chairman has asked the Small Business Administration to provide him with a list
of every company that was counted toward the federal government’s small
business contracting goal in 2014.
the SBA reported the government had met its goal of awarding small businesses
23 percent of all federal contracting dollars for the first time in eight
expecting even better results when we release the 2014 scorecard in the coming weeks,”
SBA Administrator Maria
Contreras-Sweet said May 8, during a White House event honoring
National Small Business Week award winners.
report by Public Citizen questioned the accuracy of the SBA’s procurement
report for 2013. It found that contracts awarded to giant federal contractors
such as Lockheed Martin were counted as small businesses in the SBA’s numbers.
This is just the latest example of flaws
in the SBA’s contracting data though the years.
became clear that the SBA was planning to announce that the government exceeded
its goal in 2014, I asked the SBA to provide a list of all the federal
contractors that it counted as small businesses, so people could judge for
themselves whether its report is accurate.
Now Sen. David
Vitter, the Louisiana Republican who chairs the Senate Small
Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, has asked for that information as
has not done enough to show how it reaches its procurement figures,” Vitter
asked Tuesday in a letter
to Contreras-Sweet. “Accordingly, I ask that you produce a clear
list of the names of every contractor that counted towards the small business
procurement goal for FY 2014, the size of the contractor, and the amount of the
contract(s) awarded to that contractor.”
like many other small business advocates, is skeptical about the accuracy of
SBA’s contracting goal reports.
“Serious flaws undoubtedly exist in calculating and accurately
reporting the number of government contracts annually awarded to small
business,” he wrote Contreras-Sweet. “Simply ignoring the problem does nothing
to help small business. Without transparency and accountability in the process,
the numbers are meaningless. Drawing attention to them only hides the
significant problems small businesses face in obtaining government contracts,
and stifles efforts to reform the system.”
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