The nation's small
businesses are being "cheated" because of serious flaws within the
federal procurement process, Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) said this week.
In a letter that Vitter wrote
to Maria Contreras-Sweet, administrator of the Small Business Administration,
he slammed her agency for discrepancies within the recent annual procurement
scorecard, which outlines the proportion of federal contracts going toward
The Small Business Act
requires that, of the federal government contracts awarded each year, 23 percent
must go to small businesses. But, in Vitter's estimation, a number of
ineligible firms are being factored in to hit the requirement. He also accuses
the SBA of skirting any explanation of the figures and putting off an event to
release the latest scorecard.
undoubtedly exist in calculating and accurately reporting the number of
government contracts annually awarded to small businesses," writes Vitter,
who is also chairman of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee. "Simply
ignoring the problem does nothing to help small businesses. Without
transparency and accountability in the process, the numbers are
His letter recounts that in
2013, the Obama administration reportedly met the 23 percent benchmark, the
first time that goal was reached in eight years. Yet later it was discovered
that $400 million in federal contracts were awarded to firms that are not
eligible to be considered small businesses under the law.
For the fiscal year 2014
numbers, the federal government's "Small Business Dashboard"
indicates that a whopping 25 percent of government-wide contracts went to small
businesses. That percent would be a record amount…
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