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.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. 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 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

  2. 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

 

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