Post Government Accountability Reporter
October 22, 2008; 2:00 PM
Post government accountability reporter Carol D. Leonnig was online Wednesday,
Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. ET to discuss problems with the government's measurements of
its contracting work with small businesses.
Washington: In the article you mention the
American Small Business League ... how representative is this organization of
small businesses in the U.S., and why is its voice not heard more often -- and
more loudly -- on the issues you raise?
Leonnig: I'd like to give a tip of the hat to The American
Small Business League, which definitely has shone a light on this problem for
years and which is like a junkyard dog on the subject. It, and leader Lloyd
Chapman, will not give up.
That said, I
think at times the organization has been viewed as so strident in its arguments
that it has turned off some of its adversaries, and even some of its potential
allies. That's not my field of expertise, but I've picked up on that vibe in
reporting on this relatively small community of folks who work in small
Still, at the
core, despite the strong language and the as-yet unproven allegations of
widespread government fraud, the league's complaints about the U.S. government
overstating small businesses' share of federal work have been validated time
and again by independent reporting.
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