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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

GSA exempts small businesses from eligibility... How does this equal jobs...?

The Small Business Administration exempts small businesses from over $100 billion worth of federal contracts and the GSA exempts small businesses from eligibility for over $40 billion worth of federal contracts each year.

The SBA has a policy of excluding small businesses from eligibility for $100 billion worth of federal contracts from the acquisitions budget, which violates the congressional intent of the Small Business Act, which clearly states that small businesses must receive 23 percent of 'total federal prime contracts'.

Federal regulators exempt GSA Schedule contracts from small business set-aside, despite congressional mandate in the Small Business Act, which states that all federal acquisitions in the simplified acquisition threshold (contracts valued between $3,000 and $150,000) must be set-aside for small businesses. The SBA and FAR council essentially repealed this valuable piece of legislation by exempting all acquisitions on the GSA schedule from small business set-asides.

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

President Obama Signing the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act...? Really

By signing the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, President Obama re-authorized for three years the Comprehensive Subcontracting Plan Test Program, which exempts large defense contractors from required subcontracting reporting as well as any penalty of non-compliance with the Small Business Act.

Originally established as a test program in 1990, the CSPTP is a Department of Defense program that allows major prime defense contractors to avoid complying with their small business goals by eliminating specific small business reporting requirements for individual contracts. It also exempts these large defense firms from the "liquidated damages" clause mentioned before.

The American Small Business League has long maintained that the CSPTP allows large defense contractors to circumvent the Small Business Act, which requires that 23 percent of all federal contracts (including subcontracts). In October 2010, five members of Congress sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office, demanding an investigation into the CSPTP program's effectiveness. Their concern was that the 21-year-old program has never been evaluated for its effectiveness. As of yet (Feb. 2012), their request for an investigation has not been honored.

For more information contact stopFSSI.org
4949 St. Elmo Ave., Suite 221, Bethesda, MD 20814‐6067
(301) 652‐7410 – info@stopFSSI.org– www.stopFSSI.org

For more info please call (877) 653-5129 or Visit us on the Web at http://www.NationalOfficeOutlet.com