PETALUMA, CA--(Marketwired - June 21, 2017) -
According to the American Small Business League, Professor Charles
Tiefer has been widely recognized as one of the nation's leading experts on
government contracting, federal contracting law and legislation. He is a
Professor of Law at the University of Baltimore School of Law.
Professor Tiefer has written
opinions that challenge the accuracy of small business contracting data
released by the Small Business Administration. He has now written an article
Administration Fails At Creating Jobs By Missing Small Business Contract
Targets". The article was published on Forbes.com and points out the
SBA significantly inflated government small business data by including billions
in federal contracts to Fortune 500 firms in the volume of contracts the SBA
claimed were awarded to small businesses.
May 18th, the Small
Business Administration released their report for fiscal year 2016 claiming
small businesses received $99.96 billion in federal contracts and 24.34 percent
of all federal contracts in 2016.
In his article, Professor
Tiefer states, "Of the $99.96 billion the SBA claimed went to small
businesses, it appears no more than 50% of that number went to firms that
currently legally qualify as small businesses. In reality, legitimate small
businesses may well have received no more than $50 billion in federal contracts
and subcontracts in FY 2016. That would come out to just mid-single digit
percentages of the full level of federal acquisitions for FY 2016, a far cry
from the 24.34 percent claimed by the SBA."
Tiefer also accuses the SBA of excluding the
majority of federal acquisitions from their calculations in claiming small
businesses received 24.34 percent of all federal contracts. He states,
"First, the SBA is counting federal acquisitions for FY 2016 at around
$410 billion. That is an artificial and unconvincing low figure. I have written
in the past that the actual figure is more than double that."
served as solicitor and deputy general counsel of the U.S. House of
Representatives for 11 years. He also served as Commissioner on the
Congressionally chartered, federal Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq
and Afghanistan from 2008 - 2011.
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