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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Bush Officials Fabricated Small Business Contracting Reports According to Court Ordered Documents

Petaluma, Calif. - After losing its fifth federal lawsuit to the American Small Business League (ASBL), the Bush Administration has been forced to release more than 10,000 pages of documents that list the recipients of federal small business contracts for fiscal years 2005 and 2006. Bush Administration officials at the Small Business Administration (SBA) fought the release of the information, but United States District Court Judge Marilyn H. Patel ruled in favor of the ASBL and ordered that the information be released.

The information turned over by the SBA proves the ASBL's long-standing claim that the Bush Administration has fabricated small business contracting data and lied to the public, Congress and the media about the diversion of federal small business contracts to some of the largest firms in the United States and Europe.

"Our goal was to prove before President Bush left office that his administration had fabricated reports and lied to the public, Congress and the media. This information proves that the Bush Administration is responsible for the diversion of more than $100 billion a year in federal small business contracts away from middle-class America and into the hands of some of the largest companies in the world," ASBL President Lloyd Chapman said.

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Monday, June 2, 2008

Small Business Numbers May be Falsely Inflated

A story titled "Are small-biz counts too good to be true?" was published today in Federal Computer Week, written by Matthew Weigelt. The story outlines how the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other federal agencies can use a single contract to represent multiple categories when it comes to meeting their small business contracting goals. For example, DHS can count a single contract that goes to a veteran-owned HUBZone small business as counting towards three subcategories: veteran-owned, HUBZone, and small business.

This practice is documented in a report that was released by the House Homeland Security Committee on May 20. Lawmakers have commented that this practice creates an inaccurate picture that artificially inflates the number of small, minority, and disadvantaged businesses that work with the federal government. This practice of double counting can be damaging for small businesses because federal agencies are able to meet their small business contracting goals while working with fewer small businesses.

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