Small Business Act:

Air Force's Disadvantaged Business Advocate Not Reporting to Proper Management Level

GGD-87-88: Published: Jun 22, 1987. Publicly Released: Jun 22, 1987.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Air Force's compliance with the Small Business Act to determine whether the Director of its Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) was reporting to the Secretary or Under Secretary, as the act required.

GAO found that the Air Force was not complying with the act because the Director, OSDBU, was reporting to an Assistant Secretary, rather than to the Secretary or Under Secretary.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: On February 3, 1988, the Air Force took action to ensure that the Director, OSDBU, was responsible only to and reports directly to the Undersecretary of the Air Force.

    Recommendation: To bring the Air Force into compliance with section 15(k)(3) of the Small Business Act, the Secretary of the Air Force should require the Director, OSDBU, to be responsible only to and report directly to the Secretary or Under Secretary.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Air Force


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