Business Regulation and Consumer Protection:

Duplicate Programs To Identify Minority Businesses

PLRD-82-58: Published: Mar 23, 1982. Publicly Released: Mar 23, 1982.

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Federal agency activities designed to promote Government contracting with socially and economically disadvantaged businesses have, in some cases, resulted in duplicative efforts.

GAO reviewed programs in six agencies and found that duplication existed among three of them, including the: (1) Small Business Administration (SBA); (2) Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA); and (3) Department of Defense (DOD). However, because GAO surveyed only six Government agencies, the potential exists that similar activities are occurring in other agencies.

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  • Review Pending-GAO has not yet assessed implementation status.
  • Open-Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned, or actions that partially satisfy the intent of the recommendation have been taken.
  • Closed-implemented-Actions that satisfy the intent of the recommendation have been taken.
  • Closed-not implemented-While the intent of the recommendation has not been satisfied, time or circumstances have rendered the recommendation invalid.
    • Review Pending
    • Open
    • Closed - implemented
    • Closed - not implemented

    Recommendations for Executive Action

    Recommendation: The Director of the Office of Management and Budget should direct his staff to meet with SBA, MBDA, and DOD officials to clarify authority to collect and maintain data on socially and economically disadvantaged businesses.

    Agency Affected: Executive Office of the President: Office of Management and Budget

    Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Director of the Office of Management and Budget should survey all executive branch agencies to determine if similar activities are occurring, and if so, take appropriate action to eliminate duplication.

    Agency Affected: Executive Office of the President: Office of Management and Budget

    Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

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