Blacks and Hispanics Aren't Getting Enough Government Contracts

Derkis Sanchez runs his business, Tip Freeman's Paints and Art Gallery, in Miami Photograph by Max Reed/The New York Times via Redux

The federal government is notorious for missing its goal of awarding 23 percent of contracts to small businesses, a target that Washington has missed for at least seven straight years. The government also sets targets for granting contracts to businesses owned by women, minorities, service-disabled veterans, and firms located in disadvantaged neighborhoods. Some agencies are better than others at hitting these goals, but on the whole, the results aren’t very inspiring.

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