Small Business Act:

DOT's Disadvantaged Business Advocate Reports to Proper Management Level

GGD-87-11: Published: Oct 31, 1986. Publicly Released: Oct 31, 1986.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Transportation's (DOT) compliance with a subsection of the Small Business Act that describes the required reporting level for the Director of its Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU).

GAO interviewed the Director, OSDBU, and reviewed organizational charts, a description of the Director's responsibilities, a prior Director's performance evaluation, and management instructions concerning OSDBU establishment, mission, reporting level, and current operations. GAO found that, from the inception of OSDBU in 1979, its Director has been responsible only to, and has reported directly to, the Secretary or Deputy Secretary. GAO concluded that DOT is in compliance with Small Business Act provisions concerning the OSDBU Director's required reporting level.

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