SBA Small Business Procurement Awards are Not Always Going to Small Businesses

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Robert G. Seabrooks
DIANE Publishing, 2007 - 20 pages
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At the request of the U.S. Senate, the Small Business Admin. (SBA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducted an evaluation to determine whether small business procurement awards reported by the SBA in FY2001 & 2002 were indeed awarded to companies that were small at the time of the award. The OIG further examined issues related to small business gov't. contracting. This report presents the results of this evaluation.

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Page 1988 - For the purposes of this Act, a small-business concern shall be deemed to be one which is independently owned and operated and which is not dominant in its field of operation.
Page 1986 - Government should aid, counsel, assist, and protect, insofar as is possible, the interests of small business concerns in order to preserve free competitive enterprise, to insure that a fair proportion of the total purchases and contracts or subcontracts for property and services for the Government (including but not limited to contracts or subcontracts for maintenance, repair, and construction) be placed with small business enterprises...
Page 6 - Government procurement reserved (ie, set aside) for small businesses, such nonmanufacturer must furnish, in the performance of the contract, the product of a small business manufacturer or producer, which end product must be manufactured or produced in the United States. The term "nonmanufacturer...
Page 2002 - Multiple item procurements. (a) If a procurement calls for two or more specific end items with different size standards and the offerer may submit an offer on any or all end items, the offerer must meet the size standard for each end item for which it submits an offer.
Page 1994 - ... (j) Each contract for the procurement of goods and services which has an anticipated value of less than $10,000 and which is subject to small purchase procedures shall be reserved exclusively for small business concerns unless the contracting officer is unable to obtain offers from two or more small business concerns...
Page 1994 - ... unless the contracting officer determines there is not a reasonable expectation of obtaining offers from two or more responsible small business concerns that are competitive in terms of market prices, quality, and delivery.
Page 1988 - Government-wide goal for participation by small business concerns shall be established at not less than 23 percent of the total value of all prime contract awards for each fiscal year.
Page 2 - set-aside for small business" is the reserving of an acquisition exclusively for participation by small business concerns. A small business set-aside may be open to all small businesses. A small business set-aside of a single acquisition or a class of acquisitions may be total or partial. (b) The determination to make a small business set-aside may be unilateral or joint. A unilateral determination is one that is made...
Page 2000 - Businesses, a contracting officer cannot assume nor is there guidance that suggests that a business listed on PRO-Net is an eligible small business for a specific procurement.
Page 1996 - ... contracts may be credited toward the ordering activity's small business goals. For purposes of reporting an order placed with a small business schedule contractor, an ordering agency may only take credit if the awardee meets a size standard that corresponds to the work performed. Ordering activities should rely on the small business representations made by schedule contractors at the contract level.

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