All Topics » Business Regulation and Consumer Protection » Small business » Small business set-asides
Small business set-asides (11 - 20 of 81 items)
8(a) Program: The Importance of Effective Fraud Prevention Controls
GAO-11-440T: Published: Mar 3, 2011. Publicly Released: Mar 3, 2011.
This testimony discusses the results of our prior investigation of the Small Business Administration's (SBA) 8(a) Business Development Program. SBA's 8(a) program, named for a section of the Small Business Act, is a development program created to help small, disadvantaged businesses compete in the American economy and access the federal procurement market. To participate in the program, a firm mus...
Small Business Administration: Steps Have Been Taken to Improve Administration of the 8(a) Program, but Key Controls for Continued Eligibility Need Strengthening
GAO-10-353: Published: Mar 30, 2010. Publicly Released: Apr 29, 2010.
The Small Business Administration's (SBA) 8(a) program helps eligible socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses compete in the economy by providing business development activities, such as counseling and technical assistance, and providing opportunities to obtain federal contracts on a set-aside basis. GAO was asked to review SBA's internal control procedures for determining 8(a) el...
8(a) Program: Fourteen Ineligible Firms Received $325 Million in Sole-Source and Set-Aside Contracts
GAO-10-425: Published: Mar 30, 2010. Publicly Released: Apr 29, 2010.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) helps socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses gain access to federal contracting opportunities through its 8(a) program. To participate, firms must be at least 51 percent owned and controlled by an individual who meets SBA's criteria of socially and economically disadvantaged. The firm must also qualify as a small business. Once certified, 8...
Small and Disadvantaged Businesses: Most Agency Advocates View Their Roles Similarly
GAO-04-451: Published: Mar 22, 2004. Publicly Released: Apr 22, 2004.
The Small Business Act is one of several laws designed to enhance the participation of small and disadvantaged businesses in federal procurement--a market that reached more than $200 billion in fiscal year 2002. Section 15(k) of the act requires that all federal agencies with procurement powers establish an Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) and specifies eight function...
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...
Information on the Number of Small Business Set-Asides Issued and Successfully Challenged
GAO-03-242R: Published: Nov 1, 2002. Publicly Released: Nov 1, 2002.
The Small Business Act requires small businesses to have the maximum practicable opportunity to participate in the performance of federal government contracts. Congress directed the President to set a governmentwide goal of at least 23 percent of the total dollar value of the federal government's prime contract awards to be awarded to small businesses each fiscal year. The small Business Administr...
Small Business: More Transparency Needed in Prime Contract Goal Program
GAO-01-551: Published: Aug 1, 2001. Publicly Released: Sep 4, 2001.
The Small Business Reauthorization Act of 1997 directed the President to set a goal of awarding not less than 23 percent of the federal government's prime contracting dollars to small business for each fiscal year. The Small Business Administration (SBA) is charged with working with federal agencies to ensure that agency goals, in the aggregate, meet or exceed the overall goal. To help SBA determi...
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...
Federal Research: DOD's Small Business Innovation Research Program
RCED-97-122: Published: Apr 30, 1997. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 1997.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed certain aspects of the Department of Defense's (DOD) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program, focusing on whether DOD's policies and procedures help ensure that: (1) quality research is performed under the funding agreements; (2) competitive procedures are being followed; and (3) technologies developed through the program are likely to...
Small Business Administration: 8(a) Is Vulnerable to Program and Contractor Abuse
OSI-95-15: Published: Sep 7, 1995. Publicly Released: Oct 6, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Small Business Administration's (SBA) 8(a) program, focusing on whether: (1) ineligible 8(a) firms have received contracts through their improper participation in the program; (2) 8(a) firms have misrepresented themselves to enter and stay in the program; (3) firms exceeding the size standard have inappropriately received 8(a) awards; (4) SBA h...