Justice's Disadvantaged Business Advocate:

Disadvantaged Business Advocate Not Reporting to Proper Management Level

GGD-86-7: Published: Dec 13, 1985. Publicly Released: Dec 13, 1985.

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In studying the Department of Justice's procurement systems, GAO found that the Director of the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) was not reporting to the proper level of agency management.

The Small Business Act requires the Director, OSDBU, to account and report directly to the Attorney General or Deputy Attorney General; however, he currently reports to a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Justice Management Division, which is several levels below the Deputy Attorney General's office. Although Congress mandated a direct working relationship between the Director and the Deputy Attorney General in order to maximize the Director's effectiveness as a small and disadvantaged business advocate, GAO was advised that there has been no direct communication between them since 1981.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: Justice memoranda reiterated its need to follow Justice regulations, 28 C.F.R. 0.18a, which states that the Director, OSDBU, will report to and be responsible only to the Deputy Attorney General, and will provide the Director's Annual Performance Evaluation.

    Recommendation: The Attorney General should require that the Director, OSDBU, report directly to the Deputy Attorney General.

    Agency Affected: Department of Justice

  2. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: Justice memoranda reiterated its need to follow Justice regulations, 28 C.F.R. 0.18a, which states that the Director, OSDBU, will report to and be responsible only to the Deputy Attorney General, and will provide the Director's Annual Performance Evaluation.

    Recommendation: The Attorney General should require that the Deputy Attorney General, rather than a lower management official, evaluate the performance of the Director, OSDBU.

    Agency Affected: Department of Justice

 

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