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Table: Fixing Sba's 8(A) Program


Special Report: ENTERPRISE: Government: MINORITY CONTRACTING

TABLE: Fixing SBA'S 8(a) Program

The Clinton prescription for the highly criticized program:

THE PROBLEM THE SOLUTION

-- Businesses often stay in the SBA has increased scrutiny

program long after they've of program participants,

grown too large or too rich cutting over 500 since 1993

-- Most of the 8(a) contracts go SBA is urging agencies

to a small number of firms to target firms that have

in the program never won an 8(a) contract

-- Many 8(a) firms become SBA is developing

addicted to government a new computer system to

contracts and later fail when track the development of

cut out of the program 8(a) firms

DATA: GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE, SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION


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