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In response to Hurricane Katrina, the Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Defense (DOD), the General Services Administration (GSA), and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) were responsible for 94 percent of the federal funds awarded for relief efforts via contracting as of May 2006.
Alaska Native corporations (ANC) were created to settle land claims with Alaska Natives and foster economic development. In 1986, legislation passed that allowed ANCs to participate in the Small Business Administration's (SBA) 8(a) program.
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a three phase program that increases the use of small businesses to meet federal research needs and encourages commercialization of this research. Venture capital is one source of funding to help commercialize SBIR projects.
The federal government has been pursuing electronic initiatives to strengthen its buying processes, reduce costs, and create a competitive "virtual" marketplace. Small businesses, however, may have difficulty participating in federal on-line procurement programs.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed Internet-related cramming, which is the inclusion of unauthorized, misleading, or deceptive charges on a consumer's telephone bill, focusing on: (1) the extent of cramming complaints; (2) state and federal regulatory initiatives to protect consumers...
In 1978, Congress amended the Small Business Act to strengthen the assistance programs for minority-owned small businesses. A provision for periodic review of the programs by GAO was included in the amendments to the act.