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Friday, August 8, 2008

Washington Post: Blackwater Worldwide: Small Business?

Today, the Washington Post's, "Government Inc." blog by Robert O'Harrow Jr. stated:

"Like companies across the land, Blackwater sought to be designated as a small business to win contracts more easily from the State Department or other agencies. But is it also possible that government procurement officials wanted to apply the designation to Blackwater to make it easier to award the contracts?

Don't laugh. It happens all the time."

The re-emergence of this issue brings us back to a press release distributed by the American Small Business League (ASBL) on July 30th, which found that from 2004 to 2008 Blackwater received upwards of $1.07 billion in federal contracts coded as small business contracts. Additionally, the ASBL reported that if the SBA had made the determination that Blackwater's 1000 "independent contractors" were employees, the firm would have exceeded the small business size standard for its industry by 250employees. To read more please click here

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