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Government Contracting and Small Businesses

By Carol D. Leonnig
October 22, 2008


Carol D. Leonnig

Washington Post Government Accountability Reporter

Wednesday, October 22, 2008; 2:00 PM

Washington 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.

The transcript follows.

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?


Carol D. 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 business contracting.


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.

To view full article, click here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/discussion/2008/10/21/DI2008102102066.html



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