Table: Fixing Sba's 8A 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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