies that is sometimes incomplete. SBA's regulations prohibit program participants from receiving an 8(a) sole-s...
8(a) Subcontracting Limitations: Continued Noncompliance with Monitoring Requirements Signals Need for Regulatory Change
GAO-14-706: Published: Sep 16, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 2014.
Similar to prior GAO findings from April 2006 and January 2012, contracting officers are generally not collecting information on the amount of subcontracted work performed under the 8(a) contracts reviewed, as required. The amount of work prime contractors must perform differs according to what is being procured. For example, the subcontractor's personnel costs are not to exceed 50 percent of the...
Small Business Programs: Efforts to Address Internal Control Weaknesses and Potential Duplication
GAO-11-558T: Published: Jun 16, 2011. Publicly Released: Jun 16, 2011.
Economic development programs-- administered efficiently and effectively--can contribute to the well-being of the economy at the least cost to taxpayers. Such programs can encompass small business development and contracting. To encourage such contracting, Congress created programs--such as the Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone), service-disabled veteran-owned small business, and 8...
HUBZone Program: Fraud and Abuse Identified in Four Metropolitan Areas
GAO-09-519T: Published: Mar 25, 2009. Publicly Released: Mar 25, 2009.
Created in 1997, the HUBZone program provides federal contracting assistance to small businesses in economically distressed communities, or HUBZone areas, with the intent of stimulating economic development in those areas. On July 17, 2008, we testified before Congress that SBA's lack of controls over the HUBZone program exposed the government to fraud and abuse and that SBA's mechanisms to certif...
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...
Small Business Contracting: Observations from Reviews of Contracting and Advocacy Activities of Federal Agencies
GAO-07-1255T: Published: Sep 26, 2007. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 2007.
The federal government's long-standing policy has been to use its buying power to maximize procurement opportunities for various types of small businesses. GAO initiated work and completed a report in March 2007 under the Comptroller General's authority describing the extent to which small businesses participated in contracting opportunities related to Hurricane Katrina. This testimony discusses (...
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...
Hurricane Katrina: Agency Contracting Data Should Be More Complete Regarding Subcontracting Opportunities for Small Business
GAO-07-698T: Published: Apr 12, 2007. Publicly Released: Apr 12, 2007.
In response to Hurricane Katrina, the Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Defense (DOD), the General Services Administration (GSA), and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) were responsible for over 90 percent of the federal funds awarded for relief efforts via contracting as of March 2007. GAO initiated work and completed a report under the Comptroller General's authority last month de...